Handy tip if your dog won’t listen
It’s official – humans are from Mars and dogs are from Venus. We’re on entirely different wavelengths. If I were to put this in human context, when my lovely wife says ‘‘it is a nice day, perhaps you may like to think about putting out the washing’’, I hear ‘‘gee cool day, don’t bother putting out the washing, I will do it’’.
What my wife should have said was ‘‘get up and put out the washing’’. That I can understand.
Can you get your dog to look at you more?
But what does this have to do with dog training? Well I’ve spoken to people for whom standard training is not working as well as they’d like – and I now know why. We are from different planets.
You see, a dog is bred to see things, and every so often listen. We humans can’t stop talking, so all our training for our dogs is based on listening, which is actually much harder for them to do.
We teach our dogs from a young age to do something that they’re not genetically made to do.
So what are we going to do? Stop talking. Now this may seem obvious, but when was the last time you went for a walk and simply showed your dog what to do as opposed to saying it? I bet, never. You see or do you.
When you take your dog for a walk, say nothing. Give it hand signals only and see what it does. My prediction is that it will start looking at you a lot more as it is meant to be doing.
I started off talking about how training is wrong. Does this mean that we can’t talk to our dogs? No, of course not. Go ahead, just don’t expect them to listen all that much as they look at your lips going up and down.