[nagdu] [nagdu' new dog, sniffing, and scavenging

Nicole Torcolini ntorcolini at wavecable.com
Mon Jul 28 03:16:37 UTC 2014

Was he sniffy during class, or is this a new behavior? 

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From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Danielle Sykora
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Subject: [nagdu] [nagdu' new dog, sniffing, and scavenging

Hi all,

I returned home from GDF on Friday with my new dog, a male lab/golden cross
named Thai. Since we have gotten home, I have begun to avoid using
corrections, especially leash corrections. He tends to be quite sniffy,
especially in places with a lot of food. A firm "leave it"
usually is sufficient but it can be difficult to quickly get his attention.
Also, he will scavenge for food and pick up dropped items which he really
should not be eating. This behavior mostly occurs out of harness, but it is
still undesirable. Any thoughts on decreasing sniffing and strengthening
food refusal skills using positive methods?


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