Spot-Remover: Clean Up “Not Quite Right” Behavior

Have you ever trained something into a behavior accidentally, and then wished you could go back in time and undo it? Me, too. But we can't go back.

Whether it’s a squeak as the dog moves into heel position, a foot shuffle on a stand stay—or maybe you’ve trained your dog to nose-then-paw on a paw target? Sometimes “junk” behaviors get reinforced accidentally as part of a goal behavior; often, this is not realized until after the fact. Are those little quirks permanent? What can you do to get rid of them? In this Session, we’ll talk about how those unwanted behaviors creep into training sessions and we will discuss strategies and tips to remove them without losing that enthusiasm valued so highly in clicker-crazy dogs.

Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), she is a faculty member for KPA, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). She is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods.

She has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).