I like quiet, calm dogs. Most owners I know want quiet, calm dogs. Visions of a dog cuddling during a relaxing evening shatter with the reality of a pushy, loud, obnoxious pest. Where classes are concerned, pestering pups embarrass owners. I like my classes quiet so I don’t have to yell over the ear piercing, migraine inducing screaming of an out of control, demanding dog.
Typically, owners are offered a long list of tips ranging from increased exercise, busy toys, supplements, gadgets and massages. Sufficiently exercised, some dogs fall asleep. A sleeping dog isn’t well mannered. It’s just sleeping. When they wake, we’re back to pestering.
Owners can feel like they have become the dog’s personal entertainment center. Perhaps we should use training instead? Many owners try rewarding an incompatible or alternate behaviour.
For example, the dog that is lying on a mat cannot be clawing at your legs. However…
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