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A dog knows when he made a mistake...

"un chien sait quand..."

When a person returns home after a day's work and view all the damage that his pet has done in his absence, the latter, very frustrated, can see his dog come to it by adopting a humble attitude and subject because it is aware of the nonsense he did, he knows he has done wrong.

In fact, the dog cannot have this type of reflection, it was not the notion of good and evil. May not make the approximation between this on what it is enabled to break free from the tensions that he lived in the day and upset its owner arrived the evening. Feeling the tension of its owner (by observing his frowns, closed face and pressed look), the dog will opt actually for an attitude of submission but intended only to try to appease him, as he would with another congener coming to assault him.

Misinterpretation will prevent the owner to have the corresponding attitude to his dog attempt to allay his annoyance, and intensify the misunderstanding of the animal.

My dog is a thief !...

"Mon chien est un voleur..."

How many dog owners have not qualified their pet thief when it will be chapardé a bone left in the kitchen, or cakes forgotten on the table, once the back is turned ?

In human reality, it is actually the flight. But in the canine version is a legitimate reaction to the dog: in your presence, the dog will never go take directly on the table laid cakes. You are to him its leader, and without your consent, it will not take this food that he yet well spotted and he would eat well (in the case of a dog properly managed by his master).
On the other hand, if you areaway, and unattended these cakes, knowing that the food is vital for him, he would not hesitate to seize them because, for any dog, you are disinterested and left at his disposal this coveted food.

It is necessary to punish his dog when he fugue...

"Quand il fugue..."

When an owner is anxious (this is legitimate!) do not see return his dog at home (or annoyed because it does not come when he reminds), it will tend to punish him upon his return, so that he understands that he must obey and that it should no longer away.

Fugue for a dog is not at all the same meaning as for a human. For the canine, it will be just an excuse to ride further, allowing it to discover other places, other congeners, other various and attractive rewards. It will be even glad to find his master on his return and will not understand then why one above the answers once income.

Any reprimand will be obviously to be avoided so that the dog does not the association of this discontent and returning (rather than vis-à-vis his getaway, as it asked the owner). The dog eventually return more and more difficult for the fear of having to suffer once again the extreme irritation of his master.

When a dog growls or barks when he is afraid, it is necessary to stroke it to comfort...

"Quand un chien a peur..."

When the dog starts barking or growling because he is afraid, people tend (benevolent to reassure their animal-acting), stroke it, take it in the arm or talk to him gently.

The dog will interpret this reassuring action of its owner as a strengthening of his fear: he is praised because he growls and then will tend to reproduce this behavior, when it will be facing in a future similar situation.
The best is to trivialize this behavior with for simple action to do nothing more. This will help mostly the dog to find the way to adjust to the situation.

 In summary...

All these awkward situations of life with the dog, too based on human criteria by anthropomorphism (tendency to ascribe human characteristics to the dog), eventually preventing any perception of the specific reality of the animal, causing misunderstanding, discomfort and tension (transient or lasting) in dogs.