Us humans, don't always see the world the ways dogs do. A big part of my job is to translate dogs' behaviour to their humans, as well as clarifying how dogs perceive our (sometimes strange) own behaviours. Here are three examples of common human/dog miscommunication:
Your dog picks up the remote control, your slipper, tea-towel, underwear (the list generally goes on), and you run after him to get it back, that's fun! Right!?
Then, your dog picks up one of his own toys, and of course no one runs after him; less fun!
Guest what he'll pick up next time he is bored and wants to get your attention?
Sometimes, for a dog who's bored, even a reprimand from his human is perceived as a reward, and taking such risk to get it, totally worth while.
You're desperately trying to train your puppy to walk on a loose lead in the street. However every time you pass by a human with a dog, you allow your puppy to go over and say Hi (and probably get tangled with the leads).
What do you think you are teaching your puppy?
In fact, what you are really teaching your puppy is that every time he passes by a dog in the street it's totally ok to pull and say Hi; and for a short while the training stops... or does it?
I know we all want to socialise our puppies, and the the window to do so is often short. However socialising your puppy doesn't necessarily have to happen when he's walking on the lead. When on the lead, we walk, and simply get used to people, dogs and many other things passing us by (habituation).
Don't be surprised if he keeps jumping at dogs in the street in the future. And please don't be annoyed with him either, you did imply it was ok to do so in the past. You can however introduce good manners to your dog when meeting other dogs; polite street etiquette is always welcome.
As your dog is barking you are constantly telling him "shush".
Unless you have previously trained your dog to understand "shush" means "please be quiet", you are in fact putting a cue on the barking, and reinforcing it at the same time. With time, this technique often makes things worse, and the barking more persistent.
Clear communication and consistency is the key. For more help understanding our dogs' "bad habits" and training in polite street etiquette, contact me today.