a reply to: CardiffGiant
Here is a major issue with dog owners, and I know that all of us have at one time or another accidentally played into this, the dog acts upset and
you say "whats wrong hun?" Or some such thing and pet the dog. After working with dog trainers I can tell you that is the wrong reaction.Let me give
you a typical situation:
A storm is moving in, the dog starts pacing and getting upset,he sees that you may be getting upset since the weather guy is talking about chance of
Tornadoes or whatever. The dog gets more upset and running around feeling that
1. A storm is moving in,he can feel the barometric pressure dropping.
2. His owner is slightly upset for some reason,therefore the pressure dropping must be a bad thing and he needs to protect said owner.
3.His owner keeps petting him,telling HIM that his behavior is what the owner wants,not thinking that he is telling the dog to do something like get
upset over something we have no control over.
If you pet your dog when they are upset,you ARE telling the dog thats what you want out of it. We do it to comfort ourselves and others,in the canine
world it only tells them that they are being good by being upset.STOP IT.
Yes I know,I have done it too. Its a normal reaction to a stressful situation. But it does the dog no good at all. Instead in a calm but firm voice
tell the dog to go lay down. If he sleeps in a crate,put him in there. If he whines,tell him NO.If the dog gets upset over you leaving,set up the
situation to correct it. Act like you are going to the store or whatever, then wait 5 minutes and come back quietly. If you hear him whining or
tearing up things or being stressed in any way, walk in and tell him to go lay down. When he does praise him ,then leave again. Work on it with
making the time longer and longer till it no longer is an issue.
Pets or no pets,there are times when you need to leave them and go do things. Whether its going to work or shopping or whatever. You want the dog to
be calm and relaxed when you leave. Take a nap or just lay there looking around. Not be a basket case cause you walked out the door.