Behavior

Why Are Humans And Dogs So Good At Living Together

A lot of times we can learn a thing or two about life from the man’s best friend – dogs.

In the presence of a dog, somehow, nothing else matters. A dog is handing out pure love, sparing no expense, and asking absolutely nothing in return. There’s consistency, love, and the beauty of life at its finest.

There’s a reason we call them man’s best friend. We can learn so many things from a dog’s behavior, personality, demeanor, resiliency, and most importantly, the willingness to provide their family members with unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship down to their very last breath.

You come in the door from a long day’s work. The dog doesn’t judge you; he doesn’t care how you’re dressed or if you’ve just had a really bad day. No matter the situation, your dog is happy to see you. You are greeted with the same enthusiasm each and every time you walk in that door. A dog has the ability to live in the present moment. They don’t regret the past or worry about the future. If we can learn to appreciate and focus on what’s happening in the here and now, we’ll experience a richness of living.

Here are the reasons why man and dogs are really good for each other and can live together in harmony:

  • Dogs have the ability to sense what’s really going on. Many of us have lost touch with this all-important instinctual part of who we are. By paying attention to nonverbal cues such as body language and energy, we can learn more about our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves.
  • Dogs don’t hold grudges. There’s a remarkable lack of conflict in dog packs. That’s because members resolve the situation when disagreements arise, then move on. Imagine what our world would be like if we dealt with all conflicts before they escalated out of control. Holding onto negative feelings tends to make them multiply and prevent us from moving forward.
  • Dogs are productive and functional. When dogs are bored, they develop issues ranging from anxiety to aggression. But when given a job and a way to contribute to the pack’s well-being, they turn around almost immediately. We all have an innate need to work for food and water. Ask yourself how you can contribute more to your job, your family, and the world around you. You’ll feel much better about yourself if you earn your food and water, too.

I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life – from my childhood until now that in my 30’s. I have cats too but that’s another story. Each and every dog that I brought into my home was unique, had its very own personality, and affected my life profoundly. I’ve had some of the greatest relationships and life lessons learned with my dogs; Unconditional love, living in the moment, loyalty – these are the best lessons so far.

Sometimes, we get caught up in so many things, but you’re never lonely when there’s a dog around. When I need a good laugh or some therapy, I think about the times I’ve spent with my family, including my dogs because they were members of our family, and I laugh. They are so fun.

For a dog, every morning is Christmas morning. Every walk is the best walk, every meal is the best meal, and every game is the best game. We can learn so much by observing the way our pets rejoice in life’s simplest moments. Take time every day to celebrate the many gifts that are hidden in the ordinary events of your own life.

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Reasons Why Dogs Are The Best Companions To Have For Your Family

If you are wondering if having a dog is worth the time and effort for you and your family then you need to consider a few things before you make the final decision. After all, having to own and raised an animal can actually be all time consuming, the exhausting business that you needed to be responsible for it in order to ensure that your dog won’t destroy your house, bite someone’s leg and be a menace about it. This is important for you to know before a visit and make a quick stop to the nearest pet store.

Dogs can be a good thing as well. So long as you know how to handle and treat them right and properly, you will end up having the most amazing and beautiful companions to be a part of your household. Here are some of these reasons why people love having dogs as their companions and be part of the family household.

  • You’ll end up having to exercise more.
  • Dogs can actually help relieve all your pent-up stress and frustration.
  • You will feel unconditional love.
  • They are your best friend through thick and thin.
  • Your social life will be improved.
  • Dogs can actually improve and boost immunity to your kids so they won’t be susceptible to allergies.
  • Dogs will help you relieve off the depression because they are there to be with you.
  • Dogs are excellent guardians and protectors against other harmful things such as strangers and disastrous outcomes.
  • Dogs will give kids a life lesson learned how to become responsible.
  • With dogs, their presence will foster and boost care and love within you.

