Correcting the behavior if you knowingly created it is unfair. Correcting it to fix it regardless of how it was created or who created it is the right call here. Just because its unfair doesnt mean its not the way to go.
Behavior like whining and barking can and usually does become self reinforcing so it needs to be punished before it reaches that point if it hasnt already. Then the conditioning of relaxing and switching off can start to occur. But what do I know? I just do this for a living.
Negative punishment (withholding attention) cannot fix this problem if the behavior itself is positive reinforced by the act of doing it.
Last edited by Baillif; 07-02-2014 at 02:24 PM.