I love this quote. When you think about teaching and training as inspiring discovery, it puts you into such a positive mindset. It is exciting. It is fun. It makes you smile. And, when you think this way, you have a much better chance of infecting your student with those same perspectives. Today, let’s build discovery!
When I visited this sweet little West Highland Terrier puppy over the weekend, she showed her excitement for greeting me by jumping on my legs and wagging her tail. And, as precious as she is and as glad as I was to see her too, I stood very still and she actually sat pretty quickly. I’ll tell you what I did in a minute, but first…
Her human wanted to know, “Aren’t you going to tell her no?”
My answer to her was, “no.”
One of the greatest gifts that behavior science has given me is the incredible ability to modify behaviors in the least intrusive, most positive way. Often times I can set myself and my pets up for success simply by rearranging the environment to make the wanted behavior easier than the unwanted behavior.
Sound confusing? It is really not.
Sharing a lesson from the field:
The other day, at an appointment with a new dog training client, one of the problems she had mentioned was how her puppy – a terrier mix – would bark A LOT at squirrels Ellie saw out this one window in the living room. If you have a dog prone to this behavior, then you more than likely can empathize with my client. You probably never knew you had so many active animals outside until you brought a dog into your life. You may even look forward to evening darkness when finally, you have some quiet.
If you think teaching your dog novel behaviors is a waste of time, I encourage you to think again. I have five reasons why you may want to spend a few minutes to train some different behaviors.