Dog owners seem to think that all the dog training has to do with the pet, and that certainly does make sense. The problem is that sometimes unwanted behavior in dogs is a direct result of human behavior. Don’t always think that the training method is at fault when you don’t see the results. Though it may be troublesome for us to point the finger at ourselves, there is plenty of value in this concept, which we will further examine that bad dog behaviors might not be the dog’s fault at all.
For instance, your cute little Pug may be chewing your shoes when you’re off at work. Or, your Bichon Frise is having pee and poop accidents indoors, instead of giving you a sign that he needs to go outside. Perhaps the problem is a dog’s mouthiness, where it is snipping and snapping at people, or just constantly barking. Whatever the problem, all these are bad dog behaviors that could be corrected. The problem is many times pet owners feel so frustrated that they can’t overcome them.
Do You Understand Your Dog?
It could very well be that the dog is trying to communicate to you, but you may be missing it. Dogs don’t speak, but they have other methods of communication. For example, a dog that chews your shoes could be feeling neglected when you’re off having fun at a party or working hard to bring home the bacon. Bad dog behavior can be resolved if we look closely enough, starting with our own behavior. Learn what your dog’s trying to tell you. The answer does not lie only in their bark, growl, or whining. So, look within yourself because you are the one that can come up with the answers.
Dogs are very aware of the people and the surroundings in and around their environment. By now, you’ve probably developed a solid bond with your dog. It’s very likely that if you’ve been through any difficult times in your life, your dog, directly or indirectly, has helped you through this rough patch. Very often, it just has to do with the fact that there sitting close by and you know you have someone there.
Dogs Sense Your Emotions
Your dog is keen to your emotions and will respond in a certain way because you might be feeling happy or sad. It can also detect tension in the home. Being able to identify unpleasantness, it will react in a particular way. No matter what the emotions may be at any given time in the home, be them happy or sad, your dog feels it.
Of course, you can’t control everything that happens in your home, and so long as your dog is loved and cared for, he will generally respond well. Dogs thrive in a structured environment, especially when there are routines they have to follow and rules to which they have to abide. For example, if your dog’s routine has always consisted of an early morning walk before you leave for work and then this suddenly stops, the dog will likely respond negatively. Therefore, your dog’s behavior is a direct result of your behavior. That said, you can’t blame him for eliminating in the home. If the dog is displaying depression, it could be that he feels ignored. Always keep in mind that it was you that invited this dog into your home and so it is your responsibility to keep it happy.
There are always rough patches in life, some more difficult and more challenging than others. Dogs can help you through them, so don’t let them down. It’s entirely understandable for a dog to suffer the consequences of becoming a lower priority in life because you might be going through a rough patch. However, keep in mind your altered behavior before you discipline him for his bad dog behaviors!
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