Shouting at Your Dog Doesn’t Work

He responds to reward

I just want to pick him up and shake him!"

Not my words, those of a red-faced man with a furrowed brow and exasperated tone.


Furious, the fellow dog walker continued to wail and screech. No doubt, Scamp heard him — everyone did — but who would hurry to a man like that?

I’ve seen similar scenarios repeatedly. People don’t grasp that their canine pals aren’t keen to return to angry folk.

Even worse, dog owners often scold their furry companions, who are slow to respond to commands, the moment they arrive at their side.

Their hounds learn that to return to an angry owner is bad; terrible, and they might get walloped or screamed at so they may as well dillydally elsewhere.

It’s best to reward your dog when he does what you ask; even if he takes a while to obey your command.

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Waiting for praise (Drawn by author)

I often think the frustration experienced by folks when their canine companions don’t behave perfectly is exaggerated.

After all, you wouldn’t get away with shouting viciously at your spouse if he accidentally trailed a smattering of mud on his boots into the kitchen, or did not hand over the remote the second you asked him to pass it to you.

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Give me the remote! (Drawn by author)

Like us, dogs respond best to positivity. Nobody wants to be around angry folk who threaten them.

Nature Lover, Former Mental Health Professional, Writer

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