Last Updated on July 26, 2018 by Ella Woods Leave a Comment
Is your dog hesitant around you? It’s time you considered making an improvement in your relationship with your lovely pet. Life is not all about relating well with your fellow human beings. There is much more fun in relating well with your pet. This case, a good relationship between you and your dog can impact your life in several positive aspects. Sometimes pets do need compassion and understanding just like we human beings do. Did you know that training your dog equips you with parenting skills? It gives you a sense of responsibility thus preparing you for a good parenting life. I understand how difficult it can be creating a fruitful relationship with your dog. Not to worry though, below is a list of 10 tricks to make dogs love you. Hope you find the tips helpful.
10 Tricks to Make Your Dog Love You
1. Feed Your Dog Well
Feeding your dog involves something more than just putting food in a bowl and walking your way. It should be more of interaction that just making food available for your dog . You know, the dog should always feel and as well see that you are the food provider. Dumping his/her food in a bowl will send a different signal to the dog and he won’t even realize that you are the provider. Let the feeding be an interactive activity. Mark you, if you really want to get your way into a dog’s heart, you have to take care of its stomach. The food doesn’t have to be nutritious. All you need to do is to make sure that your dog learns that you’re the food provider.
2. Let Your Dog Accompany You to Work
Building a good relationship with your dog is basically the mission here. You, this whole process will entail a serious training for the dog. If possible, you can even do a therapy dog team training. Train your dog on some basic simple tasks. Like picking something for you. For instance, if you are a carpenter, it’s good that you involve your dog in your work as a simple task assistance. Train him to pick things like saws, pliers, and nails. Let him understand the terms and how he/she should respond to the terms appropriately. It takes patience and devotion to achieve this. But trust me it’s worth it.
3. Invite Him to Your Bedroom
I know this can be difficult at times. Nonetheless, the trick is quite effective as far as earning your dog’s special love is concerned. The experience can be quite scary for dogs and more especially for puppies. But with two or more nights, the experience will drive off the fear and welcome home the feeling that you are indeed his/her family.
4. Listen And Understand Your Dog
Do you think this is impossible? Trust me it is not. Learn the expression your dog’s puts on under different situations. We as human beings tend to be offended and take various dog expressions as personal insults and end-up misunderstanding the dog. When your dog says no, kindly understand him. Maybe he is not feeling well. Come to think of it, why should you feel offended when your dog says no to your request? I mean, we do ask fellow human beings to do something and when they say know, we assume that they have reasons behind the “NO”. The same should also apply to your dog. Be considerate enough with your dog and maybe try to understand the reason behind her negative response.
5. Learn Your Dog’s Likes And Dislikes
This sounds obvious, right? I mean even with your human partner, if you want to keep a healthy relationship, the first basic action to take is to learn his/her likes and dislikes. This helps avoid unnecessary misunderstandings in the future. The same way, try identifying what your dog likes and what he/she doesn’t like.
6. Comfort Him/Her When Afraid:
Just like human beings, dogs also do have emotions. There those dogs that are freaked out by sudden loud sounds. Do not ignore the fact that she is frightened. Take your time and comfort her. Show her that you are there for her and she should shake off her fears. This gives the dog a sense of being owned and loved and trust it will reciprocate the same portion to you.
Pro note: You will know your dog is startled when he/she hides behind you after a loud sound/bang.
7. Give Him/Her A Separate Space:
This mostly applies to the adopted dogs. Being adopted is quite stressful even with us human beings live alone the dogs. It gives such a boring feeling ever experienced since the beginning of the universe. Therefore, giving your newly adopted dog his own space will give him a wonderful environment to relax and adopt the new life. Investing in the best dog beds for your dog is something I would recommend. Make sure that the place you give him/her is out of the way but somewhere he/she can see everything going on within the house. Most probably at the far end corner of your living room.
8. Protect Your Dog:
There is no wonderful feeling than having it in mind that someone protects and cares about you. It’s such an amazing feeling every living being deserves to experience. Even though dogs are mostly accommodated to protect us, they also need our protection as well. A different protection at that. For example, if your dog doesn’t like interacting with specific people, it’s okay telling them what your dog likes and he doesn’t like. Keep him away from those people.
9. Groom Your Dog
Grooming your dog comes in as a part of protection but I thought I should put it as an independent tip/point. Am sure, at some point, we have all been little kids. Can you imagine that feeling when your mom grooms you and all that? It’s a good feeling, right? It makes every kid love his/her mother. This same case will definitely apply to your dog as you continue grooming him/her regularly.
10. Play With Your Dog
It’s good to keep your dog under training but not throughout the entire day. Create some time for you two to have fun together. Do not strain his little brain. At least loosen up the routine a bit and let and give him some free time. Play and have fun together.
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Dogs have for the longest time been considered man’s best friend, but it takes quite some time for this to completely fall into place. If you are trying to get close to a dog, then you need to learn some tactics. Approaching a dog aggressively or forcing the animal to bend to your demands may cause problems in trying to get them to love you. Dogs highly rely on their instincts, and they will smell your intentions a mile away. That’s why it’s important to follow these steps on how to get your dog to love you.
1. Bond With the Dog
Just like humans, relationships with dogs start gradually then develop into long term relationships. If you are looking to form a long-term relationship with the four-legged pet then you may start with walking him two or three days a week. According to http://weluvpuppies.com/8-things-you-can-do-that-will-make-your-dog-love-you-more/, this will give the dog a chance to know and get used to you. This way, you stop being a stranger and he will start warming up to you. This is actually a highly effective technique because dogs simply love the outdoors. Carrying toys and treats for you and your dog to play with raises your chances of success.
