Going Nuts With Your Dog
We were out discussing Out of Sight Dog Fencing with a homeowners group in Miramar when a member of the group asked us a question we hear many times. “Sometimes I just get so mad with my dog, I start screaming and chasing him… …But it doesn’t do any good! He doesn’t respond to me. Is my dog just nuts or stupid or what?”
Well, there is “someone” stupid and nuts in the group, but it is not the dog. We have to understand that the way we communicate is not exactly the same way that our dogs communicate. We get mad, we scream, we yell, we chase. What we aren’t doing is communicating with our dog in a way he understands.
Even though the way that humans and dogs communicate is quite similar, it is different enough to breed miscommunication. Dogs mainly communicate through body language. To put this in another way, they posture. When they are looking at us for communication, they are watching our body language very carefully to understand, from their point of view, what we are trying to say.
One of the most important parts of good body language in portraying that you are the one that should be respected and listened to is your ability to stay calm and motionless. Running, screaming, jumping, chasing; do not send the message you are trying to deliver to your dog. When your dog is doing something wrong, the first thing that you must remember is to stay calm and motionless. You can absolutely correct him in a firm and resolute manner, but you must do it while remaining calm and motionless.
It is amazing how many dog owners do not employ this simple, and almost obvious piece of advice. Not only will you be sending the right message to your dog, you will feel better too. Give it a shot! If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in South Florida.