Do You Know What Makes Your Dog Tick?
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Do You Know What Makes Your Dog Tick?

It is very important to understand that your dog is not like us. In fact they are very different creatures that little bundle of fur you just adopted derives its heritage from the wolf.

It is and always will be a canine and so it will always have the natural instincts of a wolf. It doesn’t matter what kind of dog you have, no matter how big or small it is. They all have thousands of years of instinct in them and no amount of training will ever completely remove these instincts.

Although you may think that there is not much for your new pet to learn. When you bring them into your house it is very different surroundings to what your dog is used to.

You for instance. That’s right your puppy will need to adjust to the idea that it has to live amongst these strange creatures that walk around on two legs instead of four.

Remember that this animal is not used to living in a house and so will not understand a lot about living in one. It will need to be taught everything it needs to know by you.

As responsible pet owners we must understand the difference between or dogs and us, If we understand them the transition into your life will be much smoother and you will get a great mate in the process.

Fitting into the pack

Like I said, your dog has natural instincts that can never be removed, and that is why you will need to think of your family as a pack from now on.

This pack structure is your dogs way of life and it will always be there. The first thing to know is that you are always pack leader. Your dog should never feel like he is pack leader. This means what you say goes.

It might be easier for you to imagine the pack as a ladder, with you on the top and your family and pets on the lower rungs. There are no equal ranks in the structure. The pack is organised be dominance, so the strongest person is the leader (that’s you) and then each other member of your family is placed in order of dominance.

This is extremely important if you own more than one dog. Let’s say that you have a dog Ben, and then a couple of years later you adopt a new puppy Toby. When you bring Toby home Ben will be on a higher rung of the ladder than Toby as he is older and stronger. However after a few years Toby begins to think that he is bigger and stronger then Ben and so if he wants to take over Ben’s position he will need to challenge him.

This can sometimes lead to fights, the severity depends on how badly Toby wants Ben’s spot and how badly Ben wants to keep it. It doesn’t always come to fighting though sometimes a strong look can be enough to assert dominance and take over is position. However the pack will know that something has happened even though us humans won’t.

Those who own several dogs should keep an eye out for this. When it happens you will need to put the new dog first and the others second. This will take discipline on your part even if you have been giving first place to a faithful old friend for many years. Your ability to notice this should prevent any problems between your dogs and they will go back to living in harmony.

Understanding this can solve many problems with your dog. As most problems stem from your dog not respecting you as the alpha leader. You can give your dog all the love in the world but if they don’t respect you as the alpha leader you will get nowhere in your training.

It is very important to understand that your dog is not like us. In fact they are very different creatures that little bundle of fur you just adopted derives its heritage from the wolf.