When you have multiple dogs and you are trying to accomplish behavior modification, it is important that you are addressing the correct dog. I know that sounds painfully obvious; however, it can often be tricky to determine who is causing the problem.
For example, Hunter is very high energy and literally bounces around. At the front door while I'm waiting for the dogs to calm their energy down, Hunter has to spin in a circle, scratch a nonexistent itch, chew his tail, lay down, bounce to his feet, and then sometimes repeat the whole sequence again. (If you weren't me and living this daily, it would be hilarious.) Meanwhile, Hank is barking in a high pitched voice, running around and grabbing and shaking his stuffed animal. Scooter is sneaking up and biting Hunter on the back leg trying to get him to play.
Who do you think is the one who needs to be addressed? While Hunter is the most physically active and excited, it is Hank's anxious energy that is driving the frenzy.
You guys should definitely pray for me! It is a circus here at times.
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