Back to OB 101 for me.
This weekend was a busy weekend for us. We had company running in and out all day long. Hondo was horrible. Ill behaved, wouldn't listen, didn't care, stole food from someone's hand, but worse, he threatened a neighbor whom he knows very well. (The neighbor bought a new motor cycle and Hondo decided he didn't like the bike or the neighbor anymore.) First I put Hondo on a leash, but that only hightened his mood. I had to kennel Hondo. Something I've NEVER had to do because he was uncontrollable.
This morning I was thinking about how I needed to fix this. I thought at 20 months, he must be going through the 'teen age' part of his life. How I needed to up the training, use some horrible torture devices if needed. His behavior was just not acceptable.
But then something dawned on me.
Hondo has always been dependable. If I said 'Come' he did. 'Sit' he did. 'Wait' he did. 'Leave it!' he did. Ect. Ect. At some point in his life, I stopped thanking him. I stopped telling him "Good Boy". I stopped rewarding him. I opened the door, told him to wait and he did. I released him. No reward beyond the 100 yard dash out the door.
At what point in Hondo's head did he decide that his good behavior wasn't worth his own gradification?
At what point in my head did I decide that I no longer had to reward good behavior? And why would it suprise me that Hondo decided to start making his own choices?
So, it's back to OB 101 for me . I'll take Hondo along only to fix what I've broken. He's a good boy, and very forgiving. I'm sure he won't hold this against me.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
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Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA