Controlling Bad Dog Behavior With The Interrupt Command

January 7th, 2008 by Micah

One of the most important commands that you can learn for training your dog is the Interrupt Command. Basically, the idea is this: you develop a phrase that will instantly grab the attention from your dog when his attention is in a bad place. The way to do this is to habituate the dog, at first, to thinking it will get a treat whenever the command is spoken. Since dogs are “food first” creatures, food or treats can be used to direct the dog’s attention and habituate the dog to almost anything. After habituation, the words alone will have such strong associations to food, that they will work without necessarily using the food.

The Dog Guide has written a basic article for getting started with the Interrupt Command. Make sure to take a look.

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