We all know our thought life manifests into speech which in turn manifests into action. Our attitudes towards our dogs directly impacts how we treat them and how effective our training will be.
If we think of our dog and refer to our dog as a jerk….its easy to transfer that attitude into misreading behavior and allowing unfair punishments or management plans.
The wrong or negative attitude toward our dogs blurs our vision and allows for poor diagnosis of behaviors that directly leads to poor management that creates a cycle of unwanted behavior and frustration.
How do we fix this?
Here are some tips: Research your breed (or type) look for descriptive words and ask where they fit and how they could be applied to ours dogs behavior and, sometimes, help us accept them for what they were designed to be.
Learn about canine body language, not only is it super cool, but it will help clear up communication attempts from our dogs.
Examples: Mastiffs-many refer to them as stubborn but they were bred for tenacity and steadfastness.
Aussies- many refer to them as crazy with too much energy but they were bred for athletic and mental stamina, problem solving, and a strong desire to work.
If we have the correct vision and attitude toward our dogs and understand their genetic dispositions we can properly view their behavior and create appropriate and fair training programs.
A few common descriptive words we can change for more accuracy are:
SPITEFUL- this one I usually hear in reference to house breaking “he pooped on my shoes because he is mad at me”, “he chewed on my sweater because he doesn’t like my new boyfriend”.
Lets change this out for: improperly managed
STUBBORN for UNMOTIVATED
When agitated or frustrated its OK to walk away and cool off…we always strive to be COOL like Fonzy and remember….we LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE our angels and they want to please us.
WHAT POSITIVE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOUR DOG? For any questions feel free to reach out.
PASSION. KNOWLEDGE. RESPECT.