Fortunately Miss. Dorel is one smart human – She already knew that those methods wouldn’t make any sense… Not only would they not stop the dog from barking (hello? have they worked yet?), but they’d also inflict pain, discomfort, and fear! Miss. Dorel said she would never use something like that to teach her own kids…why would a dog learn any differently?
She and my mom talk about these things when they go out running together. In my moms dog training classes
here in Ventura, she teaches others to reward behaviors you want, instead of concentrating on the behaviors you don’t want. Barking is a normal behavior for us dogs, just like talking is for you humans. So, instead of yelling at your dog when she’s barking, reward them when she’s quiet. This is exactly what Miss. Dorel did when her friends dog was staying with her… totally makes sense, right? Yep – and that’s why her doggy guest rarely barked at all…
Well to you Miss. Dorel, on behalf of all of us dogs out here – thank you! For being so smart, and for understanding us a little bit better… I know it’s not the right time for you to adopt a dog of your own…so in the meantime, you can get all the pet therapy you need from me when you visit.