May 10th, 2011
|Dogs know approximately 9,456,321 ways to get in trouble. It takes a lot of work to punish your dog every time he engaged in any of these behaviors. The truth is, it’s far easier to teach your dog what you want him to do than to avoid doing the things you dislike. Think in terms of solutions: what do you want your dog to do instead? Think of a behavior that is mutually incompatible with the current unwanted behavior. If your dog is a jumper, you may want him to sit to greet people instead; it’s easier to teach him to sit than it is to teach him “don’t jump.” My previous Saint was a leg humper and would mount people’s legs if they tried to hug – I taught him to go lie down on a bed when people hugged, because he can’t be relaxing on a mat and humping at the same time. Your dog will happily do the right thing, once you teach him what that is!
Casey Lomonaco owns Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in Binghamton, NY.