It's a pretty common problem. A lot of people see people with dogs and think "ooh that
Also a lot of dog training is counter intuitive, as a result of how dogs minds work. First time dog owners make a lot of mistakes this way and, as a result, a lot of the training can actually work backwards
Would you mind elaborating on this point? I feel this may have been my problem with dogs on the past.
Best example I can think of is potty training.
First off, dogs do not associate cause and effect, only immediate behavior. So you come into the room and you notice the dog has peed on the rug. Immediately you fly off the handle and roar and bawl at the dog who, by this time has zero recollection of peeing, ever. Straight away the dog is freaked out.
"I'm getting a bollocking. What was I doing, oh yeah, chewing my chew toy. Fine! Never again, it's just not worth it, I'll try the sofa next time. Gotta chew something, right? WTF? He's still yelling. He's pointing at that puddle of pee over there. Why you yelling at me, it's obviously the pee's fault? Fine so he really hates pee. Note to self - don't let him see pee, or I'm gonna cop some flak over it"
So you clean up the pee and feel satisfied that the dog has got the message. He did, loud and clear. Just not the message you were trying to put across. Next thing you know the dog will totally not pee in front of you. Ever. You can walk that little bastard til his legs are hanging off. No dice. He's got the message all right - you hate pee. So he'll wait til you come back home, hours later, walking all funny cos all he wants to do is pee but he can't cos you'll see. Soon as you get back home what happens? Straight behind the sofa. Relief.
Good luck fixing that one
YEP. Spot-on! It's like yelling at and punishing a dog for not coming to you when you call. Dog ain't EVER coming to you, you freak out whenever you get hold of him after calling him, you crazy motherfucker! No. Instead, reward the dog with pets and treats every time he comes to you.
I've finally (mostly) resolved Little Dog's peeing in the house by putting her food bowl right over every pee spot she makes. SHE HATES IT. She probably thinks I'm insane. She circles her food bowl, just fucking HORRIFIED, every time I do it (I do clean up the pee first, but she knows). However, she is also finally figuring out that the only way to make the madness stop is to pee OUTSIDE.