The Difference Between Correcting and Redirecting a Dog’s Behavior

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At our dog training facility in Northern Virginia we always go over the concept with owners on the difference between correcting an issue and redirecting an issue.

So, I will attempt to give a few scenarios for you to help determine which action is more appropriate for your dog/issue.

Excessive Barking:
-I would “correct” it with the word “off.”

Counter Surfing:
-I would correct this behavior with an “off.”

Jumping on People:
-You can correct if actively jumping (using “off”)
-You can also redirect by having the dog sit before the person approaches, and having them be greeted while in the sit

Sees Another Dog and Pulls on Leash:
-We would redirect the behavior by continuing on with the heel and correcting back into a heel.

Gets excited when someone comes to the door and rushes the door:
-For this, we would redirect the behavior by using something like the “place” command.

Reacts negatively when people/dogs walk by:
-I would redirect this into a sit, place, or heel.

Essentially, if you really break it down, I would correct when it’s just you and your dog and your dog is doing something unwanted.

I would redirect the behavior anytime your dog is doing something based off of distractions (people, dogs, cars, etc).

About Off Leash K9 Training

My name is Nick White, I am the owner of Off-Leash K9 Training. I am a former US Marine Iraq War Veteran, and former US Secret Service, also, I currently have 12 locations in the United States. We specialize in basic obedience, advanced obedience, personal protection, and drug detection. About us: As you will see, our client list includes: NBA Star John Wall, UFC World Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, World Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr, UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, film star Ron Jeremy, 3x UFC Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin, WWF World Champion Iron Sheik, Kane Hodder ("Jason" from the Friday the 13th movies), the staff from the hit show "Operation Repo," and Elliot's dog from Elliot in the Morning on DC 101! See them in our highlight video here: We also had yahoo do a special on us, as well! As you will see on our website, we are getting a lot of publicity and it's continually growing! We've had American Legion, US Military Veterans, NoVa Dog Magazine, Military Times Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine, and The Virginia and Maryland Dog Magazine do stories on us (just to name a few). You can see all of these articles if you go to our "About Us" page of website and scroll to the bottom. We are also the official trainers for ABC's "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson." Recently, we were named one of the top trainers in the world by the Dogington Post! There are over 400 videos of dogs we have trained on YouTube so you can see the amazing results we get verse us just tell you about it, so we would highly encourage you to check out our Youtube Channel and was some of the stuff we do! Thank you for your interest in our amazing training. -Nick

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