On January 02 2007, mnp13 wrote:I would just like to post a reminder to everyone:
never pick up your dog's leash if you are not your "normal" self. if you are anxious, "wound up" or in a bad mood, those emotions travel down the leash to your dog. The dog then reacts to those emotions, and that may make you react inappropriately to your dog (harder corrections, unfair reward/witholding of rewards). It turns into a cycle and you will have an overall negative time with your dog.
If you are having a bad day, skip a day of working with your dog. It's better to have him/her go unexercised than damage your relationship.
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