One of the things I teach pet parents and I find very important during Behavior and Training Level I, is to not allow their dogs to bolt out the door, any door for that matter. Why? They could get injured, killed, lost, cause an accident, and/or harm another dog/animal or human.
Even though Abby knows her boundaries at home, I still work with her in different areas and environments in order for her to continue to learn and improve.
I tell pet parents that they should not set up their dogs to fail. What do I mean by that? It’s not fair to ask a dog that is not exercised mentally and physically to do this. We, pet parents, need to fulfill their needs in order to get a balanced and well behaved dog. Like I tell many of my pet parents, behavior modification is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards, if you and your dog walk hard, are amazing!
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Every walk is a training session. Every interaction is time for a refresher. That’s how I see it.
You said it!
YES. I know people who say about their dogs, “she’s just stubborn” or “he’s just a brat.” I always want to say, ” what do you expect when you don’t exercise the dog at all and you’ve been expecting them to just train themselves all this time? “
Exactly my point!
That’s a super tip. You never know when a tempting squirrel will appear on the scene!
Sam & Elsa🐾
Thanks Sam & Elsa:-)