(a past Hyde Park Living column)
Have you ever tried to solve a screaming issue with a parrot or an attention seeking issue with a dog simply by ignoring it?
A common question is how young is too young to begin dog training (and other pet)? Well, as living beings, learning begins the day we are born. We learn from the consequences of our behavior. Behaviors that get repeated have value to the animal. It is never too early to begin your relationship with your pet by making the behaviors you want to see, the behaviors that have the most valuable consequence.
This is written by Barbara Heidenreich, an internationally renowned positive animal trainer. Thank you to her for permission to posting this to my blog.
When it comes to modifying a pet’s behavior, my focus is always on the most positive least intrusive solution.