Words of Woofdom – Practice Makes Perfect
As the old adage goes, practice makes perfect and there is a lot of truth to that. I cannot be a concert pianist by just banging on some keys; I must practice…a lot. If I practiced juggling I am sure I would get better at it, despite how clumsy I am now. Likewise, if your dog practices behaviors such as pulling on leash, he too, should get better at pulling the leash. However, if I practiced walking on a loose leash, he will get better at that behavior instead. Increasing the practicing of behaviors you want to have happen should be your goal! When a dog, or a human, practices unwanted behaviors they can become habits. Habits are typically harder to eliminate than new behaviors. Therefore, increasing behaviors that you want to have happen early on makes it easier than trying to break an old habit. The good news is even practiced behaviors and habits CAN be changed if you want them to be. The payoff is that the bit of training you put in on the front end will last the lifetime of your dog…with practice.