Common submissive dog behaviors include lowering of head, tail, body, or rolling over and exposing the underside.
Many people believe they are teaching their dogs by scolding. They place items the dog destroyed into their outstretched hands, fuss at the dogs, and the dogs cower away.
The people support their misbeliefs by the phrase, “She knows what she did because she looked guilty when I held up the item.”
Say, I don’t know what your dog is thinking, nor do you. But I do know this.
Submissive behaviors are not an admission of guilt. These behaviors are your dog’s way of saying, “Please discontinue your attack, I mean you no harm”.
If you do not believe me, try this. Show your dog an item, any item with no previous relevance to the dog, push it towards your dog and fuss. He or she will react with the same submissive behaviors you see when you are fussing about a naughty event. If the dog knows right and wrong, why did he or she exhibit submissive behaviors when you held an unfamiliar item and fussed?
Teaching by scolding is not very efficient.
It’s like allowing your 3 year old child to run into the street so you can spank him or her. Everyone can agree. That would be ridiculous. Parents of a 3 year old child focus on preventing their 3 year old child from running into the street. They know that one day, the child will be old enough to cross the street without an adult. But now, the kid is too young and “untrained” to be near the street unattended. One day, the parents will teach the child the skills needed to cross the busy street. Until then, the child is closely supervised.
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If you have a new puppy or dog, you need to manage the environment so your puppy does not practice rude behaviors. Use baby gates, crates, leashes, tethers to control your pup’s access to territory.
Many people overlook the most basic tool for controlling a dog inside the house, the leash. It’s a neat device that has a coupler on one end that attaches to your dog’s collar.
Several times a week, I hear people say, “my dog jumps up on guests or runs out the door at every opportunity”? I suspect these people do not have a leash attached!
Off leash obedience is an advanced skill. No one would take their untrained dog for a walk, next to Poplar avenue, without attaching a leash. Why? Because they know their dogs are likely to go into the street, or chase a car ,or otherwise get into trouble. They realize their dog is not trained, does not respond to voice commands, and they manage the environment by attaching a leash. With a leash attached, the dog is safely connected and unable to make stupid choices. GREAT!
Off leash obedience is an advanced skill, regardless if the location is inside or outside. Instead of waiting for your puppy to make mistakes, and attempting to teach via corrections, help your puppy make the right choices and reinforce good behaviors with rewards. You can kindly prevent your utrained dog from jumping up on guests, counter surfing, getting into the trash, or other wise destroying your home by attaching a leash or tether.
The long term solution for naughty behaviors is simple. Learn how to train your dog and then do it!
Here is an outline of your tasks:
Dog Training Success
- Meet your dog’s social, emotional and physical needs.
- Kindly prevent your pet from practicing unwanted behaviors. Attach a leash.
- Learn how to tell your dog exactly what you want.
- Learn how to motivate your dog to want the same things as you.
- Change your behaviors in order to change your dog’s behaviors.
- Form a global training plan.
- Teach your dog coping skills.
- Teach your dog basic commands.
- Practice with your dog every day.
- Practice with your dog in many different locations.
- Practice with your dog while increasing the level of distractions.
- Practice with your dog on a short leash, and then on a long line – before you go off leash.
Alan J Turner
Certified Companion Animal Behavior Counselor & Trainer – Canine Specialization