Correcting dog behavior
A dog does many things that we just don’t like. It does its potty business inside our house. It barks at people who knock on the door. It jumps up on our guests. What bad behavior!
But is this our dogs’ fault? When we tell it to stop doing its potty business in our house, why doesn’t it understand?
When we say “no” to our dog when it jumps up on our guests, why doesn’t it get the message?
There is a correct way to train our dogs to not bark at the door when someone knocks. This can be done and in a way that does not hurt our dogs.
We need to think of things from our dogs’ perspective. Our dogs may be behaving in a certain way because it is the natural thing for it to do. Or it may not know any better. Our dogs must be trained the right way to behave.
I read a very good article in DogStarDaily.com. It is called, “Change Your Perspective And Train Your Dog” by Kelly Gorman Dunbar. I really like the article. It’s important to read. It discusses the right way for correcting dog behavior.
Here is a quote from the article:
It’s all so adversarial and puts the entire responsibility on the dog. A dog! Blaming the dog for lack of communication skills or not understanding human language or desires is scape-goating and also gives a supposedly lesser creature (according to that whole “he doesn’t respect” me malarkey) a heck of a lot of power and responsibility. It’s also quite egotistical of us humans to think that a dog should respect us simply because we’re human. Even if dogs are capable of feeling the human notion that is respect, it’s something that is earned, not just inherently awarded.
Looking at, and dealing with, your dog from an adversarial perspective sets both of you up for failure. From this perspective every perceived transgression is an insult. When your dog doesn’t come when called it’s a slap in the face! “How dare Rover ignore me when I’ve demanded his presence!
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Presumably you got a dog because you wanted a companion, a sidekick. Presumably you live with a dog because you like dogs. Your dog is your friend, the two of you have so many great moments of fun and affection every day, yet you don’t even give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his perceived transgressions.
You can read the entire article here.
What do you think about correcting dog behavior? Many times the problem is not with our dogs. It is with you and me. What do you think?