I came from an abusive background and in my community beating children was accepted (spare the rod, spoil the child). It can cause sedation and grogginess in some dogs though which may be the change in behavior. I’ve never hit or beaten a dog. It’s not easy caring for dogs, because we speak and entirely different language. It all started when he came and she left. Q: I never hit or swat or even yell at my dog. Dogs and cats aren't big on specific traumatic memories unless they're really dangerous or reinforced (if you amputated a pet's paw yourself, it might learn to be afraid of you, or if there's one person in the house who's consistently cruel to the pet… I go for long walks on my own when I’m having a rough day. I always feel validated and supported. He has a podcast too. The Warning. Copyright© 2011-2020 Kimberly Gauthier. My dog is a teacup yorkie and he is 4 years old. One of my most popular blog posts deals with this same topic. And, ask yourself, do you want your dog to obey you out of fear? Further still, I was usually the scapegoat between all the siblings; if my parents had “kick the dog” syndrome, I was the dog. My husbands friend leaves soon after. Depending if your female or male, just strip down and call your dog over. A dog’s change in personality could be due to stress or health. When I accidentally step on or slam something into my dog, he barely seem to notice. I’m seeing now this is far from the truth aND has caused my dog to lose trust in me. I hit her once (beyond a very gentle hey, listen to my voice poke on the shoulder or scooch slap on the rump). Our other dog was prescribed to take 250 mg … Positive reinforcement not only keeps my dogs happy and healthy, it keeps me from feeling like a monster. I have a 4 month female old cattle dog that I’ve been trying to train. And definitely work with a positive based trainer. How you choose to raise your dog really is your business. If you’re punching, kicking, and throwing your dog – then it’s time for you to take a break and work on your anger issues. See Thoughts on Force Training from a Dog Trainer below. I wanted Rodrigo and Sydney to know that they didn’t have to fear me. Hi there. The first step, of course, is to stay calm. Does Your Dog Hate You? Just say sorry and pet on the head, not on the underside(that's important) and let it go. It’s a learning curve and you are so right about our desire to apply human behavior to a canine situation. He came over to talk to me and then said it’s hot, I’ll drive you back to the house. That wouldn’t have been the case three years ago. And the stupidest thing of all is that the Internet is the only person who knows any of this. You feel like he hates you for just breathing around him, and well, there’s the possibility that he … As an owner, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt your dog intentionally. Generally, if your dog eats a small number of onions, he will probably be fine. We’re already beating ourselves up, then to have others judge us too is even more difficult to take. It sounds so cliche, but it works. I have learned A LOT in the last few years how wrong this was. He was under my skin. Therapy helped me understand my trigger so that I could move past them. I have lost my temper several times and hit her. I’m in control. Thank you!!! That is okay with me. Negative reinforcement is actually rewarding just like positive reinforcement. My sister has always accidentally stepped on him before. She understands me and knows how to make me feel better. It’s never too late. The agent in onions that is toxic to dogs is known as N-propyl disulfide or thiosulfate. I think it is quite possible if your sister accidentally stepped on him that she is not his favorite, yes. Independent Contractor. I have a very difficult dog, obedience wise. 7 Things You Do That Hurt Your Dog – And Have to Stop! We were sitting in the back row, so it … I sat on the floor with him on my lap still in the towel and slowed down my energy and started scratching his head. I’ve tried treats and everything too. He can still be aggressive in the right circumstances (we don't go to the dog park), but his reactivity and roaming have decreased significantly. He was 12 and he had gotten heart problems. And I admire all the dedication you’ve put in to continually learning about dog behavior – it really makes training easier when you understand the “why” rather than just the “how.”