Consequences Drive Behaviour. Teaching Unwanted Behaviour

Consequences drive behaviour.

consequences drive behaviourUnwittingly the young couple have made a rod for their own backs.

They are first time dog owners and hadn’t realised that something only needs to be reinforced just the once to create a behaviour. If the dog barks in the night – that ‘come and talk to me’ bark …and if they go to her just once …she will very likely do the same thing the next night!

Now Freya has them up shortly after 5 am each morning. One of them comes down, maybe lets her out, gives her something nice to chew while they lie on the sofa trying to get a bit more sleep. If it’s a bit later she may immediately get a walk.

What very rewarding consequences for barking at 5 am!

Behaviours harder to undo than to create

It takes a lot more work to undo a behaviour that has been reinforced by enjoyable consequences than it does to cause it in the first place. (more…)

Stress. It’s All Down to Stress

Stress. Is it cause or is it symptom? It’s like merry-go-round. Chicken and egg. Barking for attention = stress = barking for attention Barking at the neighbour’s dog = stress = barking at the neighbour’s dog Shredding the mail = stress = shredding the mail Wild excitement before meals = stress Read more…

Manners Maketh Dog!

The stunning German Shepherd lacks manners Prince is aptly named. He is treated like a prince and he behaves like a prince!  He lacks what I can only call manners. About eighteen months ago I regularly saw a lady walking her German Shepherd puppy down my road. Soon, as he grew a bit bigger, she Read more…

Consequence Drives Behaviour

I have just been to the most stunning puppy. A four-month-old Leonberger called Amra. What was troubling the couple was their large puppy’s painful biting and pawing, particularly directed at the lady when she comes home. The gentleman initially referred to this as ‘dominance challenge’. It’s easy to explain behaviour where the dog seems Read more…

Is the Dog Jealous?

On the face of it, Milly’s connection with the emotions of her human is very different from the last pair of dogs I went to, who so closely picked up on the owner’s anxiety. Milly is laid-back, quiet and mellow where her lady is animated and chatty. But maybe there Read more…