Impulse Control Answers
1.You drop a piece some chopped up onion on the ground while cooking dinner, which is toxic to dogs (and cats). You want to make sure your dog doesn’t eat it so you dive down to pick it up just before your dog has a chance to eat it.
- Builds Drive – Your race to “get it before the dog does” is an external factor. Had you not been slightly faster, or better positioned your dog would have gotten the food. You have just taught your dog to stay closer to you and to react even quicker next time.
2. You forget to latch your dog’s crate door. You come back to find your dog still in his crate where you left him, but the door wide open.
- Impulse Control – Nothing, but your dog’s decision (and Impulse Control training) kept him in his crate.
3. You are teaching your dog how to play disc sports. She LOVES her discs and is obnoxious when you are trying to set up for a training session, so you lift your hand with the discs above your dog’s reach, so she can’t “steal” them.
- Builds Drive – Your dog is still jumping at you trying to get her discs. You are teaching your dog to try harder, and now she can has a 5′ verticle because she has been successful at getting the discs. Yep, I actually did this with my dog despite knowing better.
4. You tell your dog “sit” then “wait” as you place his food dish down. The entire time you are placing his food dish on the ground you remind him to “wait” and then give him a release cue to eat.
- Builds Drive – Giving your dog cues is an external factor. Your dog’s training for the cue “wait” is keeping him from diving into his food dish. If you did not give the “wait” cue, what would your dog do?
5. You order take out to be delivered to your house. Without saying anything to your dogs, you open the door when the delivery driver gets there, takes the order, sign the check, whatever you need do and your dog happily stays in the house.
- Impulse Control – Your door Zen training has really paid off here! Because you have given your dog no direction, his choice is to stay in the house, which shows impulse control.
6. You are eating dinner and you forgot to bring the salt over to the table. Without pushing your plate back or saying anything to your dog, you leave the table. You come back and your food is still there without being touched.
- Impulse Control – Your door Zen training has really paid off here! Because you have given your dog no direction, his choice is not to steal food, which shows impulse control.