Behavior

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?

Behavior

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.

Behavior

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.