In January, I welcomed a brand new pet into my residence, a 7-week-old Border Collie named Remy. With any new canine, there’s all the time a rising record of issues to coach—studying to not chase the cat, greeting folks politely, strolling properly on a leash, settling in a crate, simply to call a couple of.
Most instances, the answer is easy, reward good conduct and ignore dangerous conduct, however altering any conduct takes time, endurance and dedication. As an illustration, Remy used to bark at different canines making noise within the neighborhood. I wished to cease this conduct for apparent causes, but additionally as a result of he needed to study to settle at agility competitions when there will probably be different canines barking.
So I began counter-conditioning Remy so he would study to affiliate barking with getting yummy treats for being quiet. First, I performed a CD of canines barking, beginning at a low quantity and dealing as much as a excessive quantity. Each time a canine barked, I fed Remy some yummy treats. When this was going properly, I progressed to working in more durable “environments”—staying quiet strolling across the neighborhood the place there’s a barking canine a couple of homes down, at our coaching membership the place there are a number of canines barking in crates, and finally at a contest, the place canines are barking and working round.
Our animal shelters are full of pets deserted as a result of folks don’t understand the time and dedication required to coach good manners.
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Not too long ago, I used to be aggravated to find a brand new coaching software that guarantees to cease your canine’s undesirable conduct in 7 minutes or much less. I do know it’s a advertising and marketing ploy, however merchandise just like the shakeTrainer are irritating as a result of it promotes the fallacy that any conduct situation may be solved immediately. As well as, this blanket resolution ignores any attainable underlying causes, resembling worry or a well being situation.
As any accountable canine lover is aware of, there’s not often a fast repair for something. If we may solely get the phrase out, perhaps there can be much less deserted pets on the planet.
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