Understanding your dog
Understanding your dog is central to a good relationship. Troubles between dogs and their owners are caused for a large number of reasons, but mainly lack of understanding. Most of these could be easily averted. Inconsistent training, impatience, unrealistic expectations, lack of care, negligence, and tough or inexperienced dog handling are responsible for most of general behavioural issues with dogs.
Understanding your dog – taking the time
Dog owners who invest the time to become knowledgeable about their dog’s needs don’t often see behavioural issues. So understanding your dog’s needs builds, love and trust and a bond.
Dog owners who neglect this will likely create panic, confusion, fear and even melancholy in their dog.
Understanding your dog – unique character
In one sense, dogs are not dissimilar to humans. Of course they mess around sometimes, but generally they try to do their best. Dog have an inate desire to please their owners. Any attentive and perceptive dog owner will understand this. Like humans, some dogs are easily distracted, some are more laid back, some are more aggressive and some are more shy. So understanding your dog is particularly so when it comes to training. The character of the dog will reflect the type of training that is needed and the amount of patience required.
Understanding your dog – body language
A dog can’t talk, so you have to pick up the non verbal channels of communication. If you’re able to read your dog’s body language, it is likely that you will have the basis of a great relationship with your dog. As with all relationships, communication is unquestionably the best technique for success. Below are some observations of general behaviour characterists which seem to ring true regardless of the breed.
Understanding your dog – hostile tail-wagging
When a dog wags its tail, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is happy or being friendsly. As an example, you are out in the fields with your dog and it is off the lead. Another inquisitive dog comes up into contact with him. Its ears are erect and its tail is wagging hi and stiff. Its eyes are motionless and fixed on your dog. The fur on the back of its nexttare raised. It is not even growling, but this dog is communicating aggression. This dog isn’t interesting in playing and if you can lead your dog from the scene calmly and quickly.
Understanding your dog – friendly tail-wagging
When a dog’s tail is hanging down and moves in broad sweeps, his ears are down and coat is smooth along back and shoulders, he is expressing happiness and being friendly. If such a do doent try to make eye contact with your dog in the eye and starts the general sniffing rountine it is probably looking to be socible.
Understanding your dog – play position
After spotting another dog, your dog quickly goes down on its haunches with its butt end in the air and its ears tucked back. So it is signaling it is ready to play. Other signals indication playfulness are rolling over, barking, grinning and wagging its tail, running around in circles, and jumping excitedly.
Understanding your dog – submissive positions
If a dog rolls over onto its back and looks away you might think it is frightened. More likely it is showing submission. It really trying to say, “I acknowledge you are boss (the pack leader).” Or it is saying to the other dog, “I do not need to fight or have a power struggle.” Dogs that avoids confrontation in this way typically make good pets if you live in the city.
Understanding your dog – signs of anxiety
If a dog is frightened, its body is often lowered with its tail hanging low or tucked between the legs. Often its head will be down ears are laid back and neck fur is raised raised. The dog may automatically crouch close to the earth to shield its belly. Because a fearful dog can fast become a danger predicated on that fear, you best course would be to stand still. Keep your hands close to your sides and don’t look the dog in the eye. If the dog doesn’t show signs of calming down or getting over its anxiety, it’s best to move away slowly.