Friday, August 26, 2011

When Dog Training is Counter Intuitive

Recently my husband brought this article to my attention:

6 Well Intentioned Ways You're Ruining Your Dog -

Granted, it's posted on a comedy website, but the advice is all really sound.  It mentions things like punishing your dog after the fact (and why that "guilty" look they get isn't guilt at all), addressing submissive urination by ignoring it completely, and how coddling your dog when scared makes the situation worse, among other things.  It got me thinking about how people as a whole instinctively want to approach dogs from a primate mind frame, as opposed to a canine one.  Yes, dogs definitely (in my opinion) do have very real emotions and are incredibly intelligent.  At the end of the day, however, they are still dogs and need to be treated as such.  By learning how dogs think, and how they express themselves through body language, we can make huge strides in effectively training and socializing them.