Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
It's not so much what you teach as how you teach it.
There are ways to deal with things like mouthing and chewing and jumping that isolate the behavior itself, and teach the pup when it is appropriate to engage in that behavior and when it is not, and institute certain rules for how and when the pup is allowed to express not just that behavior itself, but the underlying drives behind that behavior.
And then there are ways to deal with these things that will squelch those underlying drives. Rather than teach the dog when it is ok to express drive or exitement or enthusiasm or exploration or confidence they communicate to the dog that it's not the behavior that isn't ok, but the mental state behind it that isn't ok. You can also get into some nasty superstitious behavior (such as correcting a dog for jumping on visitors making the dog think visitors themselves are bad, because bad things happen when they are present). That way of dealing with behaviors can condition the dog to inhibit his impulses overall, not just in specific circumstances, and thus most certainly can cause lasting negative effects, particularly if the dog is intended to participate in any sort of training venue where later on those things will be desired.
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