So what does this picture have to do with dog training?
While I was writing my book “Control on Leash” I went through biofeedback training. This is a photo of the monitor from one of my sessions. I wrote all about my experiences with the coaches and biofeedback techniques that I learned. I then took the same techniques that I learned and applied them to dog training.
Biofeedback is “a patient-guided treatment that teaches an individual to control muscle tension, pain, body temperature, brain waves, and other bodily functions and processes through relaxation, visualization and other cognitive control techniques.” –Kjell Sheldon Nelson
I teach dogs to use their bodies to calm themselves down. So in other words, when your dog is stressed he can choose to use the techniques on his own because he’s self interpreting that he feels stressed or you can cue him to use the techniques.
One of the most commonly used techniques is a breath. What do we do when we are stressed? We hold our breath and dogs do too. For example, If I notice that Boy appears stressed I will cue him to take a breath. This technique and many more are in my book “Control on Leash.”
How to Teach Your Dog to Breath on Cue:
- Present treat to dog and watch the side of the dog’s nose to flair out when he sniffs.
- As soon as you see a flair you will mark (with word “yes” or a clicker) and reward with treat.
- Repeat the process.
- After several sessions you will fade the click with the named cue like “breathe.”
BLOG WRITTEN BY MICHELLE HUNTTING
BUILDING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOG AND PET GUARDIAN.™