“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want.
I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you.
There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”
I was looking for some inspiration today and ran across this quote. (Just try Googling “dog quotes.”). It was attributed to Caroline Knapp. That name didn’t ring a bell. But when I looked her up, I found she is the author of Pack of Two, a book I read several years ago – probably about the time I got my now nearly 13-year-old dog.
I liked the book, but because I know a lot more now than I did back then about canine behavior and training, I can’t say how I might view it if I were to re-read it. What I can tell you is that there is a lot of truth in the quote.
Keeping these truths in mind when you’re dealing with any sort of behavioral problem can help keep you on the right track to finding a solution. Ask yourself what the dog is getting out of the bad behavior – what did he find rewarding? Then you can start to address the real cause.