All in all, they are good news to have. So long as you know what kind of dogs that you want to own and what kind of breed that you want to have to be apart of the family, dogs are perfect to offer you comfort and protection. They will love more and not less, they will forever be your best friend and will never judge you for who you were. Many people love dogs and thanks to their help they manage to survive and live life to the fullest. There are many people who are more aware the value of their pets and how much they meant to them. Dogs can be your family and they are there for you no matter what hardships.

You don’t have to worry about the time and effort to train and educate them in the manner of behaving and good behavior, for the moment you look at the dog’s eyes you will know that you’re in love. You know that it is worth the money and time to raise and train the dog when it brought so much joy into your life. That’s what you’re going to expect when having to own a pet dog as apart of the family. They will be with you always and will love you no matter what. Dogs are the best companions to have.

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Why Do People Love Dogs As Their Pet Companion?

If you are considering in having a dog of your own but you are not one hundred percent sure that you’re going to handle the responsibility so you decided to search more information about them before making the decision, then you are in for a good surprise. You will find that having a pet dog can actually change the way you think, the way you feel and the way you see things because raising and training the dog can be a wonderful but also a tiring experience. So, if you are wondering that it’s going to be worth the trouble for it then here are some of the positive pros that you’re going to find when having to own a pet dog as your trusted companion.

Dogs can actually be:

  • Your best friend. They can be your companion who will love you unconditionally and forever be loyal to you and only to you. They will stick with you no matter what and they won’t judge you for who you are, that is the difference between humans and pets.
  • They are good for your health. With your trusted companion you have no choice but to get up and go outside to the park to play and give your dog and yourself some exercise. Dogs needed this physical stimulation and you have no choice but to follow through unless you want an aggressive pent-up energetic dog on your hands. Dogs can actually give your health benefits as well believe it or not, especially if it’s for the kids. They can give your kids the strong immunity for germs and allergies and they can help relieve your stress as well.
  • They help boost your emotional health. They provide comfort and love, especially when kids and you, yourself, encounter an unexpected death or distress of a family member or a situation that you cannot help when it comes. Dogs will be there for you and their presence actually brings you assurance including the need to cuddle and hug. They are there as your emotional crutch when you need them.
  • They can also be good for the ice breaker and social interaction. Believe it or not, the topic of dogs can actually a good conversational starter and helps you socialize with other human beings. This is a good advantage when you wanted to go out and meet other people.

All in all, you can find that having a dog can actually be beneficial to you. There’s a lot of things that you can find when having them at your home. They are perfectly good companions and awesome watchdogs. They will guard and protect you from danger and harm, and they will love you eternally and no matter. You can always trust your dog and you will never be alone when you have your best friend with you all the way through the end. They are great for family bonds and not to mention it gives you the reason to go on and live happily in life. This is why people love dogs.

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Scope Of Animal Cruelty

When  we speak of animal cruelty it ranges a wide variety of actions that often  results in animal mistreatment which all ends up to a summation of unnecessary  actions that were merely done to inflict pain and suffering to defenseless  animals. But the term animal cruelty does not have the same meaning for every  country. Some may find caging animals for circus purposes as a great act of  cruelty while in some other parts of the world it may not seem as a grave act  for them and may have only set some limit over such. Although  the number of acts that constitutes animal cruelty is wide there are some that  are very much common in this day and age. There are those that are done for  entertainment purposes such as cock fighting as well as dog fighting. There are  also those done out of fashion sense such as those that manufactures fur coats  and animal skin accessories. Another thing is that of using animals for  experimentation.

This is a common phenomenon when we science requires to test  new medicines and even cosmetics. In  this light, we have already set up ways to fight this type abuse among animals.  Although it would require monetary contributions to organizations such as PETA  or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Another contribution we  can give is to avoid consuming meat products. Not only are vegetables and  fruits truly beneficial for health but in this manner we may be able to save  too much demand for animal slaughter. There are also some companies that do not  perform animal testing with the use of animals. People should opt to read the  labels to find out if they have been animal-friendly with their product design.  We can also help by adopting animals from legitimate humane societies or those  that we can found astray from the streets. We should also be aware of other  people’s action, it is our responsibility to let the proper authorities and agencies  know if there are any forms of abuse happening within our neighborhood.

