Beware the Poisoned Mat – Whole Dog Journal
In canine coaching, we most steadily hear the time period “poisoned” hooked up to the phrase “cue,” which means a cue for a specific habits has taken a damaging affiliation, both as a result of the cue has turn into related to deliberate punishment or as a result of the cue was given concurrently some unlucky sudden aversive occasion.
The cue for “come when called” steadily turns into poisoned when somebody is silly sufficient to punish their canine (for operating away, as the most typical instance) after the canine lastly comes again, or calling him after which doing one thing he doesn’t like, like giving him medicine or crating him. The canine thinks dangerous issues occur when he responds to the “Come” cue and is much less more likely to come the subsequent time he’s referred to as.
A canine’s identify can be poisoned if his human makes the error of claiming, “No, no, Rocky!! Bad dog, Rocky!”
An instance of an “unfortunate aversive event” could be that your canine simply occurs to the touch his nostril to your horse’s pasture electrical fence on the similar time you give the “sit” cue, so your “sit” cue turns into poisoned. Your canine now thinks “Sit!” means he’s about to get shocked.
Objects can also turn into poisoned when they’re related to an aversive occasion. Something your canine beforehand beloved, resembling his mat, can turn into aversive whether it is repeatedly related to one thing that he finds mildly to reasonably aggravating, resembling frequent journeys to the veterinary clinic, and even nail clipping or medical remedy procedures at dwelling.
Once you could have mat-trained your canine, acknowledge and shield the worth of his optimistic affiliation along with his mat. Make positive that for each time you utilize it to assist him with a mildly to reasonably aggravating scenario that you just comply with it with many joyful and enjoyable “Place” repetitions. And don’t even attempt to use it for issues which can be extraordinarily aggravating for him – it received’t assist, and you’ll seemingly poison the mat and lose your very precious coaching and administration instrument.