Twosday Training Tip
TIP #1: TRAINING REGRESSIONS
People are terribly mystified by any change in their dog's behavior and go on a lot with the "why, WHY?" as though there should never be any variability whatsoever in this living organism's behavior. Training regressions are a frequent occurrence and no big deal. It is so important to remember that behavior is always in flux, constantly subjected to whatever contingencies there are in the environment as well as being influenced by unknown internal events. In the case of behavior problems, there are three main reasons for behavior that had seemed to be "fixed" to break down again:
1. Undertraining: the behavior was never that strong in the first place
2. Contingency change: the behavior extinguished or another one was trained by the owner or environment
3. Failure to generalize: the behavior falls apart in a new location or context
- Excerpted from the book Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
TIP #2: STRIVE FOR PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION
We are not perfect, so why do we expect our dogs to be? When it comes to training or behavior modification set your dog up for success by striving for progress, not perfection.
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Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI