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davecerv
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PostSubject: How to stop things?   Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:08 am

So my boy knocked over the trash can and I'm sure he had a feast. Now he whines and goes by the door cause he wants to go to the kitchen to score with the trash again.
How can I stop him from wanting this? I know moving the trash isn't a solution because he's only gonna get bigger.
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PostSubject: Re: How to stop things?   Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:53 am

I wouldn't let him go into the kitchen where the trash is at and when he is allowed in the kitchen have him leashed to you. If he goes near the trash or looks to the trash give him a correction through the leash. Keep this up until he can go into the kitchen without going around the trash can. Praise/treat when he ignores the can. I would also secure the trash can lid so that if he does happen to sneak in or you miss him and he knocks it over then you don't have to worry about him getting anything he shouldn't have.

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PostSubject: Re: How to stop things?   Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:14 pm

That's right on about correcting this behavior. You can easily stage the scenario with your intended correction in mind and just get it over with. With the correction route you are going to have to correct pretty hard to properly extinguish the behavior.

One super simple, minimally intrusive tool you can use is called Pet Convincer, which is just a cartridge of plain ole air in a trigger mechanism. It comes out really loud and it really works for stuff like this.

Garbage fishing is one those things that warrant a firm correction, but the alternative is quite possibly very expensive surgery or medical bills or even death.

If the correction is firm enough it's done in 3 seconds and you avoid dreadful alternatives.

You'll often get suggestions of asking for incompatible behaviors, such as a Sit away from the garbage, then rewarding. The problem with this is that you do not address the interest, attraction to, or impulse for the garbage. That's what you need to directly correct.
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