Train your dog with God bombs

The concept of correcting your dog can create a contest of willpower between you and your pet. Anyone who has ever lived with a slightly rambunctious dog can tell you that such creatures thrive on contests of willpower. A four-year-old whimpering at Walmart over a candy bar still doesn’t have the willpower that the average dog has.

For example, if you’ve ever told your dog not to get off the couch or eat on the counter, he knows you don’t like him doing that. It stops? hell no. He just does the behavior when you’re not looking. Or maybe he even does it in front of you with a look that says, go ahead, he’s trying to stop me.

That’s because Fido knows what you want. But he just knows that he has a choice to do it anyway because maybe, just maybe, today is the day that mom or dad won’t have the strength to deal with me.

The answer is NOT to yell or correct your dog louder or louder. That’s a hard lesson for most pet owners to learn. But as you may have discovered by now, correcting more and more just becomes an enjoyable challenge for the dog. He thinks: “Go ahead, make my day, because today I feel lucky, punk”.

Let’s take the luck out of the training process!

Here is a set of simple instructions to follow to prevent your dog from engaging in indoor behavior such as getting on the couch, gobbling food off counters, eating garbage, etc.

1. Do not scold the dog. You will only teach him to wait until you are not around if you do.

2. Instead, keep a supply of empty plastic milk jugs on hand around the house.

3. In each empty ½ gallon or gallon jug, place a couple of handfuls of dry beans and recap.

4. When you find the dog on the couch, or better yet, staring at it, pick up a mug so it lands on or near your dog, depending on its size or temperament.

5. When you throw the jar away, DO NOT look at or say anything to your dog, and do not pick up the jar again in your dog’s presence.

6. Your dog will think, “Hmmm, God drops a heavy bombshell on my head every time I look at the couch.”

This process will not harm your dog as it certainly does not hurt. In fact, he won’t even hurt his feelings because you didn’t yell at him. However, it will make the behavior much less fun than it was before.

You may only have to do the above once or twice for the couch (garbage or whatever) to be a “bad place” for Fido. But what you have taken away from the contest is YOURSELF. You’ve done the contest between Fido and God, and believe me, God always wins.

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