Does Your Puppy/Dog Ever Show Remorse After a Correcton?
Does Your Puppy/Dog Ever Show Remorse? Yesterday was the first time my puppy seemed to express remorse. I read her expression/reaction as "OH CRAP! I DID SOMETHING BAD!"
My puppy, Cassie, is into her 5th month now. Most of the time, I think my verbal corrections are just taken as "nagging" and that she seems to tune me out. (especially when she is hyper and ignores the "off" command and my giving her a knee). I never seem to catch a moment to clearly reward her for complying with commands to not jump on me or to stop chewing on me.
Yesterday evening was the first time I actually noticed any reaction of remorse on her part. We had just come back from a 30-minute + walk around the neighborhood (for the most part, she was well behaved during the walk and received treats for following various commands). I prepared her dinner (dry food + rotisserie chicken chunks) I served it to her in the kitchen and then turned my back and left her for a minute, while I left the kitchen for a minute to give my cat her bowl of chicken.
When I came back a minute later, Cassie had knocked the chicken off the kitchen counter and onto the floor. Instead of "Leave It", I just spontaneously yelled "BAD DOG". What a reaction on her part. It was like "Oh CRAP, I'M IN TROUBLE NOW". I'd never received an obvious reaction of remorse before.
I know it's ultimately my fault for letting my guard down for even a minute, with the chicken. That was the first time I ever said "bad dog". I guess something about the tone of my voice caused her to react (and perhaps my expression). I've definitely been stern, when giving her the "off" and "leave it" commands over and over again. This is the first time I've gotten a quick halt with bad behavior and a reaction that indicated she was aware of her bad behavior.
I find it easy to give treats and positive reinforcement with commands like "sit", "down", "shake", "stay" and "heel". It hasn't been easy to appropriately reinforce "leave it" or "off", when she is hyper and won't comply. I can't reward her with treats or cheerful words or petting, if her behavior isn't reward worthy.
I'm left wondering if she has been tuning me out and just interpreting my "leave it" or "off" as nagging. Maybe I need to incorporate "bad dog" with the "leave it" and "off" commands.
Does your dog ever show signs that they know they did something wrong, after a verbal correction?