Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
Re: Why does my dog do a behavior wrong?
i've got to disagree a little... while the above responses are correct alot of the time - my dogs will do a behavior incorrectly out of laziness and/or eagerness. i compare them to a child - when you tell them... "clean your room and you can have an ice cream cone" all of a sudden the room is cleaned in record time and they're ready for their reward, upon inspection you see that the books are just thrown onto the bookshelf, not stacked, and the clothes are all shoved in the closet.
now i will take responsibility and say that once upon a time the dog was probably rewarded anyway for only doing a mediocre job and thats why they see fit to test their limits, but either way... thats how and why my dogs will do a behavior wrong... they're trying to see if they can get away with the bare minimum. i'm sure of this because often times i'll still only give the command once ("speak" for instance) and i'll watch Gia struggle with a whine, then a mumble, then a little bark, then a big bark but breaking her sit position, then finally she'll sit again and produce the bark i want and i'll toss the treat. its the same with sitting before they eat - i let them take as long as they want to do it, but the bowls dont go down until both are seated and looking at ME, not each other and not the bowls.
any opinion on my theory?
eta: after reading lauri's response - i understand and agree 100%. now my question would be... after realizing my own fault (in once upon a time awarding the behavior) and correcting me, becoming more strict, etc etc... how long will it take for them to then shape up. seriously, Gia's been trying to get away with a cheap bark for a few years now and i refuse to give in.
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