Reliable K9 Training specializes in dog behavior modification and dog training in Columbia, SC. Behavior modification is used to change a dog’s initial reaction and feeling about something. Examples of unwanted K9 behaviors are:
- Jumping on people
- Stealing food
- Fence fighting with other dogs
- Chasing cars
- Excessive barking
For example, if your dog is afraid of shiny floors, their behavior would be modified to stop any panicking or shutting down and give them more confidence in walking on the floor. It is common for dogs going through behavior modification to not look happy in the beginning because they are only used to coping in a certain way. The end goal is to always get dogs to love learning.While obedience commands can be used in conjunction with a behavior modification plan, obedience alone won’t permanently take the desire away to display an unwanted behavior. While it’s important to make progress during behavior modification, it’s just as important to understand when the dog you are working with is ready to be pushed further. Skipping steps in the dog training program or moving too fast, can do more harm than good.