This technique must be applied in a methodical and systematic way. In addition, it calls for a significant commitment on the part of the master, which should be highly motivated. This technique is based on a simple principle: any behaviour that is rewarded, or punished, is step intended to disappear automatically. In other words, if the dog cannot find no pleasure in what it does, it immediately ceases to do so.
In theory, the mechanism is clear, but in reality, it is rather complicated to put into practice. This is evidenced by the high number of teachers using this method without obtaining positive results. It is necessary that all members of the family have a consistent behavior : for example, it is unacceptable that, during the meal, some are indifferent to the requests of the dog food while others give him secretly.
Certain behaviours gratify doubling our faithful companion: the pleasure he feels by adopting and the attention he receives from his master. Pup of five or six months, gnawing wood or played with pebbles, feels satisfaction: in this way, it relieves inflamed by the change of teeth gums. In addition, his master, who generally only leaves in the garden for many hours, it is booming when he sees with a stick or a stone in the mouth, interacting with it and for it unwittingly by his attention.
The dog will therefore start to behave similarly to again get the attention of his master, even when the main motivation (the change of teeth) will no longer exist. In this case, the only extinction technique may work because the dog has fun as well seeing his master only in biting wood or stones. To correct this undesirable behavior, should also use a punishment remotely (for example, a stream of water).
When using the extinction technique, do not forget that disadvantages may appear:
1. The behavior you want to put an end to tends to recur.
2. It is easier to remove a continuously reinforced behavior rather than a reinforced behavior in a timely manner.
3. At the beginning of the therapy, the undesirable behavior occurs more frequently.
4. Once a behavior is “off”, another may arise. With extinction technique, we can intervene on all attention-seeking behaviors: hyperactivity, biting tail, chewing of paws, capture of imaginary flies, intense toilet.
It should be noted that these symptoms should be supported as part of a behavioral pathology which therapy will aim to change all components. This therapy can stress and fatigue the dog; It is advisable to associate with the subtraction of building award winning positive alternative behavior. For example, when you realize that he drafted the undesirable behavior, trasmitting him the order to sit and reward him by hugging or sweets.