Dogs look up to us, their owners, as their role models. Yes, they may imitate what they see. They try to mimic what we do. A lot of us may not be aware of it but we may be forming their habits after ours.
Below are several aspects to which our habits may affect our dogs:
Communication. The way you treat your pooch will reflect on how he responds to you. If you are gentle with him, he will likely give you those puppy eyes with his ears drawn backwards encouraging you to pet him. However, if you are always mad at him and constantly scold him, do not be surprised if he becomes aggressive and starts to bark at you eventually.
Eating. Feeding your dog is recommended to be given at fixed schedules on a designated area. In lieu of giving discipline, you are also teaching his body clock to be hungry at those specific times. If he sees you having a snack, chances are he will ask or even beg you to throw him a bone. Giving in to his whim tells him he can get away with it aside from disrupting his feeding schedule.
Lifestyle. You are tying your shoelaces as you get ready for your early morning run. As you lift your head up, you see your dog reaching out for his leash as he wags his tail. Then you realize it is his thing, too. If he sees you having a great time doing laps at the pool, he might just jump in without being prodded. On the other hand, if you are a couch potato, don’t raise an eyebrow if you call on him and he simply stares at you and then looks the other way.
Sleeping. Dogs are very sensitive with everything that happens around them especially with their owners with whom strong bonds are developed. You may think that he is in deep sleep only to find out he is behind you when you sneak to get your midnight snack. If you stay late at night watching movies to help you unwind after a tiring day at work, he most likely will give you company. If you get up early trying to beat the rush hour, he may also catch up with your fast pace to cherish the few minutes he has with you before you leave.
Attitude. Dogs are keen observers if you haven’t noticed. They may treat other people the way you do. So, if you are happy to see your friend, he will feel the excitement, too, as he loosely wiggles his body as you get closer. On the contrary, if he feels that you despise the person you are talking to, his body may be stiff with his head and neck raised and also, his ears and tail pointed up.
- Emotions. It is truly amazing to know and feel that dogs have emotions, too. They do not only recognize but also react to love and anger, joy and sadness, fear and anxiety. Nothing beats coming home after a three-day business trip to your pooch literally jumping for joy! However, if you feel sad and lonely, he will feel the same. Have you ever curled up in your bed as you cried silently trying to hold back your tears? And then felt your dog slowly crawling to find his way between your chest and your arms, as if wanting to be hugged? They can feel what we feel.
Having a grasp of dog psychology paves the way in knowing how your dog takes after your habits and how those affect him.
Here at Bark & Birch, we provide all the training to guide you on how to understand and handle your dog the best ways possible using calm and confident techniques.
Wouldn’t it be nice to let your dog enjoy his sweet life having a personality of its own?