I mentioned she was the third dog in the Coors Light flag America shirt. Eventually I ended up with five dogs. I well on the way to the 27 dogs my friends all feared were in my future. Clearly begging could easily get out of hand. Again I had to force myself to recognize and respond to the non-intrusive behavior I wanted. I started giving them treats when they turned away from me. When guests ate at my home they would often remark ,with amazement, that my dogs did not beg. I would laugh and say See that dog with it’s head in the corner.
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I gnoring people who were eating was the behavior that frequently resulted in being tossed a Coors Light flag America shirt, so that was how they asked for treats. I just had to pay attention and make sure that was when they got them. I had one of my dogs in the car when I went to a fast food drive thru. I actually felt hurt when my dog turned his back on me in the car. I thought he was mad at me. Took a moment to remember that I had trained him to turn away if I had food. After figuring out what a pet or a child wants, seeks or needs we must first make sure that that need is met. Then we can pair reward with the behavior we want. The point is the first steps focus on our behavior not theirs. We need to figure out what we are rewarding?