Teaching your dog what’s off limits by throwing your body weight around

Our dog used to always lick the dirty dishes as you loaded the dishwasher. We tried everything. We yelled at him, we sprayed him with water, we sprayed him with vinegar water, we tapped his nose, we pulled him back with a leash. Nothing was going to deter him from licking good food scraps.

Then we tried the body block. Every time he tried to get to the dirty dishes, we just put our body between him and the dishwasher. He was cured within a week. Dogs use their bodies to control direction and access. It was a language he understood.

Photo by Andy Simonds

Photo by Andy Simonds

2 comments for “Teaching your dog what’s off limits by throwing your body weight around

  1. Terry prisher
    August 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This stray just showed up at out country home an we’ve taken him in,an he is nice but I am sort of scared to discipline him with aggression cause I’m afraid he will respond with aggression, what should I do ?

  2. stormy
    August 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Use positive rewards and distractions. For example, we’ve taught one of our dogs to “Bring the shoe”. Whenever he gets a shoe, we offer him a treat. So now if there are any shoes out, he goes and gets them and drops them at our feet. (We then had to teach them he couldn’t pull them off people’s feet!)

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