I think the big thing is house training. People will correct the dog for pottying hours after the fact, and expect the puppy to know what it did. A variation on this is to rub the pup's nose in it. Because they expect puppies to learn the way humans do. And if I rub your nose in your mistake, you are going to be very unlikely to do that again.
To counter this type of training, trainers have to get people to understand that dogs are totally different than humans. So they say they live in the moment, if you don't catch them in the act, you have missed your window of opportunity. This doesn't mean dogs do not remember things, particularly very positive things like where they found chicken bones; or very negative things, like snapping a mouse trap on a counter top. They will make associations that will last with things, smells, sights, body language. To fix the association we want to a specific thing, repeating it in close proximity/close timing makes for the quickest training.
Coming home 3 hours later and finding poop in the house and giving a negative reaction, or coming home 3 hours later and not finding poop in the house and giving a positive reaction is going to be very ineffective training. Particularly when it is usually the negative stuff that we remember to react to, so we are going to give a reaction every time there is poop in the house, but we will forgot the positive -- not that that works anyway: "Oh Fido, what a good boy you are, you didn't poopie in the house." Yeah, Fido thinks the strange lady is happy today, and does not associate his lack of offerings to your mood, he may offer a little urine in his excitement at your happiness.
Do dogs miss people, or are they just happy to see them? I think they do, some worse than others. Some go off food. And you can say, it is just that they are out of sorts because their routine is different. It can be true. We can't crawl up in their brains and know exactly what it is that makes them depressed. But that they suffer from depression or the doggy equivalent when their main person is no longer there, I think is quite common. I think that their capacity to bond with individuals is what has placed them in the position they are in in society. It is not a bond, if there is no effect.
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Last edited by selzer; 07-07-2014 at 11:45 AM.