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  • Writer's pictureLiz MacHaffie

Success Stations

Finding it hard to ignore your pup's mouthing or jumping? A Success Station might be the answer!

What's It For?

  • For behaviors like mouthing and jumping, we often want to withdraw our attention. It can be hard to do this if our puppy is free to chase us down!

  • These stations give us a way to remove ourselves from our dog's reach without having to leave the room.

  • You'll use your Success Station when your pup needs help with jumping, mouthing, or even barking!

  • Remember, it's normal for young puppies to mouth, jump, and bark. This is one tool to help us help them!

How to Set Up and Use a Success Station

  • Set up a leash tether in a secure location where you will be able to supervise your dog. (Always use very sturdy furniture or install a hardware hook in your wall.)

  • Give your dog a mat or a bed that he can reach when he’s tethered. Your dog should also have a few toys. (Especially if you're working on mouthing!)

  • Interact with your pup while he's behaving well. Reward the good stuff :)

  • Move out of his space when he mouths/jumps/barks.

  • After he mouths/jumps/barks, try and wait for 5 seconds of good behavior before you move back into his space to give him attention. (Including eye contact, touch, talk, or a cue to do something else.) This helps reduce the likelihood that he’ll learn to mouth/bark/jump for attention. Alternatively, you can toss him treats or a toy without moving into the space.

  • Move into the space to reward your puppy and out of the space to say "Please don't do that"!

  • Once your dog is doing well at his Success Station, you can start to leave him off-leash and free at the times he’d normally need it.

Tips & Troubleshooting

  • Consider having a Success Station leash tucked away where you need it. When your puppy starts getting frisky, you can lead them over and hook them up.

  • Success Stations are for outdoors, too!

  • Always supervise your dog when he's tethered.

  • If your dog is having a hard time and is getting frustrated, ask yourself if he has everything that he needs. Is he overtired? (Put him in his crate or pen for a nap.) Does he need playtime? (Put this on pause and go play!) Does he need to go to the bathroom? (Take him out.)

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