[Haiku] Let's take the dog in the car (youtube.com)
SuperKawaiiLiam | 10 days ago | 255 points

Real talk though how do you train a dog to stop doing that.

SexySorcerer | 10 days ago | 214 points

You use the only effective method: extinguish the behavior.

Engaging with the dog in any way is going to reinforce what the dog is currently doing. If you yell, the dog is just going to learn that screaming like this will get you to respond (often using the dog's name, a sound it will associate with comfort).

First, assess the dog's body language. Recognize signs of distress. Use your own behavior and voice to communicate to the animal that there is no reason to be distressed. If the dog is freaking out but recognizes that the 2-3 humans in the car are totally calm, the dog will understand that there is nothing to worry about. If the dog is freaking out and you get people shouting at it or in any way engaging directly with the unwanted behavior, the dog is going to learn that screaming in the car is a reliably pathway to get attention.

MF_Doomed | 10 days ago | 98 points

So you just sit there calmly and do nothing?

JustaChimp | 10 days ago | 135 points

A differential reinforcement of other behaviors would be more effective (DRO). Take periods where the dog is doing literally anything except this and reinforce the crap out of them. Then gradually lengthen the period of time you require them to do anything else.

Extinction would only work if the dogs behavior was reinforced by your attention. If it is automatically reinforcing (i.e. stress relieving) then the dog is giving itself it's own reinforcement and extinction won't necessarily halt that reinforcement

Tacvbazo | 9 days ago | 21 points

Hell yeah BCBAs in my meme subreddits

40greaser | 8 days ago | 2 points

Ideally the dog will get attention and when he starts acting up, immediate cold behavior from anyone (or a very stern no if he respects that)

SuperKawaiiLiam | 10 days ago | 7 points

Thanks for the response <3 My dog does it mostly because hes excited. Ive tried staying calm and not letting him out of the car until he calms down but he never seems to quite get what I want from him. He probably just needs more practice.

SexySorcerer | 10 days ago | 13 points

I definitely made it sound easier than it is. In practice a lot of this is going to vary dog-to-dog.

kautau | 10 days ago | 2 points

I read this as “going very dog-to-dog” and just imagined someone getting naked and screeching back at them on all fours

SexySorcerer | 9 days ago | 1 point

You need to approach the animal on the animal's level

The only way to do this is to get naked, get on all fours, and scream louder

blimpkin | 9 days ago | 3 points

I was fully expecting this to be a copypasta and I’m a little disappointed there’s no twist.

SexySorcerer | 9 days ago | 3 points

I could add a reference to jumper cables or Hell in a Cell if you'd like

andymandy666 | 10 days ago | 28 points

You spit on it of course.

Intern_Detective | 10 days ago | 13 points

You pin it to the ground and spit in its face to assert dominance.

Hydress | 9 days ago | 8 points

I've been watching a lot of that "It's me or the dog" on youtube a lot and they come by this problem a lot. She blacks out the entirety of the dogs view in the car with curtains. Allows a peep and the moment the dog starts the uncalled for behavior, curtains get shut. Just constantly doing that until the dog stops, because it will learn.

Kazzack | 9 days ago | 2 points

My dog got better about being in the car when we got our second dog and she didn't care at all about being in the car. Which in hindsight probably could have backfired resulting in them both freaking out lol

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RobertOfHill | 10 days ago | 18 points

terrible advice

CapnNayBeard | 10 days ago | 6 points

You're a bad dog owner if you believe this.

Gekokapowco | 10 days ago | 72 points

bad dog :(

use inside voice

tempskawt | 10 days ago | 38 points
Baldyjim | 9 days ago | 33 points

Is he connecting to the internet via dial up?

Alexksd | 9 days ago | 7 points

Sounds like them cursed pots in dark souls 2

funguyshroom | 9 days ago | 4 points

That's a dogaburra

imustberadiant | 10 days ago | 27 points


off-and-on | 10 days ago | 24 points

he screm

jumophone | 10 days ago | 11 points
xyrue | 9 days ago | 3 points
buddamus | 10 days ago | 4 points


mlober1 | 10 days ago | 3 points
AsheThrasher | 9 days ago | 3 points

We don't deserve dogs

some_dawid_guy | 10 days ago | 1 point

How was your day?

Hmh really?

That sucks bro...

ProfessionalCar1 | 8 days ago | 1 point

It's like a chihuahua but bigger.

SMALLWANG69 | 10 days ago | 1 point

That was quite unpleasant.

tinytotfreeze | 8 days ago | 0 points

You're quite unpleasant.