There is compelling evidence that every species intelligence and sentience is dependent on its physiological characteristics. Imagine if most of your daily activities started with the word stop, NO! or worse… it is how many dogs spend their lives. From their perspective, rummaging through the trash is a good thing. Not only is it full of rewards, but it gets your attention. A dog will often do almost anything for attention. If punishment follows, they may find this rewarding in itself, while others will often wait until you are out of sight. Years ago, the recommendation for a  dog who jumped up was to simply ignore the behavior. It worked, but dogs treated this way often lost their joie de vivre.  Wouldn’t it be better to teach an alternate behavior? For e.g. when you “catch” your dog doing something good; praise, treat, and praise some more.

Meeting in the Middle

Fortunately, practice makes perfect. The takeaway is that most dogs are easy to teach. All it takes is providing clear instructions and adjusting expectations. The result is any dog can become keen on listening to their people anywhere, any time, in any environment! … Keen K9 training partners mission is to launch…