Does your barking dog embarrass you in public?
- Does your dog act up and start behaving badly? How do you deal with your pooch’s poor behavior?
- Is your dog barking at night or mostly in the day time?
How you answer these two questions will give you a clear insight into how you deal with stresses in your personal life…
… Yeah, I know what has this got to do with dogs and behavior, right?
Well, believe it or not, it has a lot to do with everything. Your dog is a reflection of your own personality. If you have the compassion and patience to deal with difficult situations in life, then you will apply the same principles to how you treat your pet. However, if you’re an impatient and aggressive person, then this is how you deal with your pet, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if your dog is unresponsive and aggressive towards you and others.
In general, animals are a reflection of their owners and vice versa. Relaxed and happy dogs usually live with relaxed and happy families. Unhappy and stressed dogs usually live in unhappy and stress households. The good news is that you can train your canine friend to listen to your commands and change their behavior. The bad news is that this is not so easy to do with your human friends.
- Dogs are in many ways similar to children; they are driven by their natural instincts and will do whatever they feel is right inthe moment. From birth, children learn the rules of their family group which allows them to participate in a socially acceptable way. If they start participating in anti-social behavior, they are disciplined to try to bring them back into alignment with the social norms.
- Dogs are treated the similar way; they arrive as a small and cute fluffy ball of fur. However, later the puppy starts to do things that are deemed socially unacceptable such as urinate and/or defecate on the kitchen floor. Owners are woken up during the night with the puppy barking and whining. The stereotype for the good and bad dog comes into play. Good dogs don’t poop on the floor, bad dogs do! Good dogs sit there quietly; a barking dog is a bad!
I’ve even heard stories of people who actually believe that the way to stop a puppy pooping on the floor is to push its nose into the poop. They say things like “That’ll teach him, he won’t do that again!” How can anyone inflict this type of abusive behavior on any pet? No wonder the dog grows up confused and even traumatized in some cases. I adhere to the views expressed in this famous quote by Temple Grandin, “Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.” There is no excuse for cruelty of any kind!
In reality, the puppy was just doing what comes naturally and at this point in its life it doesn’t understand the rules defined by human beings about where it can and can’t poop. If you want your dog to follow a specific protocol whether it’s where to poop or urinate, what to eat and not eat, what to chew and not chew, you have to put in the time, patience and energy to teach the dog your rules.
If your goal is to get your dog to behave in a certain way and respond to your commands, then you need to start to participate in some training sessions. If you have a puppy the training is going to be more challenging than with an older dog that may have had a previous owner. Most people don’t know anything about pet dog training so providing their budget can stretch that far they use the services of a professional dog trainer. This means that the owner and dog will need to attend the training classes once or twice a week.
However, if you can’t afford to use a professional dog trainer, you will need to fall back on your own resources. If this is the case then it’s important to become educated about the process of training your dog. This will pay off in the long term because it’s a win-win for you and your dog. You have a better understanding of what your dog needs and your dog will know what you need it to do.