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What to do if Your Dog Starts Slipping Back into Old Habits

You’ve spent a lot of time and effort training your dog to behave appropriately, but after a while, you begin to notice your pet slipping back into bad habits. It’s a common scenario, but thankfully, not as difficult to fix as you might think.

If your dog starts slipping back into old habits:

Look at your own behaviours

Are you falling into bad habits alongside your dog? Maybe you’ve been slipping your dog the occasional treat from your plate at dinnertime, encouraging your pet to jump up, allow him to lead on a walk, or enter doors ahead of you. Take a serious look at how you’ve been treating your dog and chances are good that you are at least part of the problem. Correct your own bad habits, and your dog will follow suit.

Look to see if there have been changes in your dog’s life

Many times, dogs revert back to bad habits out of stress. Have you brought home a new pet or a new member of the family? This could make your pet feel threatened and cause them to ‘act out’ in order to feel more dominant or in control of their environment.

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