Timing Between Your Dogs Actions And Behavioural Correction
Your dog is a fascinating creature. He is capable of giving you love and affection and alas, he is also capable of pushing you to your limits. When your dog misbehaves such as making a mess in the house or disobeying you it’s imperative to give him correction immediately.
Your dog has a very short term memory.
Your dogs memory is very similar to that of an Alzheimer’s patient.
He may remember things from the past such as you feed him and comfort him when he is scared, but if he poops in the corner and you find it two hours later, he isn’t going to have as much memory as you may think he should have.
Your dog may remember that you trained him to sit, stay, fetch and so on, but if you don’t stay on top of a behaviour, your dog isn’t going to remember and he isn’t going to understand why he is being corrected.
For this reason you have to keep a close eye on his behaviour.
If he poops in the corner (a prime example) you’ll have to catch him in the act to give him correction, otherwise your dog isn’t likely to fully remember the action he is being punished for.
Many would argue this, but statistics show that dogs have very poor memories.
Your dogs memory is just like grandma who used to be able to make a marvellous dinner and now can’t remember your name.
If he’s not in constant contact he isn’t going to recall the event he is being punished for.
Thus, it’s imperative to literally catch your dog in the act of getting into the trash can, making a mess in the house or any other behaviour that you want to break your dog of.
If you don’t catch him in the act chances are that you’ll have to wait until you do to give the proper behavioural correction.
When you keep this in mind it’s much easier to train your dog and have a successful training session.
Having several short sessions of say 15 minutes vs a 2 hour session are much more likely to stick in your dogs brain.
Your dog wants to please you so you’re going to have to learn to think like he does in order to time the actions and behavioural correction of your beloved pet.