Address Bad Behaviors Before They Get Worse
What the consequences of breaking a training habit? You’ll always hear that you should stick to a schedule and keep things as consistent as possible during training. This creates a predictable learning environment that helps your dog make the associations they need between an action and a command. But what about when your dog starts to drop what they’ve learned, or picks up a new bad habit from another dog? This is common and doesn’t mean that you’ve got a bad dog on your hands, or that you’re a bad owner. There’s no shame in some re-training! The behavior might be easy to dismiss at first, especially if you’re busy and they only do it sometimes – like a dog who begins to jump up on you or chews on your belongings.
While it might be easy to brush off at first, you’ll find that the behavior will solidify over time the more your dog gets away with it. Even with small behaviors, consistence is key, and dogs pick things up for certain reasons – is your dog’s new bad behavior related to dominance, aggression, or another social need? Stop the bad behavior in its tracks by reverting back to their original training as the correction. Use the same command to correct your dog every time – not just when it’s easy.
Has your dog picked up a behavior that’s on the slippery scale to getting out of control? Feel free to give our experts at Surf’s Up Dog Training a call today at 800.649.7297 to learn about our in-home training program. We’ll meet one on one with you and your dog for an assessment to see what we can do to help you get your dog on the right track as easily and quickly as possible.