Before accepting a dog training assignment, I prefer to give a free consultation to the owner. Often during these meetings, I hear the otherwise loving owner say this is such a bad puppy. He bites my hand. He jumps up on me and scratches me. He potties in the house, not outside. Or any other imaginable bad things. I love him, but I can’t live with him if he keeps being bad. The looks on the owners faces are amusing to me when I ask, “Why is it bad that the puppy bites your hand or eats your Rolex watch?”
By now as they explain to this dumb person, ME, because it hurts me or that’s an expensive watch. “Wait a minute, but why is it bad to your puppy? Good and bad are human values. Your dog has to be taught what is good or bad in a human’s world.”
NO DOG WANTS TO BE BAD, AND NO DOG WANTS TO BE GOOD!!!
They just want to be dogs. Dogs develop habits, and we have to help them to develop good habit, rather then bad.
Don’t expect them to figure it out for themselves.