🔴 Your Dog’s Behavior Is About You! | #DingleDaysPodcast 004

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"Dogs are People Too" podcast presented by Dingle Days,
our new host, Geryah Dingle, and I believe anything can be learned. If you believe that's true
as well, then keep listening because this is the number one show to bring you the best tips,
strategies, and technologies for pet caring. So let's get after it. Today on the show, we're
gonna be talking about your dog's behavior and how
it's a reflection of you.

Yeah, that's something
that's been on my mind for quite some time now. And I don't know, give me a comment down in the comment section below, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think that your dog's behavior or the things that you do in your life or the atmosphere affects the
type of dog or breed you have? I know there are some
things in the genes, right, in some very selective breeding with regard to what we
intend to get out of a dog, whether it be a working
breed or just a domestic pet or just anything to that effect. But just in a broad sense of terms without getting too specific, this has been on my mind
with regard to whether or not a dog's behavior is a reflection of you. 'Cause oftentimes, many
times we think of a dog in terms of the way we think of like maybe our children, right? You know, maybe not on the same level and maybe for some of us quite so, in the sense that kind of what you get in is what you put out.

So just leave me a note in
the comment section below if that's somethin' that you agree with. Or if you have some
different thoughts about it, we're gonna be friendly here. So if you're listenin' in on YouTube or the replay on your
podcast app of choice, that is what we're talking about, your dog's behavior and
whether or not it's about you. So I'm just gonna be going
through a few thoughts and covering a brief study
from a university in Budapest that looked at 14,000
dogs of various breeds, and did like a somewhat
of a psychological study with regard to the
environments, the history, and a lot of other factors with regard to the effect of the environment
on the dog's behavior and the type of dog that was
in your presence, per se, based on some factors about how you go about your daily life. That's what we're talking about today.

If you're just joining
us, your dog's behavior and whether or not it's about you. Like you get out what you put in, brother, with regard to that. And I know many of us have heard that when it comes to, again,
that analogy of your children or anything you really sow
into, you kind of get in, or get out, rather, what you put in. So that's kind of the messaging
that I'm driving home. And, of course, there's
a number of factors that can affect that. But, I mean, just generally speaking, without like going specifically
line by line in this study, even just the amount of time
that you spend with your dog, I think it was something to the effect of, and I'll leave the source
in the description below, the folks that spend, like,
let's say three active hours with their dog, generally speaking, have a more calm, more settled,
more easy-to -train dog.

So the more time, active time
that you spend with your dog, can like help settle your dog in. Now this isn't surprising to me, this isn't like some deal-breaker, per se. These are some things that maybe
you might just guess maybe, just guess that spending
time with your dog would have an effect on the
type of dog that you have. But it's just kinda been on
my mind a little bit lately. Because when things get busy, when you get out of your routine, you start to notice these
things a little bit more and you're like, hmm, what's changed? What's changed? You know, have you ever
missed the walk, you know? Leave me a comment down there if you've ever missed your walk, right? You know, if you miss your walk and you didn't get that
exercise for your dog, and you're wondering why they're
runnin' all over the place, and, sure, you may have
a crate or something when you're not out and about in your home or wherever your dog roams,
it makes a big difference, that active time, given
that attention, right, that attention to your dog, whatever their place is in your family.

So with that, and
Emotional2000, I see that. I believe our emotions
can affect our pets. If we're sad, they can be sad, exactly. That's so very, very true. I know many people have seen
that picture of the dog, and this is kinda more
of a sad story, right, but they've seen that dog like at the foot of the casket, right? And his owner is gone and he's in a room that's
pretty somber, right? And it's like, is this
dog actually depressed? Is this dog actually sad? They have real feelings, right? You know, they have real feelings. And I can tell that my dog
knows when I'm elated, you know, and he gets on my level.

He's like, oh, my gosh, I don't
know what's gotten into you, but I am with it. And then when I'm not
so cheerful or joyful, sometimes I think my dog
can sense that as well. And it's like they're
kind of vibing with you. So how does that affect your
relationship with your pet and the behaviors that you're getting? You know, whether or not your
dog is energetic or chill, shall I say, so I mean, if you maybe live a
more laid-back, relaxed, I'm not even gonna say
necessary sedentary, but just a laid-back,
relaxed, kinda chill, you're easygoing, life, then
perhaps your dog will be a little bit more laid-back and chill. Maybe less likely to just
be all about everything all the time. If you're just constantly active, you know your dog may wanna hang with you versus if you live a couch
potato life, and it's Netflix and whatever your streaming
service of choice is for the vast majority
of the time, you know? Because that's gonna
be what they're used to hour after hour after hour.

