Training is not always smooth sailing. Events in an animals life can resurface at peculiar times.
The training experience began with a dog that barked when left alone. The owner just moved to a new condo located on a busy corridor by the lobby. They wanted the dogs separation anxiety to be extinguished so when they leave the don’t annoy the neighbors, so training ensued and the barking was minimized significantly however a behavior from the past resurfaced. 4 months prior we had captured a vocal behavior that was so cute. The dog was taught to meow on command and it was a behavior they found very desirable.
The once desired behavior is all the non barking dog could do. So instead of barking the dog was meowing to release his discomfort of being alone .
Even though the family and friends found this hilarious, it made me realize that even if you train the dog not to bark, does that mean they are truly comfortable? From this session I am beginning to think that might not be the case!