What we are going to do is let you in on the truth about what our pups can and can not do!
Signs Your Dog Can't Do Something
Dogs can't understand when you yell at them or why you are yelling at them. When your dog barks and you yell at them to stop, they think you are barking too. If you just keep yelling at your dog for everything they do, or everything you don't want them to do, you are going to create an anxiety monster.
Dogs understand touch and your energy. If you put off frantic energy, they will mirror that energy. This anxious behavior is also often exhibited when there are loud noises like fireworks. Dogs don't understand why you are looking up in the air or the loud booms that are occurring in the sky. They just want to be away from all of the noise and high energy. Many dogs actually run away when fireworks occur - they are trying to escape the madness.
Likewise, dogs can't understand kids; they don't understand why kids walk so funny and grab their tails so hard or try to sit on them. Dogs don't understand why they get punished when they nip or bark at kids that are being too rough with them.
One more thing - costumes. Your dog doesn't want to wear that costume, believe us. They don't want to feel restricted in their movement and they don't really have the patience for sitting still for those selfies.
You are the pack leader, right? (or are you?) Your dog is anxious or afraid when they begin to shake, their eyes get wide and their tail tucks under. If your dog is very anxious, he may try to run away from you and hide or cower. If your dog barks at a young child that innocently yet roughly pulls at their fur or tail, take that opportunity to teach the child to be gentle; gently touch, gently pet. If your dog is still anxious around the child, it is best to separate the child so no accidents happen to the dog, or to the child.
Costumes - your dog may wear the costume for a few minutes, but if your dog begins to growl, tremble, yawn, cower or pant, it is time to take off that costume and let your dog just be a dog.
For another sign that your dog doesn't understand something, someone, what is happening or why you are upset, look at their eyes. Yes - a dog's eyes tell us all we need to know. We don't want to make our dogs upset, sad or especially afraid. If their eyes get big or they avert their gaze from you, something is up with your pup. They may require some reassurance from you that all is okay and they are not in trouble or in any danger.
- Tense jaw
- Raspy panting
- Back hair on edge
- Averting eyes
- Pupils dilated
- Ears up
Historical Ideas of What Dogs Can Not Do
Who knew? Our little, precious puppers are exceptional beings - we are learning more and more about them every day. What will we learn next? Stay tuned!
The Science of Dogs Understanding Things
If a person is anxious, a dog knows it. If a person is happy, a dog knows it. How? Easy - they read our body language.
If we are antsy and aren't meeting their eyes, the dog doesn't like that - they think we are untrustworthy. If we are happy, smiling, and petting them like crazy, the dog loves it and us. If we enter a room crying, a dog will know we are sad and will often try to comfort us by nuzzling our hands to get us to pet them, and you know what - it works!
Who can cry while petting a sweet dog? Bad mood or angry mood equals heavy and dark energy. Happy and light equals positive energy. Dogs are amazing - but we all agree on that point!
Training a Dog to Do Things
Go through standard commands and if they just stare at you blankly (and adorable-y), they need some boot camp. It is important that your dog knows commands to keep them safe and let them know you are the pack leader.
You can easily Google how to train your pup or check out YouTube. If you are uncomfortable with that, look for a certified trainer at area pet stores or online. These commands are for your dog's safety, especially when you take them to unfamiliar areas like dog parks, parking lots or pet stores. Use the basic commands of "come", "down", "stay" and "leave it". These commands may truly save your dog's life one day and keep you both in sync when you are in public and at your house.
How to React When Your Dog Won't Do Something
Do not yell and do not physically hit them.
Breathe. Remember they don't understand why you are upset with them; train them properly and calmly.
Be patient. Even when our pups "mess up" when in training, they are still adorable, right?