- Scarfing food off the table/counter/hands of young children
- Barking and posturing at another dog
- Pulling on a leash
- Breaking a stay
- Sniffing/eating nasty trash off the ground (can you tell I have a Labrador?)
- Greeting people or dogs who would rather not be greeted
- Missing the next cue I give
- Getting into or causing any number of miscellaneous problems
So imagine my delight when I realized it has another application - making sure a 5 year old is paying attention to me. Now instead of repeating myself twelve times (bad, bad Momma, say it the first time and mean it!), I can say "Bug. Stop. Look at me. Do not put stickers on the dog." Just like the dogs, once I can drag her attention to me I can cue her next behavior or redirect the current behavior.
Am I proud that I can get the exact same results for child and canine with the same cue? Well...not really. But it sure is handy. There's been a lot less yelling since I discovered this, though, and that's a good thing. Not that that neighbors have noticed it being any quieter around here. I blame hormones. Don't know what I'll do next spring when the windows are open again and I'm not pregnant.