New Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, November 14
5:00 to 6:30 pm at Mountain Humane
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Do you love animals and want to help our shelter pets? Join us for the next New Volunteer Orientation on the second Tuesday of every month! Please sign up first at www.mountainhumane.org/volunteer then click on “Become a Volunteer.”
Drinks and snacks provided. Plus, a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter is included! Email Volunteer Coordinator Kelsey Strahle with any questions at email@example.com .
Due to the busy holiday season, group classes will restart in January 2024. Mountain Humane wants our dog-loving community to know that private lessons and consultations are always available!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
Training Tips: Why Does My Dog Bark?
If you feel your pup is barking too much, the first question, "Why are they barking?" is the best place to start solving the problem. It's the classic iceberg metaphor. The tip of the iceberg is what you see your dog doing, such as barking. We can't see the "why" and everything happening with our dog's brain. It's much larger and more complex than the tip.
Let's examine the "why" of various behaviors; how have they been reinforced (i.e., why do they keep happening)? Then, we can adjust our training plan to accommodate and strengthen behaviors we would like to see. Studies have shown a dog's willingness to train increases when we find ways to reinforce what we want instead of punishing what we don't like. Think back to when you were learning something new. If someone only told you "no," you'd get frustrated quickly and even give up. If someone told you "yes" or "almost," you'd likely get excited and continue learning.
We can apply this thinking to our dogs (and even cats). For example, if your dog sees the mailman and barks at them, train them to go to their bed or grab a toy everytime they see the mailman. This gives you an alternate behavior that you can reinforce. Perhaps your dog is barking out of fear, in this case, start pairing what they are fearful of with a yummy treat. You won't be reinforcing the barking, instead you'll be changing their emotional state which reduces the barking as the "scary" thing becomes more fun.
Contact the Mountain Humane behavior team at email@example.com. We are happy to provide positive training tips to create a lasting change in your pet's behavior.