It is a common misperception among pet people that once training begins, all is well. Depending on the training goals, Barkley’s excessive barking stops, Chewie’s chewing moves to toys only or basic obedience just takes shape. This is NOT the case. This article is one of the best illustrations of how even the most rigorous training doesn’t mean that the dog just simply knows what not to do.
So many factors beyond the training lessons come into play, and owners MUST continue management techniques to help their training efforts flourish into long-term success. These techniques can include removing the undesirable chew targets from an area, using barriers in the door ways of rooms while house training, removing food from counters to prevent counter surfing, and any other actions that help your dog be successful by minimizing or eliminating unwanted behaviors.
But, for how long? That question is almost impossible to answer. Your dog will tell you through the training process. Her age, personality, genetics and many other factors influence how quickly she learns and how strongly the training will stick. Once you’re confident she has mastered the behavior, you can relax your diligence.