Applied Behavior Analysis Miami – Tip of the Day
Family or household members need to all be in compliance with the dog training and/or behavior modification protocol.
One of the most challenging issues regarding the quantity variable (multi-member households) is that everyone needs to follow the dog training and behavior modification instructions or they will end up sabotaging the dogs training and ability to learn in the fastest most efficient way possible.
I often get called to settle domestic disputes regarding the family pet. Should the dog sleep in my bed or on the couch? Should I let my dog walk in front of me and/or out the door first? How often, how much and/or when should I feed the dog? Should I reprimand my dog after they do something they weren’t “supposed to do”? In the end, it is often a relationship counselor they need but they call Fun Paw Care to try and satisfy their egos and prove they are “right” to their significant other. I do not get involved with relationship disputes but I do make it crystal clear what is in the best interest of the family pet.
Nonetheless the training and behavior advice needs to be followed by all people involved in the pet’s life. If some family members are aloof, don’t agree or even worse, don’t care, the dog will needlessly suffer. Often the entire household cannot attend the behavior consult meeting and a house cleaner or staff member is the one that interacts the most with the dog but they are not in attendance for the consult or training session.
It is important to sit down with everyone who interacts with your family puppy prior to the behavior consultant or dog trainer comes to your home. Otherwise, you are not getting all that you should from the session and your dog may get mixed messages at best.
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