- Go to the Vet
- Get on the scale
- Go to the Groomer
- Get a bath
- Have their ears examined or cleaned
- Get their nails trimmed
- Get in/out of the car
- Climb stairs
- Go into a crate
This is just a short list of some of the things dogs may struggle with. How we handle them at the onset, often determines the long term outcome, both good and bad. There can be a variety of reasons why dogs put the breaks on in certain situations. While there are MANY reasons, here is a quick overview of the big hitters!
Fear- Many dogs hesitate or refuse to do something because they're afraid. Depending on your dogs age or temperament, trying new things can be down-right terrifying.
Past Experiences- If they've had a negative experience in the past it's unlikely they will forget the second time around. A perfect example of this is nail trims.........quick your dog just once and see how the second time goes!
New Experiences- For puppies and adult dogs, many of the things we need them to do are new experiences for them, so they've had little to no practice. "New' can be exciting but it can also be scary as heck.
Confidence Issues - Building confidence comes thru practice and positive outcomes. Helping our dogs build confidence should be the foundation of training.
Pain- If a dog is experiencing physical pain it may prevent them from doing even simple things. Always talk with your Vet if your pet is displaying avoidance behaviors.
Understanding the process of shaping/capturing behaviors and classic conditioning will allow for those teachable moments. There is nothing better than the moment your dog realizes they CAN do it.