You love your pup, but sometimes he or she misbehaves. Bad behaviors such as barking, whining, or begging for food are annoying, but what if your reaction is the cause of the problem? In today’s blog, we will take a look at a couple common behavior problems, and why they might actually be your fault.
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Continue reading below to learn how you may be a contributing factor in your dog’s bad behavior.
Most dog owners know that reinforcement is a key part in training. That being said, dogs are constantly learning, meaning you may say or do something that reinforces a behavior and you don’t even know it! You may think that you are telling your dog that he or she shouldn’t do something, but your actions may be telling a different story.
Below, we have listed some examples of ways you reinforce the common bad behaviors of barking, jumping, and chewing.
Say you put Fido in his crate for the night and you went to go into the other room to watch TV. Once you leave, Fido starts barking and trying to get out of his crate. You immediately turn back around and go tell Fido to be quiet, however, as you go to leave again, Fido barks.
In this situation, you are reinforcing Fido’s behavior by returning to the room. Fido is sad because you leave, so he starts to bark. When you come back to tell Fido to be quiet, he isn’t alone anymore, thus satisfying his need for interaction.
When you come home from work, school, or a long trip, your dog may jump up in excitement because he or she is happy to see you. If this happens, you may push your pup down and scratch his or her head. This small gesture of affection actually reinforces the jumping. Your pup will learn that when you come home, he or she will jump and in return, he or she will receive affection.
You are probably just as excited to see your dog after a long day at work, which is why you don’t think twice about petting him or her after he or she jumps up. It’s important to be aware of how your actions may be perceived by your pup.
When humans feel negative emotions, they either bottle it up or do something productive, like exercising or talking to someone. Unlike humans, dogs can’t bottle up their emotions, meaning when they feel stressed, anxious, or another negative emotion, they have to find a way to relieve it. Chewing is a common way that dogs will relieve their negative energy. If your pooch doesn’t have enough chew toys, he or she may settle for something like a pillow or a chair leg.
The reinforcement of this bad behavior may not fall completely on the owner, but it is the owner’s job to make sure Fido has enough toys to chew on.
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It may seem as though you can’t say or do anything without accidentally reinforcing a bad behavior. Off-Leash K9 Huntsville can help you train your dog and give you pointers on how to avoid reinforcing bad behaviors. Check out the dog training classes we have available and reserve your spot today!