Addressing Problem Behavioral Issues by Seeing Dogs as Dogs

Training for Dog Problem Behaviors

Training but still having behavioral issues? Teaching your dog commands and boundaries is one thing, but understanding your dog is another. Many times when clients approach me with difficult dogs, I find that they think of their dogs like little humans, and while it seems intuitive to do so — dogs are members of our family, after all — in fact, it creates a disconnect in the human-dog relationship. Speaking realistically, dogs are dogs, not humans, and it’s unfair to the dog for us to expect them to behave or think otherwise.

For dogs with behavioral problems like separation anxiety, aggression, biting, and even house-training issues, you need to get to the root of the issue, and to do that, you need to understand how a dog sees the world. Since your dog doesn’t have the capacity to see the world from your perspective, it’s up to you to close the gap. In this episode, Brett discuses the importance of seeing your dog as a dog and tells you how to use that new perspective to help you resolve your dog’s issues.

Listen to Episode 96 of The Dog Savant Podcast here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere else you find your podcasts!