Do you think you can change your dog’s behavior? While most people are already familiar with professional dog training, there are other ways to change a dog’s behavior.
The truth is that the personality of a human partner has a significant impact on a dog’s behavior. Quite simply, dogs subconsciously borrow certain character traits from their owners.
During the Pandemic
While most dog owners used to leave the house early in the morning to go to work, things have changed dramatically since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dogs accustomed to their owners coming home at night must now adjust to the new normal of reunion.
Dogs are very affectionate animals. They love having their hosts around, playing games and creating a lively atmosphere. However, dog behavior also changed when people started working from home. Instead of waiting excitedly for their owners all day, these dogs are used to their owners being around all the time.
Some dogs find it difficult to adjust to the norm of seeing their owners work from home. Aggressive behavior is also often rewarded by dogs, as people often become moody due to work stress.
As the World Goes Back to Normal
With offices reopening with strict SOPs, many dog owners are now having to go back to their 9-to-5 jobs. After more than a year at the owner’s house during the day, the dog has now had to adjust to being away again. This can lead to severe separation anxiety because the dog doesn’t know when the owner is coming home.
This behavioral change in the owner can affect the dog’s behavior. Dogs prefer to follow a routine, and any disturbance can cause them to become nervous and annoyed. When daily life changes so dramatically, so too can the dog’s behavior.
Dog Behavior and Environment
Many studies have shown that pet behavior is related to the environment the pet is in. This means that animals like dogs often replicate the energy of their owners. Dogs also learn social cues from their owners that help them respond to their environment. For example, if you teach your dog to eat from a bowl, you should practice eating from the bowl in front of him. With behavioral modeling, you can easily influence your pet’s behavior.
An interesting study shows that there is often a correlation between an owner’s personality and a dog’s behavior. During training, dogs with extroverted owners responded better than dogs with introverted owners. Because introverts are shy and less receptive to social interaction, their dogs will accept the same behavioral cues and display introverted qualities
If you want to understand why your dog has been acting shy and reserved lately, you may want to think about your own personality. The truth is that dogs love their owners enough to behave like them for a while.