Remember Sheba, who I wrote about a couple weeks ago?
She's the girl who had a potty bell and Mom Ericka took it away because it wasn't working as well as she'd hoped. (My message: Never rely on your dog to ring a bell to go out. If you missed that post, see it below.)
Anyway - I checked up on them, as I always do after lessons, and Ericka said she was concerned because her husband and 14-year-old son are not helping with, or even supporting, the training.
PLUS, when Ericka and Sheba started their lesson, Ericka told me that Sheba jumped on everyone, which she wanted to stop, but her husband was disappointed because he LIKES it when she's wild and crazy.
She was worried, naturally, that she won't be ABLE to train Sheba if they aren't on-board with it.
I assured her that while it is preferable that everyone living in and visiting the home participates in the training (so the dog can learn quicker), it’s not imperative. Dogs CAN learn that there are exceptions to rules.
If Aunt Minnie doesn’t care if the dog jumps on her (or maybe she even likes and encourages it), and doesn’t want to help train her not to jump up on her, that's okay. A dog can learn she can’t jump on anyone EXCEPT Aunt Minnie. Same goes for Hubby and/or Crazy Teenager who may love and encourage the dog’s behavior.
So while it's preferable that everyone participate in the training, if that’s not the case, NO SWEAT!
Dogs can learn to behave one way with Mom and another with Dad and another with the kids and yet another with Aunt Minnie. It will definitely take longer, but dogs can absolutely keep all the players straight and it will all work out!
At first Ericka was skeptical, but I convinced her. And I said, "That's fun for them. Don't take it away."
She said that would make Hubby VERY HAPPY.
Yeah! Me too!
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