Wednesday, August 3, 2011
How Our Dogs Learn From Our Human Behavior
Ever feel like you're being watched? Well, you are! Your dog watches everything you do when you and your dog are together. If you don't believe me, just try eating a sandwich when you think he isn't looking.
Most likely, he will be begging, or staring you down for a bite of that sandwich in no time. The longer your dog has known you, the better he knows you and your habits.
Dogs are like children in the sense that they learn from repetition and reward. Unlike children, it only takes twice, maybe three times to be habit for the dog especially if food is involved. Food is a great motivator in training.
Your dog will know when you go to the kitchen to make food. He will recognize when you are leaving for the day, or a trip. He will know if you are energetic, or even sad. He knows when to beg for food or a treat, to get a response.
He knows what the can opener is for!
Our dogs learn all this by watching our cues. The movement of our arms, the tone of our voices, and our actions, all tell our dogs what is going on in their world. They watch. They learn. They remember. And they respond. What bird hunter, can't say, that he could put on his hunting vest and boots, then pick up his gun and hat and walk out of the house without his bird dog knowing? I know for a fact it can't be done in my house.
There was an interesting study done on how the canine learns and thinks, when it comes to interacting with humans. Science Daily published an article on the subject and you can read that at:
Canine Connection: Study Explores How Dogs Think and Learn About Human Behavior