Management, the first line of defense

One of my favorite authors in the dog training field is Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA She is always talking about management. Management is simply what you can do with undesirable behavior before any training begins. Sometimes you can manage a situation and not even bother with the training. For instance, one thing you can do with a jumping dog is manage greetings by putting the dog behind a baby gate when people come in. That way people can approach the dog on their terms. With chewing unwanted things like shoes, clean the house, close the doors and put away everything the dog could chew. We, many times, try to manage a situation first before deciding to change behavior through training.