You guys I just found this amazing video about teaching your pup impulse control. I just did one session with Libby for about 10 mins and WHOA what a difference.
I don't want this post to be too long winded, but I will give you a glimpse at why I wanted Libby to learn this. Whenever we do our training sessions and she does a command correctly I want to give her a treat, however as I am about to give it to her, she lunges towards my hand. It has gotten a lot better because I taught her "take it nice" and I wont let her have it unless she takes the treat without lunging or chomping on my hand. Well let me tell you, this new training technique works 100% better and she caught on SOOOOO quickly!!!!
I think this is such an important skill for our pups to know so that they dont jump on tables, counters, get into trash etc. Basically you rewarded them when they avoid the temptation. In this case its the treat in my hand.
Let me say I am going to start EVERY training session with this. Because never before has she looked into my eyes to see if I will give her the treat. Her focus has always been on my hand with the treats. After one session of doing this, she watches me, and waits. She doesn't lunge, she takes the treats so gently.
I really just cant say enough about this training technique.
So try it with your pups and see if it works. Libby didn't quite catch on as quickly as the pup in the video. But I still saw results VERY quickly.
Take care guys!