I was standing and talking with a new client the other day as her puppy was at her feet. The deeper into our conversation we got, the more her puppy began moving around. A few minutes later, he jumped on her leg, grabbed her sweater, and then when she removed it from his mouth, he took interest in her shoe.
A dog, puppy, parrot and other pet training tip:
A reminder to you – when you are teaching your pet, have in mind what that behavior should look like. If you don’t have a clear idea, it will be really tough for your non-human animal to do what you want him/her to do.
I love this quote. We are all educators to companion animals…and humans. When you think about your role as one of motivator and encourager, you will find you will have a much more engaged student.
Can you relate? Remember, in every relationship each of us is shaping the behavior of the other whether we realize it or not. Learning never stops. Behaviors that get repeated are the behaviors that have a history of getting the learner something of value.
I was reminding someone of this over the weekend. It’s important to remember, just teaching a behavior is not enough. If you want your pet to continue to have fluency with that behavior, you’ve got to continue reinforce it…to remind your pet that choice is going to be of value to him/her. It doesn’t always have to be food – there are so many ways to reinforce behavior.