And the younger you have your dog, or shall I say the
longer you have your dog, the more I think ingrained
they're gonna get in your routine. Many times, we see that
without enough proper exercise, right, your dogs start to become victim to all kinds of
diseases and health issues that affect actually a
lot of humans, right? Like, I mean, even like obesity
and overfeeding your dog, and not getting him enough
activity during the day. There's a lotta great channels
out there to talk about this and studies with regard to the mix, making sure that your
dog gets enough exercise. But even somethin' like
that can you just bleed over into the lifestyle that you can provide or the type of life that
your dog can thrive in. Absolutely, our pets are
interconnected with our lives, right, and definitely
a strong, strong bond, and especially the longer you have them. And they're just so loyal, right? You come home and the rest
of the house can be tired, per se, and it just seems like your dog just is always ready
to go one more, go one more.

I think there's like a
fitness channel out there and he's like, always at the end of it, he's like, go one more, go one more. And it's like, yes, this
is the life of my dog. It is basically go one more, always ready to get after
it with me, you know. Whether you're a loudmouth
or you're quiet, right? Or you're quiet, that can
have an effect, right? I mean, like we just go back to the analogy of children, per se. is your house like always
just loud and everybody's just uh, uh, uh, go, go, go. Now, granted, some of these breeds are just gonna be more talkative, right? Just more talkative. But I'm sayin' I think
you can have an effect on this environment. And I think most dogs,
and not all dogs, right, are trainable, right? There's probably not a untrainable dog.

I mean, there's some dogs that probably have been
victim to some weird things in the past, and it may place
some obstacles in the way, in which case maybe there's
some other recommendations. But generally speaking,
dogs are trainable. And the environment can play
a big, big role in that. You know, cuddly breeds are kinda somewhat I'm gonna do my own thing. You know, it's a dog, but it
kinda acts more like a cat, no offense to cat people out there, no offense to cat people out there. You know, is he buddy-buddy? Or is he kinda strong-willed and bold? And I don't mean aggressive
in like the dangerous sense, but more so just more bold, right? I think that's a more appropriate word.

'Cause I know when we think aggressive, everybody's like, oh, man, of course not, we can't tolerate that,
we can't tolerate that. But I'm just talkin' about environment. I'm just talkin' about
different temperaments and different personality
traits, if you will, personality traits, yes. Going after humankind's incessant need to place everything in one, in a box. I'm talking about personality traits and how your actions, my actions, can reflect in the type
of dog, in the behaviors that my dog exhibits. Again, what are your thoughts on that? Just somethin' that's
kinda been on my mind when I just stepped back
and I look at my pet. There's a case study, and I can't pronounce the
names of these authors. Again, I'll leave it in the description or the podcast notes. But dog's personality, this
is what the quote says, "A dog's personality is not
fully set in his genes," okay, it's not completely just written, per se, but it's "affected and
shaped by his life history, "his living conditions, his owner's nature "and characteristics, and the social "and educational interactions
that he has with his owner." Wow, wow.

Life history, living conditions, characteristics, interactions. Yeah, like human beings,
just like human beings. So many things that you can
affect or at least influence just like human beings, wow. And so when I think
about that life history, and when I think about my
dog, kinda grew up from a pup with a lot of space to roam around, a lot of space to roam around. So, you know, probably
not super-anxious dog. I mean, it's kinda
easygoing, places to roam, lots of exercise, lots of
walks, lots of interactions, lots of socialization,
not much to compete with. You know, my puppy child,
not much to compete with at the time, you know, and that can make a difference as well. And then the characteristics,
the characteristics. You know, pretty easygoing. From the get-go, I knew
I wanna train my dog, I wanna train my dog.

I was so excited to get our
German Shepherd puppy, Disney, who's no longer a puppy. Y'all seen him on the channel,
definitely no longer a puppy. But I was so excited to get
him and started with structure very, very early on, because
I knew the potential, right? German Shepherd, yes,
yes, I knew the potential. And so I invested in that. And I looked at that just
like you would a human being, and it's like, what are the things, what are the things that I can
influence, the interactions? I remember taking my dog out
to Lowe's or to the pet store or to the vet clinic, you name it, just to get them used to
the sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the dogs.

