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  • Writer's pictureHelen Richardson

"What you pet is what you get"

This is a popular saying among dog trainers and something that all dog owners want to keep in mind.

If a human is upset it is natural to want to give them some comfort through touch. A big hug or calming presence of a hand on our shoulder can do wonders to help us calm down.

This is not how dogs interpret that same kind of affection.

A loving pet or pat while your dog is practicing any difficult behavior (barking, lunging, growling) or emotion (sad, scared, angry) is only going to increase the intensity and/or the frequency of the reaction.

A pet to a dog means that you agree with them. So be careful to pet a dog doing behaviors that you like and with a state of mind/emotions that you also like.

That can go a long way to showing your dog that is good to be calm, happy and relaxed.


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