• Feb 7, 2020

Sometimes we, owners, that without wishing, we teach pets to "bad" behavior, that is, we support undesirable actions. Why and how it occurs?

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The matter is that dogs are beings social. They are extremely sensitive not only to "messages" of relatives, but also to language of a body of people and also to intonation of a voice, and understand these signals much better, than words. Besides, dogs in any unclear situation are guided by the significant personality – and for our canine friends is the one whom they consider the owner. For this reason the behavior of the owner, as well as behavior of other dogs, directly affects behavior of your dog.

It is difficult to watch himself, but if you have, for example, two dogs, you can observe them. If pets are amicable, they together run (and movements time synchronous), at the same time sleep and play and if one dog barks, then the second supports. And the more attachment, the more dog "synchronizes" the behavior with other dog or the person.

The French scientific Charlotte Duranton and Florence Gaunet in 2015 and in 2017 conducted researches which allowed to come to the following conclusions:

  1. Dogs perfectly "read out" signals of people.
  2. the Emotional condition of the owner affects behavior of a dog.
  3. the Behaviour of the person (including his attention) affects behavior of a dog.
  4. the Dog looks there where also the owner.
  5. In any unclear situation the dog waits for the hint from the owner.
So if in the course of correction of "bad" behavior of a dog the owner does not change own behavior, you should not expect success.

We will take such problem of behavior of dogs as fears. How can the person teach a dog to be afraid?

  1. to Behave it is disturbing or is authoritative. If the owner himself is afraid of everything or is incapable to provide to a dog competent support how she can be courageous?
  2. to Bring unpredictability, chaos in life of a dog and to punish her. Unpredictability and punishments – the best way to deprive a dog of self-confidence and in safety of the world around.
  3. Unintentionally to support fear (for example, to iron a dog while she is afraid, or to speak to her by a tender voice: "Well, you are a good dog , be not afraid").

The "bad" behavior is supported when the owner at the same time tenderly talks to a dog persuades her, using markers of the correct behavior "Well, you are a good dog why you act this way?" or when the dog as a result of the actions receives that it is necessary for her (for example, attention of the owner or a piece from a table).

Behaviour which is not supported disappears. Therefore it is extremely important that the owner did not support "bad" behavior, and it is constant, but not occasionally – the variable reinforcement is even more effective, than constant.

Many consider that to allow a dog what is forbidden always once – it will not damage. But the dog does not understand such logic. The sequence is important for it. And what is forbidden not always – that is always authorized.

In what measure the "bad" behavior of a dog is shown, most often depends on the owner – from his abilities to training of the pet, knowledge in the field of psychology of dogs and methods which he chooses.

 Bad behavior of dogs of a photo

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