So all of these things
we have an effect on with regard to our dogs' lives. And these aren't
necessarily breed-specific. Like, of course, you're gonna
have maybe some tendencies. Dogs are bred for certain things and you might get a cross-breed that has a mix of characteristics. But there are plenty of
things that you, the owner, have an effect on. And I think that's somethin' that maybe we don't always think about enough. I can't remember the exact quote, but I think it goes somethin' like, "When there is a problem
at the end of the leash, "you need to look who's on the other end." "When there's a problem
at the end of the leash, "you need to look at who's
on the other end," right? So it's not to say like
in that immediate instance that maybe you are necessarily
causing the specific, very specific action
that's goin' on, you know, your dog's pullin' around or
jerking you down the street, who's walkin' who, that kinda thing.

But maybe, over time, you've let your dog go without a correction. You've let your dog
without lettin' them know that behavior wasn't acceptable. And now this is the result. Now this is the result. Yes, you're embarrassed, right? 'Cause I think that's really
where this thought came up with regard to the subject. You know, when you get
embarrassed by your dog in public, there's no point in being
embarrassed by your dog in public because, at the end of the
day, it's not the dog's fault.

It's not the dog's fault. The dog's bein' a dog, right? And he's just livin' in your world. He is just livin' in your world and is going to do doggy things, right? When he does somethin'
based on an interaction and somethin' positive happens on the end, he's more likely to do
it again, to repeat it. If he does something and
there's something negative or at least non-positively reinforced, they're probably not
gonna do it again, right? 'Cause there's no reward. I was workin' with my dog the
other day, just in the house, and we were just kinda working on him, chillin' in the living room
while we're watching a movie without him gettin' into things.

And I think he started to realize, and if you can get your
dog to shape a behavior, I mean, you wanna shape it,
but if you can get your dog to do it on their own, because they realize when I do this thing, this X positive thing happens. I just basically had my
little treat belt goin' on. And every time he laid down
on the floor and just relaxed or on his bed and just
relaxed, he got a treat.

A small treat. You know, this was for duration,
this was over some time. 'Cause I didn't wanna like
make it like this thing. This is like training
him in the environment that it's gonna interact. So throughout the day, just
do a few iterations of this. So he laid down and he relaxed, boom, periodically, he got a treat. Periodically, he got a treat. Then I started to associate
that with a command. You know, some people do
settle or place or whatever.

And now it's kinda like
his default position. It's like his default position. He's out of the crate in the living room, we're sittin' down, what does he wanna do? Just go lie down next to us and chill out. Why, because he has been shaped. He has been conditioned to
whereas that's a positive thing. That's a positive thing. P.S., it doesn't take
very much energy for him to just chill out, to just chill out. Yeah, he could go explore and sniff around and get into things, but the
reaction on the other end isn't really anything that positive.

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It's a no, it's a, hey,
what are you doin'? Get over here, buddy, don't get into that, versus if I just lie here
and chill out, I get a treat. I'm gonna do it. So I think sometimes we
forget how simple it can be. I think people sometimes
overcomplicate dog training. I mean, there's definitely some conflicts, competition, obedience behaviors, that we're nowhere near on that
level in some of the things that I have seen dog trainers accomplish. So good on you. But the basics, at the very root of it, positive results will come
from positive reinforcement, and corrections when the dog doesn't do what you want him or her to do. So you gotta communicate. Don't just stand silent. Because just allowing the
behavior to happen, right, just allowing the behavior to
happen and not saying anything is not necessarily helping. So you gotta communicate. I know there's a lot of
different schools of thoughts on that one, hey, should
you correct your dog? And sometimes the correction is just the absence of the reward, the absence of the reward
or if you're doin' positions or something, sometimes I'll
correct Disney, I'll say no.

And then he goes to the correct position and I'll say yes, voice as
the clicker, shall I say. So don't forget how much
of an effect you can have on the dog, and sometimes
it's a lot simpler. But don't just look at
the results of, or say, let's say the symptoms of bad behavior. Yeah, communications is key in
any relationship, very true. Don't just look at the person being drug down the street by their dog. 'Cause I can almost guarantee
you there's a lot of things that were happening over time that resulted in that behavior.

A lot of things were probably
allowed to just be let go. A lot of things were
allowed to slip through when a correction should have been made or an adjustment should have been made. And now you have a problem that's gonna be a little bit
more difficult to overcome. We've probably heard of the saying where it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks or they're kinda somewhat
stuck in their ways. And it's not that they can't
learn new things, right? They can learn new things. I think someone put a twist on it. They said it's hard to teach
your old dog new things. But if you come in with
fresh eyes as a new person, it's not gonna be as hard for
that external person, right? And a lot of folks volunteer,
I know I volunteer, at maybe your local Humane Society and you help train the dogs and teach them more calming type behaviors and make them more attractive
for adoption, per se.

