Just how well do you know your dog? Have you ever wished that your dog or cat could talk to you? Wouldn’t it be cool to know what your best friend is thinking?
They say that if you can read your dog’s actions, you can pretty much figure out what he is thinking too? I don’t know that I agree with that statement because there have been times when my girl totally surprised me. I expected her to go one way and she had me deceived and very surprised when she took off and went running the other way. That was the last time that I ever had to go running after her before we got into the dog enclosure at the park. Wew! I was pretty hot when I finally caught her; she got a lecture all the way back to the dog enclosure. She knew she had just done something wrong; let’s put it that way.
By the way? I never ever get physical with my animals except with love, hugs, and kisses. So if I ever talk about how mad I get? We are talkin’ lecture only. Or maybe a time out.
Debra Horwitz, the lead editor of “Decoding Your Dog”; she is also a dog behavioralist, says that “we can understand what our dog is telling us by watching how he behaves”. She also says that “we cannot tell by just looking at one part of his body; for instance his tail, and be able to understand what is going through his head”. She says that “just because his tail is wagging, doesn’t always mean that he is a happy dog”. But that “if we are observing what our dog does with his face, body, and tail in any given situation, the dog will let you know if he’s feeling relaxed, concerned, scared, or aggressive”.
When I look at my dog, I see a pretty crazy little lady. There are times when I simply like to sit and observe her quietly. But if she catches me looking at her? She gets that look; like there is a prolonged moment or two and then she is up and ripping around the house, car, store, pet store, other people’s home, etc. She actually goes bonkers. This has become a pretty serious problem indeed, but I nurtured it in the beginning. Mostly because I felt like she was giving me a private moment or a private part of herself that was for me only.
She thinks when she acts crazy, that it’s an acceptable behavior obviously; I taught her that it was okay. Wrong. How well do you know your dog?
I “used to” laugh at her. She saw and felt that what she was doing was making me happy; making me laugh at her. Actually it does make me happy; but once in a while would be great.
I love to see any dog acting like a puppy (once in a while). She loves to make me happy, but what dog wouldn’t want to make their master happy? But now she takes this to an extreme and her behavior is funny anymore. I recognize that it is something that I basically taught is my fault. I started to play with her, in the beginning. I encouraged her In fact, she holds us up when we are getting ready to go somewhere and anymore it is like we have to start getting ready to leave an hour before it’s time to go. But what dog doesn’t want to make their master happy?
Now it is a huge problem, especially when it is time for stop so we can leave the house, or wherever it is that we are at the moment. I hate trying to catch her now, it is not fun anymore. I have to learn how to help her delete this behavior. It’s kind of hard to get mad at a behavior that I have encouraged and expect something different without some major changes on my part.
It’s pretty easy to tell when your dog is a happy one, right? “When a dog is happy, his whole body looks soft,” says Ms. Horwitz. “When a happy dog wags his tail, the tail wags his whole body. He has relaxed ears, a soft pant, eyes are soft. Everything about him says, ‘I’m cool. I’m good.” So, how well do you know your dog?
I also want to give you a heads up about this new online video group that I found for dog behavior modification and dog training. The program is Doggy Dan Dog Training; all of the dog training is on recorded videos so that you may copy the program or directions while working with your dog(s) looking right over Dan’s shoulder! Using video is the next best thing next to being in one of his actual classes.
I copied and pasted a little bit right here about what Dan has to say about Dogs and What they are to us!
GO AND TAKE A LOOK AT MY DOG BEHAVIOR BLOG; THERE IS ALL KINDS OF
GOOD INFORMATION, TIPS, AND EVEN DOGGY DAN
IS THERE FOR HELP!
“Dogs, as you know have descended from wolves. We have domesticated them over thousands of years. But bringing them into our homes has not done anything to the 99.8 percent DNA that is still wolf. There is no point in trying to reason our or even think like a human when we try to understand where everything seems to be going wrong with our dogs. It is crucial, right now, if you really want them to start listening to you of their own free will, that you become the pack leader.”
When your dog is running up and down the fence barking, or throughout the house barking, and they are ignoring your cries to stop, they aren’t being disobedient, they aren’t trying to play a game because it is entertaining to them. It is because your dog is ignoring you for the simple fact that he doesn’t think that he has to listen to you. Only when you have established yourself as the pack leader will your dog want to listen to you! Yes, WANT TO listen to you.
http://www.whatagooddoggie.com/who-are-you-yelling-at-im-not-listening/ Here is a link to my other blog about dog behavior and training tips.
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Take care and have a blessed day! Today is Passover and we also get a full moon tonight!