Call me crazy but i do yell at Roxy alot. If i get so mad at her i yell at her if she was the mean girl at school and i just wanted to set her straight. Im constantly find my self calling her a B****... I guess i go overboard with my words. But do you guys think it really even has an effect on her..to make her understand she has done something bad and to stop that bad habbit...or am i just phsyco and need to get a life. How does this verbal abuse effect a dog?
I don't know, but I have a girlfriend that does her pom the same way. Only this little dog will fuss back at her. When she hollers at her or calls her names this dog will bark and just fuss right back. Its really cute, but probably not a good thing to do.
Might be out on a limb here but do you REALLY mean it when you use those PG-13 words?? I've used words in the past while confronting/punishing my doggies that would make an angry truck driver in a snowstorm cringe and learn some new uses. For me yelling never worked..it was all about my tone of voice, eye contact and consistency.
On a more personal note. If my dog really had me overwhelmed on a bad day(half my fault usually..lol) I would ask him, in a loving and caring manner if he wanted to go for a ride to the vets and be put to sleep. He always wagged his tale and looked for the keys..go figure.
I agree with Icy Hound- its in the tone. I say stupid things like "triangle head" to just calling him swear words- but I never do it as a mad thing, only as a stupid nick-name thing and say it all in the same voice people talk to babies in- his tail just keeps on wagging his butt. :-)
***Edited By: Teloulou420 on 6/14/2005 10:20:12 AM*** Reason: Oops
When my dogs are headed out to play, I have one that always has to be a stinker and comes back in and causes trouble while I'm taking the others out. I tell her "out" and firmly and she just spins around everytime and says "whoo, hooo, hooo" and runs out the door. She's pretty mouthy!
I think it's the tone you use-not the words (when it comes to "verbal abuse"). Duke knows he's in trouble if I start to raise my voice, and he knows he's a good dog when I use a normal voice with him. I do yell my commands out for agility, but he knows that it's just what I do.
I do believe constant yelling does impact the dog. I have a one year old and when she was a puppy you could have yelled at her all day long and she would have ignored you. My last female doberman was yelled at constantly by the breeder and I saw her cowl when ever I tried to correct her.
I since then try to do everything I do with my dogs with love and tenderness. Every now and then a stiff correction is required. Now that my puppy is 13 months old I am seeing a difference in her, she does not ignore me as much when she does not like what I am telling her. Growing up I did exert my authority letting her know where she stood in the pecking order, however, I always ended each session with fun and love and it is now starting to pay off as she is maturing.
yelling at a dog.can impact the dogs personaility. decreasing it's drive to do things, may cause the dogs nervousness. also, and the most important i think, the dog will relate yelling with you. I do get a stern a voice and do scold my dogs from time to time. but be judicial sbout it and do it with some methos not just out of fustration.
Roxy,If you yell at a Pyr, you're going to get nowhere in training. They are stubborn and independant to begin with. If you yell, they will learn to do as many kids do with parents who yell, simply tune you out and decide not to bother to do anything to please you at all.
Then again as the other posters have said, I agree it's the tone of voice not so much the word or words. Unless it's repeated everytime the dog does something "wrong". We know that word repetition associated with certain behaviors is how we train our pets.
All in all, I (personally) think that yelling is not only stressful to both pet and owner, it is counterproductive in obtaining desirable results.
Remember, as a child it takes humans many attempts to get things "right" over an extended period of time. Your pup is growing and learning. Relax and enjoy each other, learn to laugh. Good luck and can't wait to see your new Pyr pup!
The only time I yell at Logan, is when he is in the litter box, having a "snack". I sneak up on him and curse at him, with all my Brooklyn NY might! He looks so shoked, drops the "snack" and puts his ears down, as well as his head. Pretty cute to see, I have to remind my self that I am mad at him....but otherwise, when he doesnt obey the command, Ill say it a few times, then I will growl the command...he gets the point.
I really try not to use alot of words, swear or not, when I yell at him, because I want him to associate the "bad dog! or whatever I say to him in Russian (my primitve vocabulary), with him misbehaving. So I use the KISS idea. (keep it simple stupid) Worked for me, now even when I say bad dog, and dont yell....he gets the point.