From Your Dog’s Perspective: 11 Common Questions
As a dog trainer, I’m frequently asked the same questions over and over again during my dog training classes. Hey, it’s OK to ask since you’d never know the answer if you didn’t! Interestingly enough, many of the same questions are usually asked during the first or second class. This is because dog behavior is totally different than human behavior. So check out 11 of the most frequently asked questions below and understand what’s really going on from your dog’s point of view.
1. Why do dogs pull on leash?
Because you follow them. 🙂
2. Do dogs feel guilt?
Nope, they don’t. Instead, they react to your stern body language—basically, you’re scaring them. Please stop all the shaming photos. It sends the general public the wrong message.
3. Why do dogs bark at doorbells?
Someone (or thing) is on the other side and they are alerting you. Teach your dogs to do something else, such as lying on their bed, rather than bark.
4. Why does my dog pee in the formal dining room?
Dogs are smart. Thick carpet and rugs adsorb pee quickly, so they prefer to potty in rooms with that surface. Never punish your dog for peeing. Train your dog to potty in another room or outdoors.
5. Why does my dog walk in front of me and stop?
Dogs have never been taught to not walk in front of you and stop. Dogs are like toddlers. They do the same thing until they’re taught differently. Train your dog to step back or come around by luring a treat into place.
6. Is treat training considered bribery?
Not at all. Lure reward training is a very effective way to teach new behaviors.
7. If my dog doesn’t learn, is he stupid?
Far from it. Dogs are super smart, and it’s our job to figure out how to teach polite behaviors effectively. Take a breather and look at it from your dog’s perspective. He’s probably confused and unsure of what you’re asking. If you’re frustrated, find a positive reinforcement dog trainer.
8. Should I train my dog to protect me?
Oh my gosh, no. Dogs should alert humans about situations, but not attack. Please don’t ever teach your dog to protect you, children or family. This is a dangerous game.
9. Why is my dog hyper?
Because he has never been taught to self-settle. This is a common issue with children too.
10. Will giving my dog people food cause begging?
Nope. The act of giving any type of food from your plate or dinner table causes begging behavior.
11. Should I act as alpha?
This is a myth. Forcing, staring, pushing, pulling and physically correcting dogs is extremely confusing to them. Picture yourself in a foreign country where no one speaks your native language. Now, imagine people trying to communicate with you—yikes! Throw the “alpha status” stuff out the window. It’s old and useless.
Do you have a question? Leave them in the comments section below!