. I spanked him twice on his rump saying bad bad dog, took him inside and placed him in his playroom where he had to stay for a good fifteen minutes. For more details, visit the Affiliate Disclosure page. Just like it can calm our dogs down; it helps us too. The smell of my vagina would make him go crazy. Humans will lie, while animals may lash out and cause harm. Some people just look shady. My wife has left to pursue a new career and we got a new roommate. And, no, that's NOT your dog's guilty face. Eventually, he broke up with me. She is my love, and I hurt her. She stumbled a few steps and lie down. I was losing everything and I knew I needed help. All of this is completely deserved. My heart is breaking right now. The other lays on her back when my I raise my voice or show impatience toward them. Then I decided to take him to my vet to put him to sleep instead. The owner thinks problem solved – no more pulling. All things worked temporarily. Chakras are the energy centers located in a physical body. It was intoxicating to feel like a pinch of salt dissolved in his black, turbulent seas. And that was enough for him to lick me. According to a veterinary study in Colorado, incidences of marijuana … Not that I grew up in an abusive household but I did grow up in one where spanking or swatting a dog for something they did was “bad” such as when they peed in the house – swatting them on the rump then rubbing their nose in it (HUH?) Instead, I chose to allow controlled exposure to cyclists and joggers by walking him in areas where there are separate walking and cycling paths. Compulsive/force techniques can also cause fear issues resulting in a dog “shutting down.” When a dog shuts down, they'll stop moving and become very still. You didn't do it right but there still are ways to make up her mind. As Damien shared, a dog who is afraid to move is incredibly sad. When people walk past the house late at night, and he is barking at them, and they tell him to shut up, I get so angry because he's my baby. This is my dog of nearly 4 years, a dog that would come to meet me … It's been 2 days now and he is still behaving like this. I think the biggest thing I have learned is that many of the behaviors that dogs exhibit which humans consider “bad” is just what dogs consider “normal” for them or what they need. I am actually quite open about the fact that I could use a therapist, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m too self-loathing to bother. I found him on the street and now he has been with me. And i didnt do it HARD HARD so it will hurt, when i said i humped hard i meant humped with "passion". And I know the patience and love has paid off. Most dog owners have walked into a room to find our favorite slippers chewed up. This is so heartfelt and honest. While neither my husband or I were eager to jump into the water, we were willing to for our pup, but we quickly realized our best hope was that we started upstream enough that we could maneuver to the tangle and grab her, then let the stream take us out to the ocean. Whenever I was sad he would come over and distract me from it. Eventually the dog had enough of humping me so he got off the bed and ran out of my room. Due to years of wearing what's essentially a … I have a friend with a similarly willful dog who does chose to smack and use a shock collar, and while her dog is more obedient in some ways, like with “stay,” it is certainly a more poorly behaved dog…peeing/pooing in inappropriate places, never obeying the “come” command, and generally appearing to be a high anxiety dog. He never kicked the ball again though. Animals, children, as well as adults, connect [that] good things happen when you do good things. No dog deserves to be beaten by the person they love and trust – what if she’s sick? He is not biting you out of meanness. DakotaSouthFive. I try not to judge people who use aversive training methods, but I can’t help but wonder if they want their dogs to behave out of fear or love? I was easily able to get him to calm down and he gave her cuddles instead of lashing out, but if a person who never physically corrects their dog can react that way under stress, how will a person who does use that method react? We knew she was very timid, and especially around males. My husband felt he was pushed into having a dog and was always a tension about the cost of treatments and the impact on the family. After crying out in pain, he slinked away and wouldn't come to me when I called him. I think diet is a part of this change; consistent, positive based training is a bigger part of this change in his behavior. He hit the hardwood floor in my kitchen very hard and was paralyzed for 20 minutes. The quiz below is designed to tell you if your dog hates you, it is just all in your mind, or are they … We all hate seeing our pets in pain. Today, a group of us were playing in the snow, amongst other dogs, and my 4 year old niece fell down next to my already playing dog. That night, I slept with the dogs. I'm sorry doggo. These injection tips are definitely a pet owner’s lifesaver. So we all can make mistakes, but I don’t see any reason for repeatedly lashing out at a creature that loves you. I feel so bad at doing it ,and of course now that I look at everything in retrospect it was normal alpha behaviour. They told me that God expected me to just switch off my heart and my brain and move on… That’s not faith. A few months ago, Rodrigo decided he was going to eat Scout’s dinner and I stepped him and made him back off – he started growling and bit Scout. When you accidentally … My mother allows him to bite, growl, lunge, and run after … Now he runs from me any time I make a sudden move, or move towards him. I turns me on like crazy the contrast between the two men. My boy had a scar on his tongue until he died 10 years later. What people really mean to say is “negative punishment” and “positive punishment.” Yes, the word “positive” can mean a bad thing too. Did he understand? And i didnt do it HARD HARD so it will hurt, when i said i humped hard i meant humped with "passion". Again, I don't get angry. Another thing they lie to my younger Sister saying they have to have three . I would be embarrassed to have to admit to family and friends that the best thing would be for my dogs to go to a different, more patient home, even though deep down I feel that to be true. Rodrigo is our alpha dog and continues to bully the other dogs and it’s painful at times because I want to make him stop. You must also stay calm, getting nervous or shocked will pass the energy on to the dog… well anyways i didnt hurt the dog, and it was just dry humping. It felt great! But I feel like my patience has been so warn by this and the damage I have caused is irreparable. #donthityourdog #keepthetailwagging”]. A trainer at the time told me we spend too much time telling our dogs what not to do and not telling them what to do – that changed the way I train my dogs. I have intellectualized my past so as to get over it, but now that I have dogs I find myself suffering with them as you described. Last spring, I decided to train him to do something different. Today, I accidentally dropped my female, 2 month 27 day old dachshund/chihuahua/terrier puppy on hardwood floor from about 3 feet off the ground on her head/back. Dog bites are common, and more than 4.5 million people in the US suffer from dog bites each year. It has become very bad. Here’s more details: https://keepthetailwagging.com/communicating-with-a-reactive-dog-woowooweek/. But how do I fix it. He started to walk again eventually but was wobbly so I took him to the … She took one ride with my daughter to puppy play last year and came home very upset and now she shakes, cries and get very upset car riding. He was furious that she had a house accident (she took a long time to housebreak, and the blame is fully on me and my inexperience with training) and he hadn’t slept in about 2 days due to work. But as a clumsy person who is often carrying a leash, handbag, gym bag, keys, coffee and wearing heels, on the rare occasion I step on my dog’s toe. If you doubt this, place a favorite treat out of their reach and leave the room. Fidose of Reality, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Sometimes a dog's … My husband is a very gentle person, but I actually stepped between him and the pup once when it was obvious he was going to lash out. I treat my puppy like a fragile china teacup and like so many people humanise our dogs, saw this situation from a human perspective and wanted to punish the “bully”. I just reacted, and backhanded her hard while she was landing from the jump, resulting in her striking her head on the coffee table. She loved playing with our kids and chasing the cows at the ranch we live on. If Rodrigo runs away and I hit him when he finally comes home – I'm teaching him not to come home, because he's going to be hurt. Reviewed for accuracy on August 26, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM “My dog ate weed—now what?” You’re not alone in asking this question. But I’m seriously so anxious and sad just as I know my loving dog is. Trusting that even at your worst, they will treat you as if your at your best. Dogs can't tell us that they're not feeling well, so we need to take cues from their appearance and behavior. He didn’t make a sound and when I let him out we acted as if nothing had happened. He bit me to the bone on my index finger, but I wanted to go ahead and work with him because I didn’t want to have to take him out again. Unfortunately, I’m not a dog trainer, but a great trainer to follow who may have an answer is Fernando Camacho; check out his Facebook group. When I call him, he comes running, because he knows that he’s going to get a ton of love and praise. My mother allows him to bite, growl, lunge, and run after people (small children included) and almost got hit by a car four times, and has gotten kicked and nearly pepper sprayed because of this behavior. She's great!" This isn’t the end of your relationship and doesn’t mean that your dog has turned into an aggressive killer. My dog is a teacup yorkie and he is 4 years old. I was asleep on the couch not feeling well with one of my cats sleeping on me. My friend’s dog also chooses me, rather than my friend. #donthityourdog #keepthetailwagging”]. He yelped, and was shaking for quite a long time after. Case in point – I have two Beagles, one of which (Shiloh) I always said he considers himself to be God’s gift to the hunter. When I switched our dogs to a species appropriate diet of raw food, I noticed a change in Rodrigo's behavior. If you think he is having difficulty breathing, worsening symptoms, or is unable to walk I would take him to a veterinary ER. Raw Feeding 101 - Learn to Transition Your Dog to Raw Dog Food. Instead of chasing the bicycles, I trained him to come to me when he sees a bicycle. He can't even get near her. Thanks so much for all of this, Kimberly. Instead, when he turns to look at me, I reward him with praise and love. Although