3) Rewarding Bad Behavior
Giving your pet a treat to stop doing something that annoys you is another mistake many pet owners make. They simply don’t have the patience or knowledge to deal with the unwanted behavior and just want it to stop. If your dog is barking out the window, and you give him a treat because you just want him to stop barking, you are teaching him that barking out the window gets him a treat. Likewise, if you have a pet who likes to make off with your shoe or other item, this is an attention getter. If you give chase, you are playing right into that unwanted behavior. After all, the dog took it because he or she wants your attention. By you chasing him, you’re giving it. Many people make the mistake because they either don’t understand, or don’t have the patience to properly deal with the bad behavior.
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