Episode 435 – An Un-Positive All-Positive Consequence

Sometimes we and our dogs aren’t at our best

Most of my friends will tell you that I tend to be optimistic, sometimes to what they consider an excessively Pollyannish degree. However, I’m also a suspenders-and-belt kinda gal who likes to set herself up to succeed. That means getting the big picture, knowing the options, and selecting the one that works the best. But it also means recognizing what changes could occur that would require different options at some time in the future and covering those bases too.

This is where things get tricky with our dogs. You want to recognize the possibility that in spite of your best efforts their behavior may go down the toilet when they reach adolescence or maturity, and be prepared for this. But once you are, you also need to let it go and live in the here and now with your dog.  For more anxious people who ruminant over “what if” scenarios, that may be difficult to do. Worse, human anxiety of any kind may have a negative effect on some dogs’ behavior.

As with so much in the natural world, balance remains the key. Training approaches that seem too good to be true may not be true for certain dogs. Better to be prepared for that than fall apart when and if it happens.

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