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    Default Disciplining Your Dog, Do They Know They've Done Wrong?

    Despite the Guilty Look, Animal Behaviorists Insist Dogs Feel no Shame


    by VETDEPOT on FEBRUARY 27, 2014





    The next time you come home to an expensive pair of chewed up shoes, you may want to think twice about yelling “bad dog” and lecturing your puppy. Recent scientific findings suggest that dogs are actually incapable of feeling shame.


    So what about that guilty expression, the tail between the legs, and the cowering head? Animal behaviorists attribute these “guilty” behaviors to the owner’s anger. Dogs are simply responding to their owners’ reactions and are unable to connect that anger with the damage they did earlier in the day.


    This isn’t to say that dogs are incapable of learning from their behavior. If a reward or punishment is handed out immediately after the good/bad behavior, dogs are more likely to connect their actions with the consequences. They still may not feel shame, but they will realize that something bad happens when they behave a certain way. (It’s important to remember that punishment should never be physical, a firm “bad dog” will do.)


    So, what is an owner supposed to do when they come home to the insides of their trashcan strewn all over the floor? According to Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, “just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way next time.”
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    I actually watched a show about this last weekend. It was pretty interesting for sure.
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    I think we all know not to put temptation in the way. Lol. But then when Sheldon does something he knows is wrong I don't even have to say anything he looks so ashamed of himself. He rarely ever does anything wrong if ever, but he has done it since he was a puppy.

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    My doggies will always know immediately that the've done something wrong, before I even say a word… but they would still do it anyway… LMAO!!!

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    Yep.... I totally believe, correction any other time than when it is taking place, the pup has no idea why you are angry, they just no you are
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    My doggies will always know immediately that the've done something wrong, before I even say a word… but they would still do it anyway… LMAO!!!
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    I'm skeptical about this "scientific research" by "animal behaviorists". I believe that dogs do know when they've done something wrong and they express this "guilt" or "shame" by looking away or avoiding eye contact with me. I don't even have to say anything to them to make them do this, all I need to do is walk into the room and when Finn is rummaging thru the trash for instance and sees me, he runs away and lays on his tummy 'cuz he know he did a "no-no".




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    My Bullmastiff definitely knows. He will look sheepish and act weird even if it is not obvious what he has done. Sometimes it has taken me a while to find the damage and I have deliberately looked for something because of his body language haha :0)
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    I never scold him cause usually it's my fault, the main thing he chews is Sky remote controls, but I should learn to leave them out of reach!!!
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    Default Re: Disciplining Your Dog, Do They Know They've Done Wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    I'm skeptical about this "scientific research" by "animal behaviorists". I believe that dogs do know when they've done something wrong and they express this "guilt" or "shame" by looking away or avoiding eye contact with me. I don't even have to say anything to them to make them do this, all I need to do is walk into the room and when Finn is rummaging thru the trash for instance and sees me, he runs away and lays on his tummy 'cuz he know he did a "no-no".
    I have to agree with Henny...experts or no! If Dudley has done something naughty, he KNOWS. I haven't said a word and he's looking up at me with THAT look -- from behind the chair, where he has gone to hide!

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