A lot of those dogs,
some of them, you know, they have different stories, but some of them were given
up for bad behavior maybe, or just a family that just couldn't adjust or didn't wanna train their dog. And then, yeah, they had
that symptom that you see. Okay, the dog's pullin'
someone down the street. But what about the history.
the living conditions, the nature and the characteristics? Yeah, yeah, exactly. Consistency. Consistency comes to mind when it comes to teaching
a dog new tricks. Exactly. So that new person can come
in, handler can come in with that dog that's
been left in the shelter and give them a second chance, because they don't bring
all the baggage, right? They don't bring all the baggage.

They go back to, when you're
thinking about the problem on the end of the leash,
look at the other end. They just go back to the basics. Hey, I wanna get this dog to sit. Hey, if he sits, I'm gonna reward it. If he doesn't, I'm not. Or whatever works for that
particular dog, right? And don't take this to
say, hey, abuse your dog or anything like that. Don't go extreme like that. I'm just talkin' about
at the simplest level, you know, positive
reinforcement, corrections when things don't go as you guided can provide clarity for the dog. And then consistency over
time can build habits. And then, over time,
that'll build a lifestyle where your dog and you can thrive. Not necessarily everything
is tied to the genes. You have a big influence
on a lot of the things that go on in your dog's life and the type of lifestyle
you can have with your dog.

Just remember that this will
be available on the replay on your podcast app of choice. We have new episodes
every other Wednesday. And don't forget to leave us
a comment or a review, rather, wherever it might be
on your app of choice, with regard to your
thoughts on the podcast. Some of these personality traits, getting back to the behaviors, some of these personality traits, calmness, trainability,
sociability, boldness, right? Calmness, right? Not everybody wants a super-calm dog. But you can have an effect on this, right? You can have an effect on this, right? Because in the study, when I'm referencing that university in Hungary study, it's talking about calmness
as being defined as a trait that reflects how reactive a dog is to events occurring around them.

How reactive a dog is to
events occurring around them. So you can help shape this, right? As you slowly build
distractions over time, right? You wanna get a basic behavior down, packed with like nothing going on, right? Before you train outside,
you may wanna train inside. Before you train around other people, you may wanna just train by yourself. Before you train in an
unfamiliar environment, you probably wanna train in a
familiar environment, right? And as you progress and
your dog gets used to more and more stimuli and distractions, you may not have to
start from the same place that another trainer or
handler may have to start, because the dog already
has a foundation, right? They've built some things, right? So they may not have to
start at the same place. But just like children, maybe, right, the things you don't reinforce, you don't go back and review. I'm not gonna say they lose it, but they may not be as sharp. They may not be as sharp. And I did a video the other day on the Dingle Days YouTube channel, please subscribe for new
feature content as always.

But I did a video the other day on distinguishing between the dog sit down and stand commands. Because that was something that
early on we did with Disney in like in his basic level one obedience. And that's a drill that we
haven't really done in awhile. We've been doin' a lot of scent detection, canine nose work around
the house, in the yard, and just workin' on some other things. But I wasn't really
working on that too much and it kinda started to become sloppy. It became sloppy. Does it mean that he
doesn't know what sit is or down or stand? No, it doesn't mean he doesn't know. But these are things that
if you don't review them, especially if you start
to let things go, right? You know, maybe in the
beginning, you just, you reward for taking
his time and sitting, but you don't necessarily not reward if he's not sitting very fast.

Maybe in the beginning you
reward when he lies down, but you don't necessarily
not treat if he like puts his hip out slightly
to the side, right? And then you start talkin'
to some of these handlers and these dog trainers,
and maybe in the beginning they let a lot of that stuff go, because you're trying
to shape the behavior.

But when they say down, they
mean a certain position, right? Exactly. When they say stand, they're not looking
for those paws to move. They're not looking
for those paws to move. Rinse, wash and repeat when
it comes to training our pets. Exactly. Same thing, same thing. So, so many analogies that
are similar to raising things, right, raising things up, trainability, a personality characteristics
of dogs, right? Some dogs are gonna be more
apt to train than others, right, just by breed, right? Some folks cheat.

