Monday, May 27, 2013
I was thinking about this and realized - if I did act like a wolf when my dog jumped up on me, what would that really mean I was to do? I don't have any wolves handy to test with, so I thought back to Saturday morning when Brynda was out with me during class being the teaching dog. What did she do when a dog got rude with her? She turned around and gave him what for and he backed off and was much more respectful after that. It happened one more time during the other dog's interaction with Brynda as he was trying all those things he has used in the past with other dogs and also with people. One more time, more mildly the second time, Brynda turned and snarked at him and he stopped with the rude behavior. Not only did he stop, but he started parallel walking with her, sniffing where she did and basically being her shadow.
Can I, as a human, communicate as effectively as Brynda did so that ONE TIME was all that was needed to stop a particular behavior? Not if I try to emulate a dog or a wolf because I am not either of those species. The dog I'm trying to stop knows this, and so do I.