Keeping Your Dog Off the Furniture – What He Can Understand
I was at a new Home Dog Training client in Plantation on Saturday night working with him and his new Jack Russel puppy named Coco. Coco was only ten weeks old and his major issue was potty training. Luckily, Coco loved to go outside and also had no problem in going into his crate. My client also worked from home most of the week so that he had no problem in working on the potty training on a continual basis. I set them up on a program and got a call from my client this morning telling me that things are going great and Coco is almost totally potty trained. With that great news, my client also asked about a new issue that was popping up. He doesn’t want Coco on his new leather sofa, but is fine if Coco is on the bed at night. We remembered that I stressed the concept of consistency and wondered if he was sending the wrong signals.
Robin and I have been professional dog trainers for over twelve years and often need to deal with dogs being on or off our clients’ furniture. The concept of consistency is critical within the canine cognitive learning process and trying to tell them “You can do this sometimes” will negate any positive learning process.
So, what happens when we don’t want our dog on the new sofa in the family room but like to have him sleep with us at night? Aren’t we sending him the wrong signal about “Stay off the furniture”? The answer lies in the way that we perceive and define “things” and how our dogs perceive and define “things”.
For us (humans), our bed and our sofa are furniture that we bought at the furniture store and brought home. We understand that they are both similar things that we can put anywhere. We can sit or lie on the bed and sit or lie on the sofa. They are the “same things” to us.
Now, our dog does not have a “concept” of furniture. He sees most things from an individual, unique perspective. If he saw two sofas that were different sizes, different styles, and different materials that were placed in different rooms; he would not understand that they were both sofas. To him, they are two different “things” in different locations. As long as the objects were relatively different and/or properly separated, our dog would define them as two “things” as opposed to “all the sofas”.
This difference in perception allows us to have the opportunity to properly communicate to our dog that we can allow them on one piece of furniture and not the other. Since our dogs see them as two, unique “things”, He will understand that you are enforcing two different and unique rules. He can easily understand this and will have no problem in obeying both.
Once we understand that our perception of “things” is often different that our dog’s perception of the same “thing”, we can correctly teach them the appropriate lesson. You can contact us immediately by calling (954) 424-0170 to receive any dog training assistance you may require. We have many great dog training tips and articles at Best Dog Trainers Plantation South Florida. We have posted our phone numbers, text addresses and email contacts at Dog Training Help Center Plantation South Florida.
I have many more dog training tips and lessons if you go to Original Dog Training Tips from Home Dog Training Plantation South Florida and Dog Training Documents from Home Dog Training Plantation South Florida. All these articles are based on Robin’s and my actual training experiences.
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