If  you want to own an animal or a pet for your own avoid acquiring one from pet  shops. Most of the time, these types of businesses are very much into puppy  mills which means that they force animals to breed repeatedly without looking  out for the wellness of such animals. If  you would be asking for what would you be getting in return for fighting in the  line of animal rights. The answer would be none but the connection and loyalty  you may have as well as the love that may be brought to you in return is  already enough to count as a benefit. But patience should also be present when  the animal you have chosen to give shelter to has been previously abused and  neglected. It would take a lot of time before you can be able to gain their  trust. It is also advisable to get your animal neutered so as to avoid them  from overpopulating.

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100962111_209fcd0a81_zAfter a long day of work, making sure the dogs have adequate exercise can be a little difficult for this family of six. We often have to find creative ways to get the ya-ya’s out so that we can all rest easily. Our dogs spend up to 10 hours alone at home while the family is away at work and school so when we arrive home they are full of energy. Here are just a few easy activities that you can use to keep your pooch entertained.

1. Work for your dinner

Evening meal time is a great time for a training session. Making your dog work for his dinner will allow him to exert mental energy producing a calmer, more relaxed dog.

All of my dogs are at different levels when it comes to training so we go around in a circle and each dog performs one trick and gets a few pieces of kibble. In approximately the same time that it would take for our dogs to scarf down their meals from their bowls, we have had a training session and everyone is much more relaxed and settled down. We work on tricks that we can use later on such as sit, down (lay down), back up, and wait. We also throw in a few other tricks for fun such as shake, stand up, roll over and some hand targeting.

2. Treasure hunt

Dogs spend a lot of time gathering information with their nose. Think of nose work for your dogs like you would think of homework for your kids.

When I need to dogs to stay busy for a few minutes I will take a cup full of kibble, treats or even dry cereal and toss it into the yard spreading it over several square feet so all three dogs have room to hunt. If you don’t have a yard you can try it in your living room, kitchen or anywhere you allow your dogs to stay. The food doesn’t have to be hidden but extra bonus points if it is. When you are first starting out, you might want to toss the food into a conspicuous place until your dog catches on to the Treasure hunt game.

3. Visit a new place

It seems that this week my dogs have gotten spring fever. Everyone has been extra antsy lately so today we visited a new park. We weren’t there for very long but after a half hour of walking around, sniffing new scents, and looking at new sights, the dogs were down for the count.

Taking your dog to experience something novel is a great socialization exercise and also one that will expel some extra energy. . The local park, a dog friendly cafe, a new neighborhood, a new dog park or even the closest lake or river are just a few destinations that your dog might enjoy checking out. Some care should be taken to make sure your pet is healthy before their outing and making sure your destination is pet friendly. Also, just because dogs are allowed at some locations does not mean that they are right for your dog. Take some time to visit the destination beforehand without your dog and survey the scene.  What unique ways do you use to exercise your dog?

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Regular Exercise And Bonding With Your Dogs

Dogs are just like people to the extent that they need exercise just as much as everyone else in the world. Even if you have a busy schedule, it only takes a few minutes to take your dog for a walk at different intervals of every day. There are many reasons why exercise is important for dogs. They get bored easily, you need that time to spend with your pet, and it makes it easier for you to track their weight progress. Veterinarians recommend regular exercise.

When dogs tear up your household, it usually means they are bored because they are not getting much attention from their owner. You may be too busy to throw a ball for them or give them some toys to play with. They will also eventually go to the bathroom on your floor to get some more attention. Even though it is negative attention, they are still getting some from you. They think of it as you are spending time with them, and that is all that matters. By taking your dog on walks, they are less likely to destroy your house. Plus they get some one on one attention from their owner, which can be a time to bond with your pet such as stroking them behind their ears.

