“A simple way to keep people from doing something without punishing them is to reward them for doing something else”
Coercian and its Fallout – Murray Sidman
In his book, “Coercian and it’s Fallout” Murray Sidman explores the huge role that coercion already plays in our day to day lives. It is little wonder then, when facing challenges in our dog’s behavior, our natural inclination is to turn to coercion, no matter how mild and despite our best efforts.
Here at DogLogic, our mission is to turn this natural inclination toward coercion around.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why does my dog insist on racing through every door that I open?”
The answer is simple.
He always has great fun on the other side of that door!
You may ask, “But it could be dangerous! How can I stop my dog from doing that?”
The answer again is simple.
Give your dog something great fun to do on this side of the door – even when it’s opened!
In the words of Murray Sidman, “Reward him for doing something else!”
As an amazingly effective first step, simply begin to treat your dog with their favorite tidbits or toy as you open the door. Think of it as rewarding them for simply being there with you (“doing something else”) on the inside of the door.
Remember … Reward heavily! Remember how much fun they’ve had on the other side of the door already! Then toss some treats or their favorite toy behind them, back into the house. Close the door and continue to play with them there. Sometimes you might decide not to go out of the open door at all. Just have all the fun inside. Do this consistently and watch their behavior change – coercion free!
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