What Not To Teach Your Dog

Have your been teaching your dog bad behaviors they should not be learning?  You may not realize it but you may be unknowingly telling your pup it is OK to do the exact things you don’t want them to.

Do you want your dog to jump up on everyone that comes in the door?

When you enter the house does your dog run to the door to greet you and then jump up? If you respond to this behavior in a positive way with a big hello and rubs on the neck and under the ears, then this is the way your pup will greet you (and everyone else) every time.  If you don’t want your dog to jump up on visitors then don’t allow them to jump up on you.  After entering the house only give attention to a well mannered pup and your dog will learn not to jump to get the attention.

Do you want your pup to beg for food at the table?

When you are eating at the table do you share your food with your dog?  If you do you are teaching your pup that your dinner is their dinner.  You will find that your dog will be at the table waiting for their share no matter who is there eating.  To best avoid your pooch begging for food at the table is to only feed in their bowl and not from your dinner plate.

Do you want your pup to have “potty accidents” in the house?

If you want your pup to go potty outside you need to let them know this.  Puppy training pads should only be used for training a puppy, not as a convenience for healthy adult dogs.  To you pup, if it’s OK to “go” in the house some of the time then why not all of the time?

In the event that a “potty accident” does occur be sure to clean it up thoroughly with an odor eliminating cleaner.  Enzyme cleaners formulated especially for dogs work great to eliminate the entire odor, even what we cannot smell. Remember, a dog’s sense of smell is so much more powerful than ours.  You may not smell the lingering odor but your dog will be able to detect even the smallest amount left behind.  If your dog can smell that they have gone in that spot before they will be sure to go there again since the odor you left behind is telling them it is OK.

For a dog to understand what behaviors are unacceptable you need to be consistent in teaching them what is acceptable and what is not. Any inconsistencies will lead to confusion and leave the final decision up to your dog.  Remember, your dog may not choose the behavior you are hoping for.

2 thoughts on “What Not To Teach Your Dog

  1. So true! I agree 100% with what you are telling us about not reinforcing bad behavior by providing positive feedback! I learned this when i took Lacey to puppy school, but my husband didn’t necessarily agree with this philosophy. Guess who got a printed copy of this today to reiterate what we learned! Needless to say, Lacey still jumps on everyone when they come in the door because it is the one thing he just can’t help himself than give her oodles of attention as soon as he comes thru the door. Fortunately she is friendly and thinks every one is her lollipop.

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