Words of Woofdom
It has been said, “The definition of insanity is trying the same thing, over and over again, expecting different results.” If that is the case, then many of us are insane when it comes to working with our dogs. How many times have you yelled “Come!” to get your dog in the house only to have him continue to run around in the yard or park? How often has your dog barked at someone at the door only to ignore your requests to have her stop? The trouble is not that your dog is being spiteful, an attribute proven that dogs do not emulate, but that they just may not understand what you want. You need to change tactics and target the specific behaviors you want to cease or increase. This can be done using very positive methods, such as reinforcing the behaviors you want and ignoring (if you can) the behaviors you do not. We need to make sure your canine understands what you are asking. Otherwise, you just might become “insane”.
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