Of course you feed your dog every day but without exercise your dog can gain too much weight. You may not be the type of owner that will weigh your dog every day but you can easily tell because they will start to get fatter every day. When you take your dog for walks, it maintains their weight so they can stay healthy.

These reasons are good reasons to take your dogs for walks every day. It is also good to encourage older children to help out if you are too busy. It still only takes a few minutes for you to walk up and down your street or around the neighborhood. When you take your dogs for walks often, you will notice a change in behavior because they will not be going to the bathroom in your house or tearing up your household. Also you will notice how healthy and happy your dog is becoming.

If you need more instructions regarding your pet and how to exercise them properly, you can contact us using our contact us page on this website.

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Dogs Have Social Needs Just Like People Do

Have you ever considered that your dog is not like most animals? The vast majority of animals are not domesticated, and while they may have a social hierarchy within their own small group that satisfies their need for social interaction, humans are not a part of this. What sets your dog apart is that dogs have social needs that go beyond the usual “pack” group mentality, and includes humans. Let’s take a closer look at why this is so.

Modern dogs have social needs inherited from their wolf ancestors. As man slowly domesticated these wild animals through selective breeding and friendship, the modern dog never lost this need for social interaction. Today this interaction is with other dogs and humans. This is one of the many reasons why we enjoy dogs so much and why they also enjoy our company.

Owning a dog requires we provide them with not only proper care and a safe environment. It also includes meeting their desire for social interaction with us. Much as the wild wolf views his pack as his family our dogs view us as their family and pack. This is where they feel needed and most comfortable.

A few of what dogs have social needs for include the following:

  1. A loving, safe home and family who takes the time to exercise their dog with walks and play. This is a time for bonding with your dog, and showing him or her they are important members of the family.
  2. Their own space to take naps, sleep, go when they wish to be alone, and this is a place they feel safe. It can be a particular room in your home or outside in their pen.
  3. Training and discipline play a vital role in the life of a dog. Just as children want to know what is acceptable behavior so does your dog. They thrive best when taught what behavior you will praise them for, and what bad behavior on their part means. When disciplining your dog remember to never hit, kick, scream, or abuse the dog in any way. This is not going to help socialize your dog and will often turn an otherwise friendly dog into a dog with a mean side.
  4. One of the most overlooked aspects is socialization with other dogs.

Socialization to other dogs is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of a dog’s social experience. The more dogs and puppies a young dog meets, the better he will get along with any dog, anywhere. Not supplying your dog with the skills with which to get along with other dogs may well be a form of abuse and neglect.

This includes being kept with their littermates for at least 8 weeks, and plenty of play with other dogs afterwards. I urge you to read their informative article.

Dogs have social needs and as responsible owners it is our responsibility to meet these needs. A well socialized dog is a happy dog and a happy dog is a healthy dog.

Is your dog’s social needs being met?

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Stop Your Barking Dog Problem?

If you live in an area that has a lot of neighbors and your dog will not be quiet; then you are well aware of the fact that this can be a problem. However every pet owner needs to understand that there are some steps that you can do to stop your barking dog problem.

Everyone needs to realize that the only reason your dog will begin barking is because they are trying to tell you that they need something. Just like when your kids need something they will begin making noise to let you know that they need attention.

Dogs are going to bark because it is the only form of communication that they can use. If you have a dog then you have to try to figure out what they need or why they are barking.

Extremely Bored: Every pet owner needs to realize that their dog will begin to bark if they are left at home all alone without any type of attention. One of the ways to get them to be quiet is to begin paying more attention to them and take them for a walk right when you get home.

Communicating: Dogs are very smart and if they realize that they are out of food or water they tend to bark to attempt to get your attention. If you have an outside dog they could be barking because the neighborhood kids keep coming by your house or it could be too hot or cold outside.

