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Identifying inappropriate behavior

Identify the inappropriate behavior in concrete terms, naming it with verbs in the present tense.
For example: "The dog / puppy gets aggressive with other dogs / puppies."

Assess the behavior directly. Observe the dog / puppy in different settings and note where the behavior does and does not occur.

Document specific actions prior to the onset of the behavior, during the behavior and as a consequence of the behavior.

Assess the behavior indirectly. Have a meeting with the owner/family concerning the behavior and situations prior to and following the behavior

Consider all observations when devising the intervention program.

Decide if the dog / puppy display similar or different behavior in various settings and if the same stimuli result in similar behavior

Determine what the dog / puppy avoids or gets as a result of the behavior

Create an intervention plan addressing the specific negative behavior

Make changes in the correction level as needed.

Address the behavior by making the changes first in the home with no distraction.
Then try moving the dog / puppy's behavior training from a quieter area to a noisier one.

Keep written records of the dog / puppy's behavior or graph the occurrence or
non-occurrence of the behavior to keep track of the effectiveness of the intervention.


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