🐕 4 ON THE FLOOR & GREETINGS
STANDING IN BALANCE IS C-A-L-M-I-N-G
In this course you’ll learn the powerful Life Skill of calm Four on the Floor. Yes this is a type of “stand” but, as used in this particular course, Four on the Floor will not receive or need a verbal or physical cue. Instead, through your training, there will be many situations & contexts which develop into cues for this behavior.
You’ll learn to grow a strong habit of STATIONARY Four on the Floor in ANY & ALL situations where you want to replace the undesired behaviors of jumping, climbing or mouthing at you or other people. It’s possible you’ll need your dog on leash for training some situations e.g., when greeting other people.
Four on the Floor can also be trained IN MOTION – I refer to this as “Walk With Me” but I do not use a verbal cue Four on Floor in Motion / Walk With Me is usually trained when moving through the house and yard together and serves to replace the undesired behaviors of mouthing and grabbing at your hands, arms, feet, legs, body and clothing. Walk With Me training may or may not involve a leash, either way, do not confuse it with loose leash training.
STATIONARY Four on the Floor is a solution for:
- jumping on you and / or other people
- climbing up on you and / or other people
- pawing at you and / or other people
- paws on countertops, dining tables, aka counter-surfing (“place” also a great solution)
Four on the Floor IN MOTION / Walk With Me is a solution for:
- mouthing at your body and clothing as you’re trying to walk or move
- jumping on you and / or other people as you’re trying to walk or move
- running, racing, flying through the house to get from point A to B