One of the most important things about being a pup parent is knowing that your pup won’t be able to associate your anger and frustration with an action that had already been done in the past.
According to science, pups just do not have enough long-term memory to be able to associate your anger with the carpet that they chewed up and understand that this is a cause-and-effect scenario after time has passed. Instead, you would be better off focusing on redirecting your pup’s energy away from the unwanted behaviour towards acceptable behaviour, and reinforcing wanted behaviour.
That said, the internet is full of viral videos where there is no way to put it, but the pup knows exactly what they have done wrong and is super guilty about it! One such video is this one, where this German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix won’t even look at Dad in the eye when all Dad does is gently point out the ripped up mat!
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