Obedience Problem: If your dog has an obedience issue then you will discover that they will bark for no apparent reason. Just like kids they will begin to do things because they know that it bothers you; it is up to you to let them know how you expect them to behave. If you do not take the time to discipline them then they will run all over you.

Teach Your Dog

Every pet owner has to take the time to discipline their furry friends no matter how cute they are. This is the only way that we will be able to have great pets. Obedience training will help strengthen your pet owner bond and bring you both closer. Besides training it is vital that you do proper exercise and give them lots of love; they will give you unconditional love in return.  Remember it is going to take love and discipline and if you still haven’t gotten Fido to stop barking, check out the video below.

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Training For Aggressive Dogs

The beginning signs of aggressive dog behavior is linked to the dog being aggressive as a puppy. So many people who own dogs make the mistake of seeing ferocious puppies as playful behavior. Before you know it, your cute little new puppy grows up to be a ferocious beast because owners failed to see the warning signs in the beginning.

When it comes to training a dog there exist many types of training methods which work very well. Some of these training methods though could actually make your dog show more aggression. It is very important that you learn the proper way to train your dog and you will be one hundred percent guaranteed to have a good relationship with your dog.

What To Do Before You Start Training

It is essential that you consult with a qualified dog professional with certification who can assist you in diagnosing your dog’s problems. Many times it is the surrounding environment that has an impact on your dog’s behavior, but it could also be linked to certain medical conditions. Speaking with a professional animal trainer or a vet can be helpful in getting you off too the right start with dog training for aggressive behavior. Their are also many training courses and classes you can take for dog breed specific aggression.

The Right And Wrong Way For Training Aggressive Dogs

Sometimes you already know that your dog is very aggressive. As a responsible dog owner you have to take it upon yourself to take preventative measures. If you know your dog is overzealous and overly energetic, you should make sure that you keep him out of public places and away from people unless you are accompanied by a professional animal trainer. It is very important that you get your dog out of environments that may make him uncomfortable and anxious which can lead to very bad things happening.

One of the best techniques you can use to get rid of dog aggression is to get your dog socialized with other people and animals. As as precaution, if you decide to take on this method, you need to be sure that your dog is muzzled at all times. After time when you know that your dog is less anxious it can be taken off around people and animals.

Another step that you need to take before you start training for aggressive dogs is to spay or neuter. Doing this will lessen the aggressive behavior in your pet especially around other dogs. A good dog breeder will do this for you before you pick your dog up

Punishment Is Not Acceptable

People assume that punishment is a good way to train your dog at first, but this is not correct. Punishing your dog when first attempting to train him will result in the dog being much more anxious and fearful which can lead to a biting incident or attack on someone. Hitting an animal can lead to more aggression and is counter productive.

What To Avoid When Training For Aggressive Behavior

Do not let your dog get use to belligerent behavior. When dogs get use to being aggressive it lets them become more dangerous and more domineering. Games like tug-of-war are not considered good because it is teaching the dog to be dominant over you.

At some point your dog is going to have to learn to obey commands. It is not good to constantly satisfy him because he will start to become dominant. Other things that will show your dog that you are the leader is making sure that he walks behind you and never let him finish eating before you are done with your meal. Your dog should also be at a point below you at all times and never above you.

Praise Is A Good Thing When The Time Is Right

When your canine begins to demonstrate good behavior it is time to start praising them for their actions. Canines are always satisfied with pleasing their owners and this is considered one of the best techniques for training aggressive dogs. As time goes on your dog will follow your every command and please you at will as long as you are fine with it.
Just remember that training for aggressive dogs is a long process and you are going to need to have patience when getting started. Sometimes you might find that your first attempt at how to help an aggressive dog might not go as you want it to. Just give it some effort, have patience and show your dog love so you can be on your way to a lifetime of good obedience with your pet.