Teach Your Dog Impulse Control to Get Better Behavior

In this video, I’m going to connect the dots between your dog’s impulse control and achieving good dog manners.

Define Impulse Control

Impulse control is something that many, many puppies and dogs do not have. They can’t control the urge to do what they feel they want to do in any given moment.

You know, jumping on people, taking your stuff.

Mainly, it’s because You, the dog owner, up to this point, have not had a PLAN.

A PLAN on how to begin working and teaching your dog to control his or her impulse when he wants to do things you don’t like — but he thinks are fun! Keep reading.

Impulse Control Is As Easy As: One, Two, Three

If I gave you a plan today, like in this video and you spent 10 to 14 days with your puppy or dog, you would be absolutely amazed at the results!

You take a handful of food treats like this (see video). You can sit on the floor in front of your puppy or dog Or you can sit in a chair and lean forwards a little bit.

The MAIN thing is that you offer your puppy food treats like this.

  • Take a handful of food treats like this (see video).
  • Sit on the floor in front of your puppy or dog Or
  • Be  in a chair and lean forwards a little bit.

Now, he’s going to grab at your hand to get the treat. This is his impulse to grab, kicking in.

You simply close your hand up like that. You controlled the treat

Open it again, close it, open. Open, close, like that.

What begins to happen is your puppy begins to just stand there and wait, or he may sit, or he may lie down.

Impulse Control Begins to Kick In

He stops trying to grab because right now, he’s using his instincts.

He’s learning how to get the treats out of your hand!

Because, when you just keep doing this, shutting your hand when he tries to grab the treat,  eventually he will give you a much better behavior because guess what?

He’s controlling his impulses.

He may give you a sit, and then you say yes and give him a food treat out of your open hand.

He has just learned that  if he controls his impulses, food comes.

Get Impulse Control Over Other Dog Behaviors

Now, here’s where I’m going with this, and this is the important part.

He learns this foundation: It’s very simple to not do what his impulses say to go ahead and do which is grab the treats. Instead he gives you a sit to get what he wants.

Next You Can Apply the Impulse Control to Jumping Up

If he controls his impulse and sits, then he gets his attention from you.

That’s a good example of how you can take a simple exercise like this and apply it to other simple problems that you have with your dog in your home, like jumping up. You teach your dog a foundation of don’t grab at the treats, you simply wait.

The Beauty of Teaching Impulse Control Like This

You’re not saying anything.

That’s the beauty about it.

You just open up your hand, he goes to grab the treats, you shut your hand. You open it up, shut it. Like that. And eventually, he’s going to sit or lay down.

When he gives you a very good impulse control behavior, you just mark it and treat it.

Say yes and give him a cookie.

Do that repeatedly. What you are beginning to teach your puppy or your dog is — if he waits politely and controls his impulses, good things come to him.

Use Impulse Control To Work On These Things

Jumping up

Counter surfing and more–go through the list of stuff that you want to work on with your dog in your home.

Do this for the next 10 to 14 days in your home with your dog, and let me know.

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Here’s an easy PLACE  to begin teaching your dog impulse control.  This is my tried an true method to begin teaching dogs manners and good behavior