Dogs are such wonderfully complex creatures. Like humans, we know that dogs can experience anxiety, fear, and joy. What dogs are not, however, are small people with exactly the same gamut of emotions, intentions and deliberations as their owners. Many of us inappropriately attribute complicated human emotions to our canine companions (called anthropomorphism), and this can result in a misinterpretation of Fido’s signals.
Below are some of the canine misunderstandings I regularly hear from clients. By understanding the true motivation for Fido’s behaviors, it may help us address the issue more effectively and safely!