I don’t believe that hitting dogs should be part of dog training, I know that there are many people out there who disagree with me. This one time it was very late ( like 11:45 pm) and he wanted to go out for a walk, i took him out. No shouting. “I accidentally broke my dog's food bowl and he probably hates me now. If you have an issue that requires immediate (or faster) resolution, I highly encourage you to reach out to a reputable, positive based dog trainer. She is about 14lbs. He can see the cyclists; he can get excited and bark, but he doesn't lunge, because of the 50′ (or more) distance). I LOVE THAT STORY! Just now I put food in his bowl and left it on the counter. He yelped and when I came out of the bathroom I picked him up and put him back by me and pet him, said I was sorry, crying from that and being sick. It helps me let things go and move on. [Tweet “Dogs learn by associating two things that happen closely together. I know he enjoyed it. I’ve smacked them a couple times, but more often find myself grabbing their scruffs or sometimes snouts to scold them, often for minor offences, knowing damn well that they usually have no idea what I’m communicating and that I’m only gratifying my deep-seated anger issues by being tough with them. If your dog bites you because you scared him, then you need to build trust in the relationship. In my home, I’m top dog. Our adult kids often call the shots with regards to their relationships with us. One of the first days she peed almost 40 times in the house. There is something called a pack order in dog behavior, and right now - your dog … I added this section after reading a comment about a dog's change in behavior that made me wonder if a health issue was the cause. I have literally cleaned up pee every single day for more than 8 weeks in my house and I’m at my wits end. Yes, it's frustrating. Since then, Rodrigo has shown his possessive side, and I’ve learned to have a commanding presence in my pack, and I can now read our dogs’ body language. Negative punishment is removing something the dog likes, and positive punishment is giving the dog something it dislikes. When my pup has the choice between hanging out with me or doing pretty much anything else, she chooses me. He started off slowly, and I let him. I suggest you look into rehoming your dog. Even bought a … read more. He wouldn’t lay down and had difficulty breathing so we took him to the vet today. My son accidentally gave my 65 pound dog the wrong medication. When I say come, he spins around on a dime and comes as quickly as he can. But now find myself constantly angry with them and unable to control my temper even though they are very sweet dogs who sometimes won’t listen/come and sometimes show basic anxiety with inappropriate chewing. Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger and Raw Feeder in Marysville, Washington, https://keepthetailwagging.com/communicating-with-a-reactive-dog-woowooweek/, https://www.facebook.com/groups/808764772485870/, Why December is the Best Time to Buy Essential Oils. He gives me tools and perspectives that have made a big difference in my overall happiness." I hope he … Please do not use content from this blog in place of veterinarian care. I ran out the front door yelling don’t move the car and calling Kirby. She won’t come when I call her now and when she finally does she pees. I do not offer coaching or consultations; the most I can do is share my personal experience. ( I had 3 cats all adopted together, they are 12 yrs. Well, I got a big awaking from my vet he told me hes your dog now … Community Answer Make sure he knows it isn't true (if that's what you want,) and continue being friends. No matter how close you are to your dogs, sometimes the unexpected can happen and your dog bites you. I also have a relationship with Darwin’s Natural Pet Products as a customer; please note that Darwin’s Pet does not provide free food for my pets. All of my dogs know this and I love that I can provide them with this security. My two and a half year old little pit bull mix is very loving and sweet. I’m there with you in that I repeatedly replayed my situation over and over. Check out the latest breaking news videos and viral videos covering showbiz, sport, fashion, technology, and more from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Raising dogs is a learning process because we don’t speak “dog,” and you have shown that patience wins out every time. Now that we've looked at some of the possible culprits to what is causing your adult son to feel hated toward you let's look at a handful of remedies. They react rather than act. But it's particularly upsetting when it's your own dog that bit you. And the harm an onion can cause a canine goes well beyond bad breath — it can even be life-threatening. I too was raised in an environment that was arguably abusive. