You are a human
The dog is a dog
If the dog behaved by instinct
In your house, he would not live
So we are training a dog
to live by human rules.
So, no matter how you chop it up
The dog, is being trained to do something
It probably would not do naturally at that point.
Which may mean training the dog
NOT to do something he would do naturally
at that point.
We train the SIT.
We set up the dog to succeed.
We hold the treat above the level of his nose
and bring it up so that he must raise his head
to continue to see the treat.
Head goes up, butt goes down
Praise and say GOOD SIT.
Now, you have just set up your dog to succeed
And praised him for it.
There is nothing wrong with correcting your dog.
Some prefer to redirect.
But if you drop a bottle of IB profin all over the floor
a giant chewie may not be available.
a solid STAY command, or LEAVE IT command
can save your dog's life.
When a one-year-old child goes for the extension cords,
You can run around behind the child redirecting
Or you can can shift your voice to Blood-Curdling and say NO!
It's called training, and sometimes it means correcting
unwanted behaviors as well as training desired behaviors.
I do not see it as setting the dog up to fail.
But when the dog does commit an undesireable behavior
in your presence it is an opportunity
An opportunity for learning to take place
And a big FAIL on our parts if we see that opportunity
And fail to make use of it.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.