Have you ever come home to a puddle of pee on the floor, or worse, a ripped up pair of shoes? When that happens, as much as you probably want to discipline your dog right then, you should know that it will do more harm than good.
Patrolia told me in our interview, "We as pet owners can assume the dog "knows" what they did and that is why they are hiding when we come home. In reality, they are hiding due to the response the owner had to the circumstance."
Unlike us, she said, "Dogs live in the present, which means discipline and praise must be given exactly when the behavior occurs. If you come home to find the dog has chewed the couch, but they are now sleeping on the floor, you will not be successful in teaching the dog that chewing the couch was unacceptable."
She continued, "If you yell, it will frighten the dog because he was sleeping. He doesn't make the connection that chewing the couch was wrong. This can teach him to hide when you return because the last time he was in the room with a chewed couch, he got frightened from the owner yelling."
Patrolia added, "As pet owners, the way we respond and communicate definitely shapes the bond with our dogs. We have to remember that they are not little people in dog costumes and respect they have certain communication, mental and lifestyle needs."