Do Dogs Really not Know...?
Everything I have read, and have followed, says that after a dog has done something (for example, chewing up the couch when you're gone), it's pointless to punish them when you find it, because they won't know why you're puninshing them.
However, Aiden chews up the couch all the time. I have not punished him for it, except for when I caught him chewing on it. Same with him peeing in the house.
Every day I come home to the couch chewed up or a giant pee puddle in the floor, he runs away from me like I'm an axe murderer. He has no reason to be afraid of me, because I have never yelled at him, spanked him, rubbed his nose in the couch foam/pee, etc. I just bite my tongue and clean it up and ignore him.
What are your thoughts? Do dogs really not know why they're in trouble if you punish them after the fact? (I wouldn't do it, but I'm curious what you guys think).
Ozzy - Chocolate Pom
-Fastest 2012/2013 U-FLI Pomeranian
"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog."