With Cookie being under orders for strict rest, her range of things to do has shrunk substantially. I do try my best to come up with games to play and last couple days she got to go out on short, low-key, mouse hunts, but in general what she should be doing for most of the day is to rest and relax.
When she showed interest in hubby's soda crackers while he was having lunch, we figured it would give her something to do so he shared some. She thought that mooching crackers off him was great fun. It gave her something to do alright. Now she shows up every time there is any food on the table. Oops.
All that it takes to ruin a perfectly good dog is to reward something you don't really want them to do.
Worked once, ought to work again, right? So now we have a dog begging at the table. Of course, given the circumstance we don't really have the heart to be strict about this stuff even though we know that each time we give in will make it that much harder to un-teach this new habit.
It IS kind of funny and cute and it does give her something to do ...
Every time we resolve it's the last time.
We do need to put a stop to this. At some point. Maybe tomorrow. Either way it will take some serious willpower to ignore her efforts.
To a dog, "just this once" doesn't mean anything.
All Cookie knows is that she batted her eyelashes and got a cracker while daddy was having lunch. Worked once, ought to work again, right? And so far it has.
Fortunately, it's not a major deal to us. But it illustrates how little it takes to teach a dog a bad habit.
The upside is, that teaching your dog things you do want them to do isn't really all that much harder.
It's all about well-timed, attractive enough reward. The goal, of course, is to teach our dogs more of the things we like and less of those we don't like. Most of the time, if your dog is doing something you object to, chances are you inadvertently taught them to do that at one point or another.
Instead of being mad at your dog, try to figure out what have you been doing to encourage that behavior.
It might not always be as obvious but trust me, it's there.
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat
Observation Skills Of Dogs
If You Want Your Dog To Do Something, Teach It
Tricks? It's Not Just About The Tricks
What Constitutes The Perfect Dog?
Are Dog Training Classes Really For The Dogs?
Look Where You Want To Go: Finding My Reactive Dog Training Zen Zone?
Dog Training And Emotions
Dog Training And Emotions: Postscript
Dogs Love Sentences In Question Form?
Not All Dog Trainers Were Created Equal Either
A Thought On Separation Anxiety
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
About Freedom, Trust And Responsibility: A "Pilot Study"
So, We Have A Bear
About Happiness: What Makes Your Dog Happy?
Our Example Of The Use Of "Look At That" (LAT)
Why Do Dogs Dig?
Who Is In The Wrong?
Your Dog Wants To Follow You. You Just Gotta Be Going Some Place
We Still Have Two Dogs: A "Pilot Study" Part Two
Early Winter Safety: Exploring New Territories
Cookie Is Okay. We ... Might Be, Eventually. (Don't Try This At Home)
One Thing I Love About Winter: I See What They "See"
Give Your Dog What They Need, Get What You Want
Cookie, The First Of The Great Hunting Rottweilers
Distance Is a Relative Concept
Dog Communication: Be Good to Cookie or She'll Tell on You
The Benefit of the Doubt
Putting The Guilty Dog Look To Rest?
The Stench of Fear: Is There Good and Bad Timing for Vet Visits?
I am a Helicopter Dog Mom
Routines: Easy Come, Hard to Go
Things Always Change: Cookie's Hunting Adventures
The Advantage of Your Dog Not Barking All the Time: Cookie Saves Horses' Asses
"Look at That" (LAT) Game and Barking at Traffic
The Role of Thresholds in Dog Training and Behavior
Dog Days of Summer: Keeping an Eye on Cookie
Dog Days of Summer: Cookie Gets Her SprinklerThe Evolution of My View on What Is and Isn't Dirty
Not F***ing Cheerios, That's for Sure
Hi, My Name Is "No", What's Yours?
Dogs, Porcupines, Wasps and Learning
Mouse Hunting, Leash Pulling, Begging at the Table and Intermittent Reinforcement
Self-Entertaining Dog? Dogs Need Interaction
Dogs Are Always Testing the Waters
Tick Alert: It's a Conversation if You're Listening