Seriously, your dog is not sneaky?
What do you do when you think no one’s looking? Dogs have learned a great deal from our behavior, they know what’s fair and what is not (there is research to prove that). Another research study tested to find out if dogs would eat food they were told not too, under two similar conditions.
- First the dog parent sat in a room with his or her dog. Each parent instructed each dog not to eat the food. None of the dogs ate the food they were told not to.
- The second time, the dog parent told the same dog not to eat the food but researchers turned out the lights.
- Yep, all the dogs ate the food.
- This proves dogs get our point of view. They know we can’t see in the dark!
Photo credit: Marc Hoffman
What funny things dogs do when they think their people are not watching.
- What does your dog do to break the rules?
- What has your dog taught him or herself that frustrates you?
My number one bone to pick with other dog parents:
Yanking a dog’s throat by a collarollar.
Repeated yanking with force is not humane. It does not qualify as training. Excellent trainers do not need to manhandle a dog. The best trainers rarely even raise their voices. They don’t have to do all that creepy Cesar Millan kicking. Humane trainers show the dog what they want the dog to do. They set dogs up for success. They emphasis and reward good behavior every time.
Basic canine good citizen training for dog parent and dog teaches how to reward (or mark) the exact instant a dog or puppy does the wanted behavior. Dog’s breathing, water drinking and eating anatomies in their throats get damaged by this type of mistreatment.
Please read my page “No More Death By Collar.”
Reward dogs for doing the right thing!
Please answer any or all of the questions in your comments. Thanks for reading, Deborah Taylor-French