Time will pass anyway.
Sure, training takes time. And dedication. And consistency.
But if you want a good dog, a dog you’re elated to be around and proud to show off, there is no reason why that time shouldn’t start TODAY.
You’re with your dog everyday, anyway, right?
Stop reinforcing the bad stuff, start correcting it. And start reinforcing the good stuff.
Sometimes it’s easier to ignore the issues than deal with them, but if you stop letting the issues occur, not only will you not need to deal with them, you won’t need to ignore them either.
"Diet starts Monday."
How many times have you heard this?
Translate to: things are starting to get out of control again, so now we need to start from the beginning until things are back under control.
Sure, diets can work, but most people don't see long-term changes by following a "diet."
They see long-term changes by changing their lifestyle.
So, I had a tiny little leak in my basement. A seriously small little leak. So small that I didn't even notice it for a while, or just saw a few drops on the floor with no concern.
Obviously, like any responsible home owner I knew I needed to get this little leak fixed, but it wasn't my priority in my 100 year old Murphy's Law of a house that I purchased.
So I put a bucket under it and left the basement.
A few days later, this bucket was more than half way filled. I was seriously shocked because I had only seen a drop or two come from this pipe!
I swear, I didn't come here to complain about my house's problems, you have to see me in person to get that. 😂
Dogs work the same way as this leaky pipe.
If you remember from a high school psych class, an intrinsic reward is something that is internally rewarding--something that feels good. Because this reward occurs internally, the behaviors are automatically reinforced.
Intrinsic rewards are one of the biggest battles in dog training. In dogs, these are most commonly displayed as counter surfing, chasing animals, or jumping on people.
I have seen this happen a handful of times, and it is one of the most difficult things for owners to handle.
Your baby gets sick or hurt, and being the loving, caring owners that we are, we take care of them.
We nurse them back to health, we cuddle them, we spoil them.
And because of that, we derail their training.
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