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Impulse Control Workshop

Presented by: Elise Gouge

Workshop for: Shelters, staff, and volunteers ONLY

Impulse control skills are different than obedience commands because instead of you telling the dog to do something, the dog offers the behavior as a default. When he sees something he wants, instead of just going for it, he stops and pauses. Behaviors like barreling out of crates or doors, snapping up food that falls on the floor (or pills or toxic items!), jumping all over people for food or petting – all of these can be curbed with impulse control work.

Another benefit of working on these exercises with shelter dogs is that they are mostly non-verbal on the trainer’s part. The cue is normally the action (dropping food, opening a door, etc.) so once the dog learns impulse control, it can easily transfer over to new owners. Since we all give obedience commands using different language (both verbal and with our body), it can be hard for a dog to generalize that sit means sit whether in Spanish, English or with a hand signal. However, something like a door opening generally looks the same so the dog can be more successful with responding correctly.

Lastly, impulse control work is hard mental work for dogs! Even five minutes a day can help a dog cope with shelter stress better, which makes it more likely that his quality of life will be better. All of these positive benefits will hopefully help shelter dogs get adopted sooner and have smoother transitions into their new homes.

In this two-hour workshop, we will practice basic impulse control exercises.

● Not diving for food in a person’s hand or on the floor

● Not barreling out of a crate door when it’s opened

● Not jumping on a person holding a food bowl

You will learn how to train a dog not to do these unruly behaviors and, instead, offer eye contact or sit. This will all be done without ever having to command the dog verbally!

Elise Gouge is a certified cat and dog behavior consultant and owner of Pet Behavior Consulting, LLC, based out of Granby, MA. She has been consulting for community pet owners to help improve their pet’s behavior since 2004, specializing in aggression, anxiety and phobic behavior. She is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter. She particularly loves any time she gets to spend at Dakin, which is where she first got experience working with shelter animals. Visit the PBC website to learn more about Elise and Pet Behavior Consulting, LLC – www.petbehaviorconsulting.com or 413-230-9873.


Refund Policy

We will refund your class fee if you cancel in writing 2 days before the class starts. Enrollments within 2 days of the class are not eligible for refunds for any reason.


All refund requests must be made in writing & emailed to our office at kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org or by calling us at (413) 781-4000 x 117. Please also email this contact for any registration questions.



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