Canine Conundrums – Think outside the box

happy-corgiCanine Conundrums – Can you think outside the box?

On the first day of Christmas my dear dog left for me … a chewed shoe when he knew not to!
I saw the guilt in his eyes, that look on his face. They told me he KNEW he’d done wrong.

This is so often what we hear, yet if the dog knew so well why did he do wrong? Perhaps he was bored, had not been for a walk, or perhaps there were no interesting chew toys around? In short, no matter what, it is actually we who are in the wrong for having not given him what he needed, and having left the shoe out.

In dog language, ears back and tucked tail, slinking and licking, looking away and lying belly-up, mean “I’m anxious” or “I’m scared”. What the dog is saying with his body, is, “Please don’t hurt me! Please don’t shout at me!”

On the second day of Christmas my dear dog left for me … a stinky poo when he knew not to!
I saw the guilt in his eyes, that look on his face. They told me he KNEW he’d done wrong.

We may not know why he is doing what he is doing, but he would never be doing it to spite us. Most times dogs do things we don’t like, because we have not taught them to do differently. Perhaps we haven’t taught them the self control they need? Desired behaviour comes with understanding, positive reinforcement, and good training . None of us would want any dog to shut down, and live his life in a cloud of anxiety and sadness, not doing anything for fear of doing wrong.

Try thinking outside the box and see your dog’s behaviour and body language in a different light.