Dog behavior – Stop assuming and start asking questions
Recently, Debbie Jacobs from Fearfuldogs.com shared a video demonstrating how we can misinterpret a dog’s behavior.
Is your older dog suddenly refusing to sit on command? Maybe it’s arthritis.
Is your dog suddenly afraid to go outside? Maybe those new wind chimes you placed outside is scaring them.
Does your dog suddenly stop and refuse to move on a snowy street during your walk? Maybe the salt the city put down is hurting their paws.
Our dogs are telling us something all of the time, we just have to take the time to listen to them. I think the biggest mistake we (myself included) make when it comes to our dog’s behavior is not taking the time to understand the “why” behind it. Is it because there is something of higher value to them in their environment? Possibly. Did he have a bad experience in this environment that is affecting his ability to do something now? Could be. Is what we are asking of our dog confusing? Very likely.
It’s so easy to scold our dogs and assume they are refusing to obey us because they don’t want to do it or they don’t want to listen, but before we jump to the easiest, and most often the incorrect, conclusion we may want to take time to really listen to what our dogs are telling us.
Before making a judgement about their behavior we should… Watch. Look. Listen.
Here is that video Debbie shared. Take a look and let me know what you think.