Many of us have experienced it where we have taken our dog to a training class in the park or at a pet store and they pass with flying colors. They are the valedictorian, top of the class, best of the best. When they are home during the “quiet of the day”, they are perfectly behaved, come when called, stay off the furniture, and never jump or bark.
Now, our kids come home from school. Something happens and that once perfect dog goes completely nuts. He doesn’t listen, runs after the kids, barks at everybody, nips at your hands, and steals stuff so you will chase after him. What happened here?
All of this can be explained with one simple word. Adrenaline. The cheer leaders create adrenaline, so we will yell for the home team. The coach creates adrenaline, so his players will push a little harder. Our boss gives pep talks to create adrenaline, so we will work just a little harder for the next promotion.
You see, adrenaline can often be a good thing. It is not a good thing when it creates our once calm and wonderful dog to go nuts. We need to find a way to reverse this process and it starts with our kids. Robin and I have written a dog training article that details a great process to make all this happen. Please read our dog training article titled “What Can I Do When My Kids Are Causing My Dog to be Crazy”.