The seat box is described in the book: “Games for the dog hour” by Maria Hense, here the version adapted and expanded for us
First of all: the “seat box” is not a projectile, but a signal for the dog to sit down.
When a dog turns up the bell, when the doorbell rings or has a visitor who likes to eat, you fill a can with great treats, on which (because of the show effect: the dog can read) “sit!” can write.
The tin is best placed right next to the house or apartment door. So you can quickly press the thing into the hand of everyone who comes in (for example, also the postman) and whenever the dog “starts”, you can show it, the dog “reads”, sits down and then gets out of the can a treat.
This is how the dog learns: when someone comes, I sit and get a reward.
It is best to set up in a relaxed situation: show the can, wait for the dog to sit down (if he doesn’t get the idea by himself, you can also give the known word signal), click and treat.
You can also practice this with distraction: a family member comes in through the door, the phone rings … show the can, the dog sits down, clicks and treats.
Then you can extend that to the bell and / or visit.
In very special cases, you do not necessarily have to insist on sitting, but should click all the friendly behavior that the dog shows to a person holding the can in his hand.
At the same time, you should build up a relaxation signal (if possible also by touch) and possibly insert a stuffable solid rubber toy to de-energize.
The can brings one thing in common to all potentially dangerous strangers: now is training time.
It is a clear, optical signal that only good things are happening now.
The can can be pressed into the hand of anyone who comes in.
The positive side effect: People then no longer bend down to the dog, because they have something to do and even find it cute when the dog sits down “on its own”.
And another great side effect: visitors find it super great when Hundi can read (if you write “seat” on the can and darling actually sits down when you see it).
For dogs that are only overreacting and actually like strangers, the can is a good way to channel the first excitement. I am training for a seat.
If the dog is friendly and simply impetuous, the owner clicks and feeds the visitor from the can.
In dogs that are really afraid of strangers, the can is a kind of safety signal. At the beginning I don’t train for a seat at all, but only for “behaving as friendly as possible”.
And then it is not the stranger who feeds, but his wife. But: NOT from the can, but from our own stock, the can is really only for the visit.
As a “motivational aid” the report of the trainer, it is about a young terrier bitch who “attacked” everyone who came into the house:
When I visited for the second time a few days ago, the dog came running as soon as she realized that I had been given the can in my hand. The can is a symbol for “training mode”.
We then practiced with greater distraction in the second hour, e.g. I rang the doorbell. That worked quite well. In between we took a lot of relaxation breaks so that the wuffle doesn’t start up and can continue to learn.
And then the postman came … we hadn’t really expected such a great reaction from the little mouse, because he was there so suddenly and the mistress of course suddenly had stress. But the little one was cool. Only the postman was a little surprised when we quickly put the can in his hand. “
If you are not (yet) working with clicker, it also works with the same marker word: fiiiine, supiii or similar.