Anyone who remembers the show Lassie knows that some dogs are very smart. Lassie was able to communicate with her family without being misunderstood. While most dogs don’t have Lassie’s superpowers, dogs are generally smarter than most people give them credit for. In fact, dog owners are usually surprised to learn that much of their dog’s behavior is a response to their own behavior.
It really shouldn’t be surprising to learn that your behavior impacts the behavior of your dog. As highly intelligent creatures, they respond to their environments accordingly. A dog that snips at people, or who doesn’t handle visitors well can behave this way as a result of the environment that you’ve created. If a house is full of stress, tension, yelling, and fighting, this behavior will affect the dog. A dog from this environment could become aggressive or develop habits of urinating in the house or scratching walls and molding. On the other hand, dogs who experience calm, soothing, environments are likely to behave in a calm, peaceful manner. Dogs are pack animals by nature, and when your dog views you as the alpha, or leader, it will take its direction from you and will follow orders.
There are countless companies that offer dog training classes, yet few take a comprehensive approach that teaches the owners about their behavior and how they are influencing their dog both positively and negatively. At Auburn Leach K9 Solutions, we use praise and love as a primary tool in working with dogs. We know that dogs, like people, respond better to affirmation than criticism. We also take the time to help owners better understand the ways their behavior at home programs their dog to behave in certain ways. Remembering dogs’ intellectual capabilities, using praise, and working with owners has helped us experience tremendous success. If your dog’s behavior has become a problem for you and your family, contact us today to find out how we can help!