Dog Training Cat Tip of the Day:
, "the cone of shame," Christmas sweaters or Halloween costumes, dog goggles, booties, or a doggie diaper can all initially feel aversive and stressful to your dog.
While some are "just for fun" other types of worn accessory may be necessary for your dog depending on if they have an injury, the climate outside, or simply for safety!
When introducing something new like this, work on conditioning cooperation with very short sessions sharing some food/treats and movement. Have your dog on a leash and get them walking, rewarding frequently, having them do little simple obedience drills or tricks that they know. For example, walks 5 steps, stop and sit for a treat while using pressure and release to keep your pup moving forward and keep them from trying to paw at or pull off their gear.
Muzzle conditioning is a great example of getting a dog excited about wearing something intrusive, and in a matter of days you can have a dog comfortable and cooperative in a muzzle. They key: positive association with food and then using your walk and leash movement to get their mind off of their face!
Don't just put something on your dog and set them loose in the house - they will likely freak out and focus all their energy on getting it off (and once they get it off successfully once, they can be even more determined to do it again)! Introduce the item, put it on, use some food and leash movement in short repetitions to get your pup's mind off their new accessory, and focused on what they know!
Now, off to save the city. -Cenicero, #dogtrainingcat
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