YOUR DOG IS THE MIRROR OF YOUR FEELINGS
Have you ever paid attention to your dog's behavior when you're having a stressful day or when you're upset? If you have a bond with your dog and you can understand his mood, you can observe that your dog is having a tense and anxious day with you. Or on the contrary, on a day full of joy and energy, you may find that your friend is just as pleasant and active as you are. Some people may interpret this as a coincidence; but this is not a coincidence. Your dog can read you like a book!
90% of the communication between dog and human takes place outside of verbal communication. Dogs cannot understand most of the words we say except for a few keywords; but they can distinguish very well from our tone of voice whether we are anxious, happy or nervous at that moment. Even if we never speak, our posture, facial expression and most importantly, our energy, reflect our current mood to our dogs. How about doing a simple experiment? Frown your brows and say anything in a serious tone, looking your dog in the eye, and don't blink. Five minutes later, when you say the same word with a smile and your daily soft voice, blinking your eyes at a normal rate, you will be able to see how little space words take up in our communication with dogs.
Of course, it is amazing that our dear friends can analyze us so clearly and their perceptions have developed so much; however, there is a disadvantage as well as an advantage of our feelings being reflected on them. In addition to genetics, our behavior and upbringing also play a major role in shaping a dog's character. And I can say that; Many dogs with behavioral problems have problems due to their owners' wrong attitude towards events and actions. A very simple example, one of the most common mistakes made: When the puppy's first vaccinations are finished and he goes out, the owner panics every time a strange dog is encountered, for fear that other dogs will harm him; either he nervously drives his dog away quickly, or he unwittingly waits nervously in anxiety. Meanwhile, the dog learns from its owner, “Meeting a dog is not a good thing. The owner is nervous, so let's not be nervous either”. A dog bred this way is unlikely to be social. Because during the growth process, most dating experiences ended with the owner pulling on the leash and the cold winds blowing in the air. A dog raised like this will either live the rest of his life avoiding other dogs or show aggression out of fear and protection. As in this and countless other examples, we shape the behavior of our dogs, consciously or unconsciously. When we are tense in an environment, they tense with us. they also feel good when we are happy and having fun. When the action is repeated, our dog's reaction is the same as ours. Therefore, in solving owner-induced behavioral problems, the owner must first correct his reactions and adopt a neutral attitude.
Many types of bad behavior in dogs stem from fear and anxiety. (Fear of veterinarians, fear of fireworks…) If you stay calm and careful not to expose your dog to negative experiences and negative feelings, such behavior problems will be less likely to develop. My advice to you; In the time you spend with your dog, try to control your emotions and behavior before your dog. In this way, you will prevent the development of many negative behaviors.