An owner’s behavior towards their dog significantly affects their attitude. Sometimes owners make small mistakes that lead to serious obedience issues. Here’s an example of an owner thinking he’s curbing a bad habit but is actually reinforcing it.
Soondol is an obedient dog. His owners run a store, and he’s doing his best to help out. Customers love to shop at the store where Soondol is. As a result, the sales for his owner’s store is doing well.
Soondol is not only a huge help with customer relations. He’s also good at making customers park correctly. If a customer would park too close to the bench outside the store, Soondol will let them know by barking. Overall, Soondol is excellent; he only has one flaw.
From time to time, Soondol’s owner, specifically the one considered his dad, has to be away from the store. At times like that, he asks Soondol to be patient. However, Soondol always manages to take off and go to where his dad is. He is incapable of waiting.
When an expert stepped in to check on the situation, he made a shocking finding. It turns out that the owner was actually reinforcing a bad habit. Whenever Soondol would come to meet him, he would pat the dog’s head. Although the dad would tell Soondol to stop, that’s not what the dog understands.
Soondol misunderstands his dad. He thinks that what he’s doing is correct because of the physical affirmation. The expert explains the scenario and lays out a plan to correct the misunderstanding.
Instead of a pat on the head, the dad changes his body language and trains Soondol to wait patiently. With enough repetition, the training worked. The dad no longer had to worry about his dog moving across dangerous traffic just to come to him.
Original story from SBS TV Animal Farm via YouTube.