I'm gonna say they treat. Border Collie owners,
where ya at, where ya at? You get a Border Collie, one, I hope you have a lot of time. 'Cause a very, very active
mind, very, very active mind, but very trainable dogs, very
trainable dogs, very smart. Shepherds, of course. I'm a little biased, I'm a little biased. And there's a lot of
dogs that are up there kinda at the top. And then you have your
other dogs that aren't so just in the genes, per se, in
the breeding app for training. But I think all dogs are trainable. But you may have to work a little harder with some than others, right? You can help shape the
trainability of your dog by just starting some of your
training a little bit earlier, by making training a positive experience and by getting to know your dog. Some of the best things I've
heard from trainers out there is what works for this dog
may not work for that dog.

There's a big Petco, I'm
not gonna say scandal, but like there's a big Petco
conversation going on right now because Petco has recently
basically denounced and banned, and basically called
folks that use E-Collars and things of that nature. They're basically like purely positive is what they're advocating for. And they're basically
associating those techniques with not being purely positive
and puttin' a bad spin on it. And regardless how you feel on the issue, some dogs respond to a
basic leash correction. Some dogs respond to just a
change in your tone of voice. Some dogs respond to a different
type of lead or whatnot. You know, I mean, and it
goes on and on and on and on. And the schools of thought, there's a lot of opinions out there. So this episode is not about that. But, but different things
work for different dogs.

So in order to kind of shape trainability, one, you gotta train, right? You can't tell me your dog's not trainable and you don't really spend
any much time training. What do you know about it? And the other thing is
you gotta know your dog. Because just because it worked for my dog doesn't mean it's gonna work for yours. Sociability, sociability, okay? How a dog interacts with
humans and other dogs in their life. Well, if you want your dog to be able to interact
with humans and other dogs in their life, then you might
wanna get some other humans and dogs in their life. And I'm not saying go
out and buy another dog just for the purpose of
training your dog, right? And within that study, if you go back and read it for yourself, you'll find the dogs that are
housed or live with other dogs are actually more trainable dogs.

But that's definitely not an excuse to go out and get another animal. And there's a lot that
goes with that, right? A little bit of pack mentality. If we go back to the children
analogy, a lot of times, if you have a younger sibling, they do a lot of things much
faster than the older siblings a lot of times 'cause they wanna keep up, or just maybe 'cause they see
it in their lives right there and they're ready to go. Same thing with dogs. If you have a well-behaved
dog, it's not automatic, but it definitely helps
to shape the behavior of the pack, shall I say. Not automatic, but definitely doesn't hurt if you have that training
built in within your household.

So, yeah, bring around those distractions, socialize your dog early and often, and you can avoid some of
the sociability problems that come up later that are
really hard to break through in a fearful dog later on. Dogs don't like to be surprised, right? They don't like to be surprised. So the more things you can
put out in front of them early when they're just curious and
in a controlled environment, and then slowly build up that capacity.

What you want is a confident dog, so confident that they're
not really worried about a lot of these other things. And you're always gonna be
fighting against prey drive, and that's higher in
some dogs than in others. But you can help shape,
right, through the history, through the living conditions,
through the interactions. This is your role. This is where you can help. And lastly, boldness. Basically, it's the opposite of fearful. It goes back to what I was talking about with regard to confidence, right? You can help build boldness
by helping to shape your dog not to be so fearful. And one of the, even when
we talk about humans, one of the things at the
root of fear is the unknown, right, is the unknown. Each dog is very different. And there is a fear of the unknown, right? So the more things from
that sociability aspect that you can get in front of
your dog, especially early, you know, you can help
build some boldness, right? You can help build a
confident dog that's like, hey, there's nothin' to that dog that's walking by right now.

That dog's no threat to me. That dog's no threat to me. That human is no threat to me. That loud noise, no threat to me. That construction site, no threat to me. And I'm not saying, hey, have your dog just go through a bunch
of dangerous situations and don't train them with
proper restraints and stuff like don't go to certain places or don't get into certain things. I'm sayin' a healthy
confidence in your dog helps breed boldness, the
opposite of fearfulness, right? So just think about some of these things that you can have an influence on, just some interesting thoughts. Don't get embarrassed by your dog. Do the work. Don't get embarrassed, just do the work. You can affect the
calmness, the trainability, the sociability and the
boldness of your dog. You can affect the history,
the living conditions, the characteristics and the
influences in your dog's life. If you got somethin' out
of this, leave us a comment down in the YouTube section
and a review on iTunes.

This is the first time that
we're doin' the show live. So a few hookups early in there and we'll just keep doin' this. I think if you like
this, we'll do it again. I definitely thought it was
neat just doin' the show live, and definitely appreciate
the audience out there. But until next time, just
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