Dogs are creatures of habit. They learn these habits by how the pack around them react to their behavior when they perform that behavior. The great thing about this fact is that dogs can easily to be conditioned to behave a certain way through dog training while boarding. The issue with conditioning is when it is done unintentionally for unwanted behaviors. For example, some dogs are trained to sit and wait when their food is being prepared. When their owner reaches for the food container and starts apportioning it out, they go to their designated spot, sit and wait until it is time to eat.
Dogs can pick up on behavior when an owner may least expect it. For example, some dogs have learned to get attention by scratching at people’s hands because the natural reaction is to start simply petting the dog. However, sometimes dogs can pick up dangerous habits simply based on an owner’s body language. Some dogs learned to bark and lunge on a leash because the owner would get nervous whenever someone would walk past. Behaviors such as barking and lunging can easily escalate and take the proper care and training from experts. When you have a dog that has developed dangerous behaviors, do not try to fix the issue on your own.
In circumstances where the behavior has been learned based on owner body language, it is often best to start retraining the dog out of the unwanted reaction to the stimuli by removing all distractions and familiarities. This may mean that the owner must be removed from the situation in order to get the dog started on the right path for getting rid of the undesired behavior that occurs when the owner is around.
One of the best places for this kind of dog training is a professional dog training while boarding facility. The Canine Commander dog training while boarding facility can create a blank canvas where a dog is constantly trying to learn what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors are not. This kind of environment is perfect for reintroducing the stimuli to create a desired behavior, where the dog previously had an undesired behavior.
Please keep in mind that even if the owner unknowingly reinforces an undesired behavior, the behavior is no one’s fault. Focusing on blame can make issues worse rather than working towards a solution. However, self-awareness can be extremely helpful for moving forward. Both dog and owner should work with the trainer in order to create a permanent solution.
Considering dog training while boarding your dog? Contact the dog training and boarding professionals at Canine Commander today.