by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
How to Stop Unwanted Behavior
1. Stop focusing on correcting or punishing bad behavior. Saying “No!” or squirting your dog with water might relieve your frustration but it can maintain or worsen your dog’s bad behavior. Corrections are deceiving. They momentarily suppress unwanted behavior so it seems to have worked. But if your dog does it again, it didn’t work at all! If you correct your dog often, you can diminish his willingness to listen and cooperate.
2. Choose a behavior your dog can do that will replace Continue reading
Dogs Will Be Dogs – Gypsy in the morning watching sees me until she sees me peek.
Today is my favorite day of the week, groceries day! I don’t understand why mom doesn’t get excited about groceries. She leaves the house as if she has to go shovel cow manure. I would not mind going to the grocery store every single day. It’s just so exciting, there’s always a surprise hidden in one of the bags. I can’t control my enthusiasm. I jump up and down and run circles around her trying to see the surprise inside the bags. I race her to the car as she goes back for more bags. I like to help her bring the grocery bags by sticking my head inside the bag and guide her to the front door. Oh boy, I smell a treat surprise! I can’t quite locate it. Where is it? Is it in this bag? Or this one? Why is mom not helping? What? She’s making a cup of coffee! Not now! We need to get the perishables in the fridge! Maybe if I offer my ball and sit looking so cute she’ll help. Yup, that did it. This week’s surprise; sweet-potato jerky, yummy!