Does your dog know when he/she has done something wrong?

@saizo6 (2211)
United States
November 17, 2009 3:06pm CST
The first time this happened I didn't really put much thought to it but when it happened the second and third time I realized that my dog recognizes when he does something wrong. Every time he knows he did something he shouldn't, like chew up headphones and wires or even peeing in the house, he always goes to his doggy bed in the corner, curls up and looks at everyone with these big eyes. He doesn't answer or come near anyone when they call him either. In short, he makes himself look really pathetic so he doesn't get punished. And the sad thing is that we fall for it, every single time. No one in the house can stay mad at the sad puppy eye look.
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
18 Nov 09
All five of my dogs do exactly as yours. So, if they're acting up, we always think: "Uh-oh what's she done now?" then we look around the household to check and sure enough we'll find something. It's hard to stay mad when they get like that so they usually just get the "Don't do that again" lecture and they're off the hook. Then, they go back to their usual happy-go-lucky playful mode.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Nov 09
That's my situation too. The dogs are too cute and I can never stay mad at them for long.
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@hisoka147 (606)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
That was a very funny kind of dog. Actually, you have a very nice dog there. As to my own Dog here, he is the reverse type of what you had stated. My own dog here usually chew up everything whenever he wants to play. It's like he is a menacing creature that tore everything apart. I once got really mad at him and took anything around me to throw him at. But unlucky he knows when I'm really mad and run away and usually come back when he feels that my head has gone cold. Everyday, he does the same thing so the only option for me to do is to keep those object that he loves to chew above where he can not reach.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Yours sounds a bit problematic there. Toby started out somewhat similar, he would chew on anything and everything. He'd take my mom's shoes and socks and hide them and various other things. He only stopped when my mom yelled at him and punished him by putting him in his cage for the whole day. This was repeated a few times and after a while I think he got the picture that he shouldn't be doing those things. Doesn't mean that he's not doing it anymore, he's just a bit more sneakier these days.
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@Prado712 (48)
• Brazil
18 Nov 09
He realize this when someone see him doing something wrong, otherwise he does not care about it.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Nov 09
That's kind of funny when you put it that way.
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• Italy
17 Nov 09
My dog does just the same, she knows very well when she's done something wrong. Maybe it's because we make it clear with her the things we don't want her to do, just a very sharp NO works wonders and she remembers, at the next time, that thing is wrong.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
17 Nov 09
That works too. We use the "NO" on one thing but they always find something else to do. It's somewhat funny.
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• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Yes. My children are so fond of dogs. We have 4 mature dogs and 4 puppies. One particular mature dog, KB, has a way to any man's heart, lol. We allow them to go inside the house once in a while and he likes it. One time, we closed the glass door and he was there looking pathetic and pitiful, seemingly asking us to let him in. He knows when he does something wrong. He runs outside and hides in a corner, looks down and make himself look as if he can't break a glass, lol. He also understands what we tell him. He makes "cute" actions while lying down and that really amuses us.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
17 Nov 09
I know what you mean there. Our puppy, Toby, does something similar. He'll go sulk in his corner and won't come out until we coax him with a treat or something. He's that devious but we love him anyways.
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@seeiah (73)
• Belgium
17 Nov 09
I am sure my dog knows when he is doing something wrong. If my dog is chewing on the chairs, he only does this when we aren't in the same room than him. If we enter and get mad because he was chewing on the chairs he suddenly shows his puppy eyes and his tail comes down. In the beginning we all fell for this trick, but now we just stay mad because else you arent going to learn your dog anything.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
17 Nov 09
haha...I don't think I'll ever stop falling for my dogs antics. But they're pretty good at not making the same mistakes again so we don't get as mad.
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@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
17 Nov 09
Yes, I think my dog knows it when she has done something wrong. Sometimes, when she has done something, such as biting the shoe, she'd look around and when I shouted at her, she straight away drops the shoe and moves away, so that I don't punish her. She also likes to show the "innocent" face. Yeah, dogs are so cute that sometimes you just don't feel like punishing them, they are just like kids, aren't they?
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Yep, they are just like little kids. My mom has even mentioned that having our dogs around was like having two disobedient kids running around the house. But that's not too bad. It's made our house a livelier place after all.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Nov 09
I don't know what breed your dog is but we have a hound and no dog we have ever had can do the guilt look as well as Sadie, her head goes down, she rolls her eyes up and her long tail goes all the way under her body as she slowly slinks off, you would think we beat her, she looks so bad. It's very hard not to laugh, but that would ruin the whole thing. It's wonderful living with a dog.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Oh, I have two chihuahuas and one of them is really good at the kicked puppy look. He adds tears into the mix too when someone raises their voice at him.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Hello Saizo. Oh yes Sam knows instantly when he does something wrong. But he don't mess up too much he knows that he is supposed to go outside to use the potty. He only messes up once in awhile. When he looks at us with those big brown eyes we instantly know he is sorry for what he did and we can't stay mad at him long. We love our baby Sam. He is our buddy. He thinks he did something wrong when we don't take him with us, ( which is only when it is too cold for him). Dogs how can anyone not love them? Hope you have a great day!
@free_man (7337)
• United States
17 Nov 09
rewards for those good dogies - This is Sam with his bone. He loves dragging it around like it is a toy!
Dogs are so special! Don't you think?
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Ahh...how cute. I should post up some pictures of my dogs too. But yeah, we have ours pretty trained on the potty issue. There are incidents when it does happen but that's a rare thing these days. The only thing we have to worry about is Toby chewing on any kind of cord he can get his paws own. I think he's already ruined three earphones and two ethernet cords.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Hello Saizo. We use peppermint toothpaste on Sam he loves it. Where do you get the beef tasting toothpaste at? I only got to post those pictures by accident. I just found out that you can only upload photos when starting a discussion and when you have reached 500post. But your almost there. Can't wait to see the photos of your dogs. Have a great day! Keep up the good work, I don't know if I could handle more then one dog right now. Sam don't chew on anything now but his toys.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
17 Nov 09
My dog had the worst conscience ever. It was always funny, when i came home, he'd run to the door, all excited an happy to see me. His tail would be going a mile a minute, he'd be jumping an yelping, and then he'd just stop. His ears would sag down, his tail would stop wagging and go down, and he's go right to his bed and lie down. Most of the time, the evidence would be strewn throughout the house (usually chewed up kleenex). The bad times were when I had to look for what was wrong.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Wow, what a smart dog you have. Mine doesn't start until we ask them if they did something wrong. It's funny because it's like they know we're asking them if they've been naughty.
11 Feb 10
I totally disagree with the fact your dog knows what he/she has done wrong!!! All your dog knows is your body langue and the tone of your voice......Either one is enough for your dog to run under the table or to its or even cower at your feet. The dog wll assocaite the look or the tone with either a smack, telling off or even locked in garden or another room as punishment. A dog who cowers is not a dog under control, but a dog who is frightened of his/hers owners.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
18 Nov 09
mine seems to know that she did something wrong. she will hang her head low or keep her ears down flat. it is so sad and you are right. we cannot stay mad at her for long. We love her so much.
• China
18 Nov 09
sometimes know
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
Dogs are like humans. I think that your dog want some attention. Try to have one partner for your dog. This could be solved his/her madness and turn his/her sad eye look into a smiley eye. Just a suggestion.