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How do dogs develop the bad habits that cannot be recalled?

Let’s first take a look at how dogs develop this bad habit. Do you remember when the dog first arrived home? A newborn puppy is very likable. It always likes to follow its owner. As soon as the owner calls its name, or doesn’t even need to call it by name, as long as you look at it in the eye or squat down to wave your hand at it, it will immediately run happily to the owner’s side.

The owner finds it very amusing, so they often call the dog’s name to amuse it. When it comes over, touch its furry little head, but more often he doesn’t do anything, just let it run to his own side look at it and feel happy.

The brief “honeymoon period” quickly passed, and the dog began to cause trouble from time to time: urinating on the carpet, biting into household clothes, stealing various things… Every time the owner found “evidence”, they would shout their dog’s name, waiting for it to come and scold it.

From then on, dogs no longer foolishly ran over as they used to. Whenever their owner called their name, they would immediately run over happily. Instead, they learned to “observe the owner’s behavior”: if their owner called their name with an angry expression, they would hide under the table with their tail between them to avoid being beaten again. Of course, as long as the owner is not angry, it is still willing to listen to the owner’s call.

At the age when one can go out, the owner starts taking the dog for a walk outdoors. Grass, flowers, butterflies, kittens, dog companions… The outside world is so exciting and interesting for first-time dogs, they linger on the lawn and forget to leave.

At this point, the owner called its name. It quickly ran to its owner. Unexpectedly, the owner immediately tied a dog leash to it, pulled it away from the lawn, and went home. The clever dog quickly realized that every time he obeyed his master’s call and returned to him, the good thing of playing outside immediately ended. So the next time the owner calls again, it just looks up at the owner from a distance. When it found its owner still standing in place, it pretended not to hear and lowered its head to continue playing.

And the owner noticed that the dog, who usually comes over as soon as he calls, had no response this time. He thought he didn’t hear him, so he raised the voice and continued to call the dog’s name. This time, the dog didn’t even bother to lift its head. Because it knows its owner is still waiting for it when it hears their voice, so it confidently continues to play.

The owner was a bit angry, so he shouted the dog’s name while running towards it, trying to catch it. The playful dog thought that its owner had come to play a “chasing game” with him, so he mischievously ran towards the distance to make his owner keep chasing him.

Now, when a dog hears its owner call its name, it knows that it is “playing a game” with itself. So, the louder the owner shouted, the happier the dog ran. That’s it, not long after, the dog developed a bad habit that cannot be recalled!

To achieve good training results, one must follow the nature of the dog. Dogs always strive to make good things start and bad things end. They prevent good things from ending and bad things from starting.

When a dog gradually realizes that it has followed its master’s call, it either ends up with “good things” – stops playing, or “bad things start” – gets beaten and punished, and of course, it will no longer listen to the call.

When the dog ignores its owner’s call, it receives “good things continue” – it can continue to play, or “good things begin” – and the owner comes to play chase games with themselves. As a result, this behavior is reinforced.

Therefore, in order for the dog to obediently return after hearing the owner’s call, the key is that the owner can make the dog feel “good things are about to start” at any time after calling the dog, and never let “bad things start” after calling. If you really can’t help but beat and scold your dog, you should at least walk up to it and punish it yourself, instead of sitting in the distance and calling it to come and beat it up.

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