We have a puppy who is 5 months old. He is very sweet but does have his moments! I asked the trainer a couple of weeks back how to get him to stay off the sofa… her response – you don’t need to if you reward for him going to his bed. The dog will want to please you – he wants to be rewarded.

This is a similar scenario with children – reward and praise for the behaviours you do want rather than chastise the behaviours you don’t want all the time.

Easier said than done I know! However it really does work and you’ll all be much calmer! When did you last praise your child for something done well? When did you last scold them for negative bahaviour? I’ll bet I know which one we all remember!

Now I must go back to engaging this with my pup…

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