Training a Herding Puppy To Stop Chasing the Kids Using BAT

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: September 25, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with a Sheepadoodle puppy named Lola who needed help to stop chasing the kids outside and stop reactivity.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Lola’s guardian to learn about their main puppy behavior concerns. I learned that like most excitable puppies, Lola had a hard time controlling herself around the kids. She wanted to play with them, which resulted in her nipping at them. I first taught the kids to try to stand still so they don’t become more interesting to Lola when she gets excited and ask their mom or dad to come and help them calm Lola down. To teach Lola to relax around the kids we used Behavior Adjustment Training or BAT which you can watch below.

As you can see in the video above, it took a while to figure out what Lola was specifically reacting to. Lola started to get more and more excited as she moved farther away from the house. After I assessed this I learned that we could simply walk Lola back towards the deck and she would start to calm down. So with practice walk Lola off of the deck around the yard and as she gets excitable move her back towards the house. Eventually she will be able to walk calmly in the backyard without getting over excited.

By the end of the puppy behavior session Lola was learning to look to her guardians for leadership and direction and learning to calm down. As a Sheepadoodle trainer, to keep up with this good behavior remember to do several short training sessions and use our Petting with a Purpose technique. We wrapped up this behavior session with Lola’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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