Our dogs need a stable environment with boundaries and rules that they need to follow. It makes their lives much easier. If we as humans didn't have any rules or Laws that we needed to live our lives by, think of how much chaos we would be in. Those boundaries should only be things to help improve their behavior.
Such as: If you are out walking your dog, and you know your dog is going to bark at a stranger that you pass along the way, BE ready for it. Have a high-value reward, your focus on the walk should be looking for other people and making sure you get your dog's attention before they can react badly. Being PROACTIVE is key. If our dog is already behaving badly we have missed the chance to reward them at that point. Once our dog is behaving badly, when it's a trigger that we knew could come up... but we didn't think to be repaired for it, well who is really at fault?
I'll give you a hint, it's us. This is one of OUR responsibilities, and it's a major one, that we are ready to train our dogs at any given second.
One of the major issues I have with my Standard Poodle Kona is that she will from time to time counter