Dogs mess up, just like people sometimes do. They don’t mean any harm by it and they need gentle care and training to be able to learn effectively. The golden rule when your dog messes up, is naughty or makes a mistake is to never yell at them.
It’s a fair human instinct to respond in an angry way if something annoys you, but shouting at your dog is never the right way to act. Instead, a gentle approach will help your dog learn to be well behaved.
Shouting at your dog is part of ‘punishment-based training’, and is proven among experts to have adverse effects, from interfering with the efficient training of your pet to making them feel fearful ad or anxious.
What happens if you yell at your dog?
Yelling at your dog may actually have the opposite effect to what you want to achieve. When you shout at your dog they can feel stressed and experience fear. In the long term, with ongoing punishment and shouting, dogs can end up going in to a state of depression.
After shouting, your dog may react by stopping the action that made you angry, so this can mislead you into thinking the shouting was effective. But shouting doesn’t get any kind of point across on how the dog should act. They have momentarily stopped doing the wrong action, but they haven’t learned not to do it again.
When dogs respond to shouting by pausing and looking at you, it’s just their immediate reaction and nothing more. Shouting at your dog is counterproductive. Dogs do not comprehend things in a way like we do when it comes to making the connection between what they did that was wrong or annoyed you and know not to do it again.
He will simply feel confused. If you’re using language to shout at your dog for his mistake, he won’t understand what you are saying. Dogs don’t speak English. They only understand the commands you teach them, body language and energy. This renders shouting at your dog completely purposeless.
Yelling is also counterproductive for training. A stressed dog may mean that there are setbacks when it comes to training and learning new things. Shouting at your dog is especially bad in the puppy stage when your dog is absorbing most of his information that will be used later on and throughout his adult life, as it can cause confusion and in him having an unhealthy fear of you and or other people.
What do dogs think when you yell at them?
Every dog is unique and some are more sensitive to anger than others. But even the toughest, strong willed or most dominant dog will experience fear and confusion when they are yelled at by their owner. Dogs can feel a spectrum of negative emotions, from confusion to fright to guilt and sadness.
Can dogs sense when you are angry?
Dogs are incredibly aware. They will know when you are angry as they have the ability to sense things on a deeper level in regards to energy. Dogs know when they’re in trouble, so this should be used as an opportunity to put a positive spin on the incident and teach them with patience and positive energy/positive reinforcement.
Do dogs understand when you yell at them?
Dogs understand that there is negative energy when you raise your voice at them and they are frightened by this. They do not understand language that they are not taught and will therefore not understand shouting and screaming random words.
They will certainly not comprehend the right thing to do, because yelling is not teaching. Your dog may very well act up again in exactly the same way, because they have not understood the meaning of your shouting.
I yelled at my dog, will he forgive me?
Often we can shout or exclaim in reaction to something. As long as this behavior and interaction with your dog is not consistent, it shouldn’t cause permanent fright or depression. Dogs do remember when things happen like being yelled at, they do not get over trauma quickly.
However, they are very forgiving animals with a lot of love to give. If it doesn’t cause harm to the dog then it shouldn’t be a problem. Body language, energy and tone is extremely important when communicating with your dog. It is the way they understand good vs bad, being told off vs getting praise.
What should you do instead of yelling at your dog?
Reward based training is far more productive for dogs. Rewarding good behavior instead of punishing bad behavior to help dogs understand what to do, and in turn will learn what not to do.
If your dog is always jumping up, teach him to stay down rather than yelling at him for making a mistake. Use your dog’s name in positive situations only, never use your dog’s name as punishment or shout it with anger.
Dogs give so much love to their owners, so they deserve love in return. They are incredible companions but they are sensitive to our energy, voices and mannerisms. If we yell at our dogs they can become confused in the short term and depressed in the long term.
It’s simply not worth ever yelling at your dog, so be mindful of this, be a responsible owner and treat your dog with kindness, patience, as well as with calm and assertive energy at all times when your training and spending time with/ bonding with him.