DOGS are creatures of habit and the longer a habit is established the harder it is to change.

It’s a common fallacy that dogs ‘grow out’ of bad behaviour.

They do not.

Left to their own devices bad behaviour only gets worse so it’s wise to deal with problems at the earliest possible date.

A dog that barks and lunges at other dogs is heading towards aggression and it only takes one bad incident to make them cross the line.

Far better to address the issue and prevent aggression ever occurring.

Owners often react to the incident of the moment by seeking help then losing interest until disaster strikes creating an even bigger problem.

It then becomes a major priority.

Never make excuses for bad behaviour.

My black Lab Cobra recently stole food from a picnic table.

The picnickers were most gracious and said it was okay but it wasn’t and I made a mental note to do further training on his food manners.

I don’t want to allow stealing food to become a habit or next time he may knock a child over to grab an ice cream.

Dealing with a problem as early as possible prevents such habits developing.

I saw a couple laughing as their spaniel swam after ducks on the reservoir today.

It won’t be funny should it chase after them in winter and fall through the ice.

Chasing is a really dangerous habit and one that needs to be addressed as soon as it appears.

Over the years I’ve had five clients lose dogs in chasing incidents and it’s heartbreaking.

One of my golden rules is no teeth on skin ever.

I never allow any of my dogs to mouth me or anyone else.

Stopping the biting habit before it begins is the easiest option.

I teach all of these techniques at my weekly classes.

It isn’t magic it’s common sense but it works like magic.

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