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. He hates us I am upset, He was so happy here all day and now he hates us btw, I wont be handing the puppy to the kids any more, that was kinda dumb of me… Mutual preening is an important part of a parrot’s relationship with other birds. An example: Removing a stimulus that the dog dislikes, like the mailman. Faith is a conversation that is willingly transparent, trusting the other person is not going to turn away. After about an hour, he was back to normal. If he was in my fenced backyard and he either saw something or caught a scent of something on the OTHER side of the fence then under the fence he would go. If you love dogs, you’ve come to the right blog. Is It Bad If My Dog Ate Onions? Hopefully it’s not too late. There are a few ways you can tell if a dog feels uncomfortable around you or just doesn't like you very much. It allows for reasoning. Fidose of Reality. Twitter. Just love your dog and build that trust and reward everything, no matter how small, that your dog does that makes you happy and that’s how your dog will understand what to do. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Positive reinforcement works with the heart(the ability to love and be loved) and crown (reasoning abilities) chakras. Some people look frightening to certain dogs. She has gotten better. I once swatted Faolan’s nose out of frustration, and felt broken inside afterwards. I just adopted a stray dog. As Victoria Stilwell teaches, it breaks a dog’s spirit. I suffered from depression for more than twenty years; therapy and the love of my dogs were the only things that helped me reach the other side so I couldn't imagine hurting them. All dogs are products of their own experiences and since they cannot tell us about those experiences, we can only guess. If I tap my dog on the nose with 1 finger when I'm mad and he knows he did something wrong, he acts like I just smashed a baseball bat into his face and like I'm going to follow it up by taking him to my torture dungeon for a few weeks. Without thinking, I slapped him on the nose and shouted “NO!”. However, the dog makes a different connection. Now, when he sees a cyclist, he looks to me as in “hey, do you see it too?” And I happily say, “yes!!!!”. I don’t hate you or your comment. I told her "no". Rodrigo and Sydney have lashed out at the puppies many times. I feel that we are kindred spirits. Your dog doesn't react, because he thinks the narcissist cares for him, the same way that you do. Rodrigo had a possessive streak back then and bit Sydney to get her rawhide, broke the skin of her ear. I grabbed him by the scruff and walked him to time out and made him stay there until Scout finished eating – which was a little longer than normal since he was freaked out. "Alisha is great, she's really helped me through this tough time in my life and with my anger issues. Love this post, such a great and honest outpouring. He will move when he sees me coming or if I corner him and try to pet him, he puts his tail between his legs and cower. Now let’s look at why men ignore women. Twitter. My Dog Bit Me — Now What? Dr. Michele K. DVM. I was in the living room when I heard Doug yelling Kirby’s name. When Rodrigo returns, I reward him for the return. I know it’s wrong and i should never do it. I was playing around with them and I got some dog hair clips I had from my previous dog. I was livid and upset for my dog. I know I pushed him into a dog because of their importance to me. Did the spanking break his spirit? I am not a veterinarian, canine/animal nutritionist, or dog trainer. He is trying to play. They took 3 but would not take the 4th one. If Rodrigo lunges at cyclists, and I hit him – he'll start developing anxiety, because cyclists now equal pain and anger (whenever we see a bicycle, he's going to be hurt). He was with me thru thin and thick. We have good stretches in between, but sometimes I just lose it and those moments might be starting to define our relationship. I am female and would just lay on my back with my legs spread wide open. So, it is important to understand that negative does not mean “bad” and positive does not mean “good”, it just means “minus” and “plus”. But I still see him and Diva Shasta (who will follow her big brother anywhere) sniffing around the fenceline so the rebar will stay put – not just for them but for any other wandering Beagle who might come along. On top of that, my family had little regard for animals. Due to the personal nature of my blog, I do not accept guest posts nor do I participate in link exchanges, paid or otherwise. Actually the definition of negative reinforcement is used incorrectly here. I have never been so terrified as those minutes when I held her and tried to check her over while telling and showing her how sorry I was. After this outcome repeats several times, the once friendly prong collar dog learns that other dogs cause pain. There’s no one to turn to. I caught her chewing some electrical cords plugged into the wall, so I scolded her. I know he enjoyed it. I would be so embarrassed if somebody actually saw me treating my dogs as I’ve done on occasion. What should I do? Dogs are very forgiving, but they do not forget. Once he matched my relaxed energy, it was clear to me that he trusted me. My dog will come back if he is close and there are no distractions. Thank you for sharing it with me. 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