Remember in school when you asked, “Why do we have to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.” With our school, there’s no question how our knowledge fits into your very real, everyday life. The good news?! There will be no term papers or final exam. Your pass / fail grade will be that little furry thing that keeps peeing on your carpet and chewing on your most beloved items (good thing it’s cute). But unlike your semester of PSYC 101, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 – 13 years.

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We’ve taken the time to break down everything you need to know, starting with the basics; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (By the way, not only are these methods great for training dogs, they also work on children and husbands. But you didn’t hear it from us.)

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Which training method should you use? Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. You can also combine a few training methods such as luring and molding to teach the desired behavior. Make sure that you enjoy the training and don’t allow yourself to get too frustrated. All good things take time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Training Methods

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Dogs always act in a manner that gets them what they want in the moment. No, they don’t sit and ponder all day on what they need to do to get you to take them on a hike. Their actions are in the NOW, and serve them to get to what they want most. ⠀
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If jumping on guests or you gets you to crouch down and give them attention and petting, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If barking at the back door to be let in gets you off of the couch, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If whining gets you to coddle and sweet talk them out of their discomfort, they’ll keep doing it.
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If pawing at your leg or hand gets you to throw their ball, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If whining or barking in the crate gets you to let them out, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If charging out the front door ahead of you gets them outside quicker, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If lunging at other dogs on a walk gets them to move further away, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If pulling on the leash gets them to that tree they want to mark, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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If growling trying to take the ball away gets you to move away, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀
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The bad news is, if this stuff is left unaddressed over time, it intensifies and always gets worse. The more something works to self-serve, the more frequently it will occur. It’s our job to let our dogs know what works for them isn’t necessarily what works for us. Effective leadership, with both yes and no, encourages our dogs to make respectful choices based on what WE allow, not what is self-serving to them. ⠀
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Happy Tails! 🐶🐾
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Dogs always act in a manner that gets them what they want in the moment. No, they don’t sit and ponder all day on what they need to do to get you to take them on a hike. Their actions are in the NOW, and serve them to get to what they want most. ⠀ ⠀ If jumping on guests or you gets you to crouch down and give them attention and petting, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If barking at the back door to be let in gets you off of the couch, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If whining gets you to coddle and sweet talk them out of their discomfort, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ If pawing at your leg or hand gets you to throw their ball, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If whining or barking in the crate gets you to let them out, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If charging out the front door ahead of you gets them outside quicker, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If lunging at other dogs on a walk gets them to move further away, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If pulling on the leash gets them to that tree they want to mark, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ If growling trying to take the ball away gets you to move away, they’ll keep doing it. ⠀ ⠀ The bad news is, if this stuff is left unaddressed over time, it intensifies and always gets worse. The more something works to self-serve, the more frequently it will occur. It’s our job to let our dogs know what works for them isn’t necessarily what works for us. Effective leadership, with both yes and no, encourages our dogs to make respectful choices based on what WE allow, not what is self-serving to them. ⠀ ⠀ ————————— Happy Tails! 🐶🐾 —————————