knows better

He knows better but still misbehaves

March 11, 2020

It’s not about whether your dog knows better, it is about your dog thinking it is worth it.

Yes, your dog may know better, but then again, so do you, when you exceed the speed limit, overeat, or do any number of naughty things we humans do.

We misbehave because that misbehavior serves a purpose for us. It gives a more immediate gratification than picking the “good path.”

But we can still teach dogs to behave well. We need to take a slightly different path.

Most misbehavior requires three primary elements to be in place to resolve the issue.  Those are:
• Use management strategies to prevent the dog from rehearsing misbehavior.
• Address any frustration the dog has with living in human society
• Teach the dog an alternative but acceptable behavior to do instead.

There is a large variety of ways paths we can take depending on what is causing the misbehavior in the first place.  For one dog, we might need to provide a large variety of safe edible dog chews is given at certain times of day. And for another dog, we might need to teach impulse control.

Action Plan for Teaching Better Manners To A Dog That Knows Better

The Well-Mannered Dog, is here to help you. Start training with Manners classes our Private Classes or Changing Dog Emotion Program. Dogs eight weeks of age and old, who are up to date on vaccines and healthy, can start training today.


Author – Debbie Schaefer

Debbie has been successfully teaching dog lovers how to rambunctious, rude, disobedient dogs into Well-Mannered companions since 1987.

That means there are few bad behaviors Debbie can’t tame or troublesome pups Debbie can’t help turn into well-mannered dogs.

With training, your dog can be a great companion, a fun part of your life.