It is a universal norm that all of us want to feel safe and protected. This is true for humans and animals alike. That is why humans started to group into tribes, communities, cities, and countries. Our dog’s ancestors, the wolves, grouped into packs. We all remember the old saying, “There is safety in numbers”. We do what is necessary to feel safe.
As humans, we may lock our doors, keep the light on at night, or not travel down that creepy street. When we feel safe, we are happy and confident. So, if we are feeling this way, why are our dogs looking like they are scared and even ready to become aggressive?
Robin and I often look at our clients and say “You are a human. Your dog is a dog. You wear clothes and walk on two legs. Your dog walks around naked on four legs. You are different.” We tell our clients this more often that you may think.
The truth is that our dogs have different triggers that tell them that they are safe. Lights and locked doors, although helpful, are not important to them when it comes to their safety. Where we have come to rely on technology, they still focus on the forces of nature.
How do things feel? What do you see? What do you hear? How is someone standing? What is your nature? Where is the focus?
These are some of the experiences that they include when they determine safety and security. Before all our “technology stuff” that started to kick in several thousand years ago, these were important to us too. We need to reimagine what is important to our dogs so we can help them feel safe and no longer scared.
Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains what you can easily do to let your dog no longer be scared and passively aggressive. Please read our dog training article titled “How Can I Help My Scared and Aggressive Dog”.