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.
My behavior tip for today: When you are teaching an animal lessons in self control or anything else for that matter, it is so important to begin where your student is capable of learning. That means carefully introducing distractions only at a level where your learner can continue to focus and do the behavior you are looking for, and moving forward as your student can succeed. Short training sessions allows you both to focus on each other. #dogtips #dogtraining
I want to remind you today, to not take for granted those good choices your puppy or dog makes. Every consequence you provide to a behavior is feedback to your pet about whether his/her behavior should be repeated or not.
It is a common question – when should you begin training your new dog or puppy? The answer – as soon as you bring him/her home. Really, from the time that your new friend enters your life, he is already learning what to do and not to do simply by the feedback he receives from his environment about the behavior.