One of the most important skills for preventing your dog’s misbehavior is knowing how to redirect them before they act. Redirection simply means taking their attention away from whatever they’re focused on and bringing it back to you.
Don’t confuse redirection with blocking. The former is for use when your dog’s energy level is lower and does not involve touch. The latter is necessary when a dog’s energy level is above a five out of 10, and does require touch.
Cesar’s “Tsch!” sound is redirection, while his touch with three fingers in a “claw” is blocking. This article will be dealing with how to redirect your dog.
The idea of redirection is to provide a stimulus that will distract your dog from whatever they’ve fixated on, whether it’s another dog, a person, a squirrel, or a noise outside. Ideally, you’ll want to associate whatever sound you use for redirection with a reward, whether it’s a “tsch,” a clicker, the dog’s name, or some other verbal or non-verbal cue.
What sound, word, or gesture do you use to redirect your dog? Tell us in the comments.
At Cesar’s Way, we strive to be a single pack, and packs have rules, boundaries, and limitations. Here are ours for the comments:
Also, please note that because of volume, we are unable to respond to individual comments, although we do watch them in order to learn what issues and questions are most common so that we can produce content that fulfills your needs. You are welcome to share your own dog tips and behavior solutions among yourselves, however. Thank you for reading our articles and sharing your thoughts with the pack!