I was recently on a follow up lesson with a client to make sure the owners and their dog were doing well with the training exercises. We reviewed their wish list of behaviors they had wanted to work on when training began. During the discussion my clients asked me how strict do they need to be with the enforcing the rules now that their dog knew the rules and followed them most of the time. They were happy that their dog had become a well behaved dog, but they wanted to make sure he was still having fun.
One behavior their dog was doing was running back and forth at the fence whenever someone walked past. He was not barking or acting aggressive. In fact, his tail was wagging, his body language was relaxed, and he seemed to enjoy the behavior. If the owners called him to them, he would stop and come right to them. The owners wanted to know if it was OK to let their dog do this.
This is a question that I get often. If you are following the rules of good dog training, then you are being consistent with the rules that you have set in place for your dog. Everyone gets dogs for different reasons. Everyone wants something different from their dog, and everyone has different things that might bother them or not. Some people want a goofy dog and others a perfectly well-behaved dog. Others want a dog for companionship to hang out with and others to share our time and play with. All of these things are possible, based on the individual needs of the owner.
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