Your Dog Thinks You’re Psycho! 😳 Ok. First of all - not ALL of our clients live with their dogs this way, but the vast majority of dog owners do. We have a tendency to shower our dogs with praise and affection and words of affirmation (that the dog doesn’t understand) for literally no reason, while providing very little teaching and directing (with regards to what we want from them on a daily basis). And then we unfairly switch to frustration or even anger when the dog does something we don’t like and we punish them either verbally or physically but most importantly energetically.
Affectionville vs Frustrationville So what happened to neutral, decisive energy and non-negotiable direction that is coming from a place of teaching and doing what’s best for the dog? Our dogs are confused! That’s why dog behaviorist all over the country are so busy. Our challenge for you today is to let go of both extremes and try to live with your dog more in the middle. Give them clear, consistent direction. Let go of frustration when they make a mistake and guide them into the decision you want no matter how long it takes for them to “get it”. Take the time. And no.. I’m not saying to stop affection! Just be smart about when, why, and how you’re using it. I’ll save that for another post. ❤️