I encourage all dog owners to read this and take it to heart.
Obesity is a leading factor among most of the pet dogs that are brought to us with behavioral problems. And with almost equal regularity their humans express surprise and disbelief.
Is your dog not motivated by food? Do you know how to tell if your dog is overweight?
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History of Dogs and Humans -- Dogs have evolved together with humans for about 12,000 to 14,000 years. As a result, they are able to understand us very well. While they don't understand human language, they can read our intent in our voice, our touch, and our body language or posture and movement. They can associate sounds or movements with behaviors, and they can use those behaviors to earn rewards and be in relationship with us.
Sometimes (a lot of times) when people bring their dog for training it's because the dog is not doing what the human wants.
Does the dog understand the desired behavior? Is the dog able to produce the desired behavior? Can the dog associate the behavior with the command? Does the desired behavior earn a better reward than other options?
If you were offered a job that payed better, payed more often, had better working conditions, greater chances for success, and more interesting and meaningful work, wouldn't you take it? And what if you were paid in cash?
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At a job site some years ago I met someone with two Border Collies who were frantic. They were running around as though they were having an anxiety attack, looking for anything they could make move. The first time I saw them focus on anything was when an airplane flew past. And the dogs tried to herd it, too. The fact that the airplane did not comply with their direction appeared to add to their distress.
I asked the owner what was happening and he replied, "Oh, that's just the way they are, they're a little crazy."