What's the most cringeworthy thing your dog does to embarrass you?
The dog addicted to crotch sniffing is right up there. For example, imagine your dog meets and greets your boss by gluing a nose to their crotch... not a great way to get a raise at work.
However, crotch sniffing is natural canine behavior. Your dog isn't trying to get you into trouble, merely wanting to find out more about a person. It just so happens that most people don't find a wet nose in the nether regions socially acceptable.
Of course, punishment is not an option. How would you feel if someone slapped you every time you smiled at a stranger? But this doesn't mean you have to accept crotch sniffing. Instead, you simply need to teach the dog an acceptable behavior to perform when they feel the need to sniff.
Success depends on consistency. For this, you need to prevent crotch sniffing while retraining (keep the dog on a short leash when close to people) and train regularly so that the dog gets the message.
Rather than 'stopping' one behavior (crotch sniffing) you teach the dog an alternative behavior (sniffing an open palm, looking at you, or going to a mat) that is acceptable. This keeps the dog active and thinking, hence distracting them from their chosen activity.
Ideally, start young by training a puppy. It is far preferable to start with good habits than stop bad behavior once it's developed. However, we don't live in an ideal world and sometimes it is necessary to retrain an adult dog. This is perfectly possible but be prepared to train regularly, twice a day for 10- 15 minutes at a time.
Depending on your chosen method, you'll need a combination of the following items:
Meet Jorja broght to me by a homeless person about 4 weeks ago,all my rescues are seniors and its been Bout 12 years since i've had a puppy.She drives me crazy with smelling everything,hands and anything in them, everybodys body etc.I maybe too impatient with her and I feel bad but this smelling thing drives
Me nuts. I love her already of course.
Hello Kim, I suggest teaching some boundaries and impulse control - her desire to sniff isn't really the thing to focus on - that might be who she is or might be something she will grow out of, but you can teach her commands to help her give you more space and be less invasive. Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ All of those commands are ones I suggest training for Jorja specifically, but I especially recommend the Out command - which means leave the area. It is a great every day, give me space, command. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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