You probably don’t realize you are driving your dog crazy.
Now don’t misunderstand.
Your dog is your best friend unless you’re one of those abusers of dogs and probably people.
But there are a number of actions you’re doing that your dog doesn’t like.
So. Do you love your dog?
Do you want to be their BFF?
Then read and reread this article on what to stop or change or at least adjust these behaviours.
Here is a sample of just those actions:
Using words more than body language
We’re a vocal species. We love to chatter away, even at our pets, who can’t understand the vast majority of what we’re saying. Dogs might be able to deduce what a few key words mean — walk, treat, toy, off — and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border collies have done. But they can’t understand human language. What they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language. Dogs have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can figure out what you’re thinking and feeling before you even realize you’re thinking and feeling it. But we can easily send mixed signals if we are only paying attention to what our mouths are saying and not what our bodies are saying. If you go to any beginning dog training class, you’ll see plenty of people saying one thing, doing another, and a confused dog trying to figure out what in the world is wanted of them. For instance, telling a dog to “stay” while leaning forward toward the dog and holding out a hand like a traffic cop is, in body language, actually inviting the dog to come toward you. But when the dog does, she gets reprimanded for breaking her stay command. It’s all so confusing!
Read the source below for expansions on…
- Hugging your dog
- Petting a dog’s face or patting her head
- Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye
- Not providing structure and rules
- Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like
- Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell
- Keeping a tight leash, literally
- Being tense
- Being Boring
For further reading (after you’ve read the source article below)
If you’d like to learn more about how to be a better friend to your dog, try these great book recommendations. For example, in “The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs” professional behaviorist and trainer Patricia B. McConnell goes into excellent detail about the species differences between primates and canids and why dogs don’t appreciate our hugs, as well as many other great ways of understanding a dog’s perspective about the world. Meanwhile, in “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz, you’ll get a chance to see the world through a dog’s eyes and learn so much about body language, the importance of scent, and other things that will help you know more about what your dog wants out of life. And for understanding more about how clicker training and training games can help you and your dog get along better, try “Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals” by Karen Pryor. Follow the link for these and more great reads.
Source: Mother Nature Network