Consistency is the Key

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My husband and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary on May 3rd and he will be the first to tell you that being married to a dog trainer can be ruff. You also have to understand that dogs love my husband and I mean really love him.  His parent’s dog Shasta goes bonkers every time she sees him and she only does that for him.  So a typical day in our house consists of: Honey you have to make them wait; Honey did you make them sit before you let them in; Honey don’t let him pull like that; Honey ask for a sit or down before you throw the ball.  I can’t help it, as a dog trainer I spot things that others would not, it is my job.  I also teach my clients that the basis of good training is first to establish a solid sit and second to be consistent.  Dogs do what works that is how they are wired.  So if it works to pull, jump up, bark at you for the toy, beg at the table, and many other behaviors, they will continue to do it as long as you reinforce the behavior.  In order to stop the behavior you have to be consistent every single time.  This not only builds solid obedience it also makes your dog feel safe and secure.  It is the same concept we use with our children because it gives them comfort knowing that if they do A, B will always happen.  So be consistent and your dog will understand you and feel safe and secure.

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