Impulse control is a critical behavior to teach not just dogs, but humans too! For now, let’s focus on dogs. Impulse control for dogs means training a wanted behavior to limit an unwanted behavior – so think of things like jumping up on people, picking up objects they’re not supposed to, or gunning directly for any dropped food. Most of the time, impulse control will help both you and your dog be just a bit happier, but sometimes, it can help keep your dog safe in dangerous situations.
In this course led by certified trainer and behavior consultant Alex Sessa, we'll dive into impulse control and how you can work with your dog to stop problem behaviors before they happen. We’ll also give our recommendations for the best tools to employ to make both you and your dog’s life easier!
Meet Your Instructors
Meet Your Instructors
Is your dog a big jumper? Whether it's jumping up on people, tables, or countertops, jumping is one of the most common problem behaviors that dog owners are looking to solve. It turns out, however, we all might be doing it wrong…and worse, we might be actually reinforcing the jumping behavior. In this workshop, we’ll break down how to evaluate why your dog is jumping, then give you the tips you need to help prevent it.
We’ll also break down some real life situations, like meeting a new person for the first time, so your dog can get all the human love they need, without making the human uncomfortable in the process.
Without opposable thumbs, dogs need to interact with objects and the world around them with one tool – their mouths! However, not everything in our weird human world is okay for your dog to pick up in their mouth, so the Drop It cue is all about creating an automated response from your dog that will cue them to drop any item. In this workshop, we’ll walk through how you can build this behavior in real life situations without causing any unwanted side issues like resource guarding.
Leave it? Drop tt? How are these things different? Well, the drop it cue is intended for when your dog already has an object in their mouths, while leave it is used to ask your dog to not take an object in the first place. In this workshop, we’ll walk through a step by step process for teaching your dog this more advanced cue, and then level it up with a few different scenarios that will test your dog’s limits.
Wait for Food
Ready for the biggest impulse control test of them all? To wrap up this course, we’re going to be working through training your dog to wait for their food. If your dog isn’t too much of a crazy eater, then this is just a nice test to see how well your dog's impulse control is progressing, but if you have a breed that has a predisposition to literally inhaling food (looking at you, black labs!) this can be a really important cue to learn. We’ll break down the steps to teaching your dog to wait for their food while keeping them from getting too frustrated during the process.
Frequently Asked Questions -
This could be many things, but a good trick is to always try to give your dog an outlet for their energy through enrichment or exercise – that way they’re a little more sated, and are more likely to pay attention. If you continue to struggle with this, we suggest scheduling a 1:1 call with one of our certified trainers.
Your dog is likely “resource guarding”, which is a problem behavior that is best solved immediately. While we don’t have a course on this at the moment, we will in the future! For now, we suggest booking a 1:1 call with one of our certified trainers.
We’re not live yet, but you will be able to access soon! In the meantime, you can sign up for the waitlist.
All of our courses are a part of your Gentle Beast membership – you can take as many or as little as you like! Each week you will receive a set of self-service workshops of the courses you signed up for.