2. Learn How to Pet the Dog
Dogs are usually easy going animals looking for fun and play. Any dog lover will tell you that dogs submit and love it when they are pet. There are some trigger spots that dogs especially love having tickled and rubbed. These include; behind the ears, belly, and top of the head. The technique, in this case, is to gently rub the areas using the tip of your fingers and observe the dog’s reaction. Take your time with the rub, though. If the dog moves closer to you then this is an indication that he is enjoying the rub. If he moves his head or body away from you then take it to mean that he doesn’t enjoy being rubbed in that specific area. It could also mean that he isn’t in the mood so refrain.
3. Respect the Dog’s Wishes
Just like humans, dogs aren’t always in the mood for play, according to http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Dog-Love-You. It is in your best interest that you learn how to read your dog’s moods and respect them. Forcing them to perform tricks or play when they are tired and looking to rest will make them resent you. This will strain your relationship. Learn to observe their behavior and make a smart decision from the hints given. If they come to you with a toy, take it to mean that they want to play so go ahead. If they start rubbing against the door then it may mean that they want to go outside for a bathroom break. If they rest their head on your lap then they may just be in the mood to hang out with you. Following the cues given by your dog will strengthen your relationship.
4. Improve Your Relationship
According to http://3lostdogs.com/14-ways-to-get-your-new-dog-to-trust-love-and-respect-you/, your dog will offer you its utmost loyalty as its owner and it is only fair that you reciprocate this favor. Take the time to learn what your dog likes, and actually make the effort to be their best friend. Go for jogs or walks with them, watch the late night news after work with him, invite them to bed with you and even go camping with them. This enables them to trust and strengthen their loyalty bond to you. It earns you their unconditional love. If another person comes into the picture, do not neglect the dog else the dog may resent this person and you aw well. Try as much as possible to do the things that you used to when it was just the two of you.
Dogs are fun animals and their natural instincts make them the best companions. They will protect you in times of danger and offer complete companionship hence all the more reason to work towards earning their love. If you are looking to bring in a new dog, it is best that you opt for a puppy. Studies show that you stand to gain your dog’s love from a tender age as opposed to earning that on an older dog.
When your dog won’t listen to your commands, it can be frustrating — and it can also be dangerous. After all, this kind of communication can help keep your dog out of trouble, preventing him from running out into a busy street or eating something he shouldn’t. It can also help keep you sane by helping you manage problem behaviors.
But it’s not always easy to get to the root of the problem. So where do you start if your dog doesn’t obey — either in specific situations or all of the time? Here are a few problems you may be encountering.
Remove Excess Energy
If you’ve ever tried to communicate with a hyper toddler, then you know how excited energy can be distracting. It’s no different with dogs. When your pup is raring to go, his only focus is on releasing all that pent-up energy inside, and he’s going to have a hard time listening to you.
So remember to practice first exercise, then discipline, and then affection. A daily walk that truly drains all of your dog’s energy will go a long way.
If your dog is receiving different messages about his behavior, he won’t understand what you want from him. That’s also true if individual family members enforce different rules. Sit down as a family and discuss the rules, boundaries, and limitations you want to set for your dog. It can be helpful to write them down and display them somewhere prominent.
Master Your Energy
Dogs listen to their pack leaders, and you can only be that leader if you are displaying calm-assertive energy. If you’re frantic or uncertain as you give a command, your dog will tune you out. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t really aware of the energy we are giving off. Have a friend observe your behavior and give you feedback — or even film it so you can see for yourself.
Go Back to Basics
Does your dog truly know the command? It can take hundreds or even thousands of repetitions for some dogs to learn a new skill. Practice makes perfect. You may need to focus on training again to ensure your dog really has it down.
Stop Relying on Verbal Commands
Dogs don’t speak to one another; they use energy and body language to communicate. So it’s not surprising that they sometimes have trouble picking up on our verbal commands, particularly when they are bombarded by our constant yammering all day.
Even if they know a command, they may actually associate it more with a non-verbal cue you give at the same time — something you may not even realize you’re doing.
If your dog is listening to you, consider what may have changed about your physical presence. Are you holding a baby? Are you sitting down? Are you looking away? Small changes like these may be impacting your ability to fully communicate your message like you normally would.
Notice Your Dog’s Emotional State
Beyond pent-up energy, your dog may be distracted by a number of emotions. If you are trying to train her to come when a neighbor’s dog approaches, your pup may instead be so focused on claiming her territory that she’s tuned you out. Or she may be so frightened by the sound of thunder and lightning that there’s little mental space to hear your command to go to her crate. You have to deal with the underlying issue before you can get your dog to really listen to you.
If you continue to have problems, consider hiring a professional to help. Communication between you and your dog is important for both of you and worth the investment of your time and energy.
Only by learning how dogs communicate you will be able to fulfill your role as Pack Leader. In Cesar’s DVD “Essentials of Dog Behavior: The Language of Dogs,” he explains how the most unwanted canine behaviors can be corrected by understanding what your dog is communicating. Order yours now.
Does your dog ever not pay attention to you, or do you have a method of getting his attention that always works? Tell us about it in the comments!
Reason number 2: ‘Licks your face frantically. No it’s not gross and unhygienic, it’s ridiculously sweet.’ Photograph: Hulton Getty
Reason number 2: ‘Licks your face frantically. No it’s not gross and unhygienic, it’s ridiculously sweet.’ Photograph: Hulton Getty
W hich is a more loving pet – a cat or a dog? The publication of this article about loving cats has caused more disagreement than almost any other. It’s been decided that the matter can only be settled with an article that will restore the balance. So here it is, 25 ways you know your dog loves you. Next week: 25 signs your goldfish hates you.
1. Cries hysterically when you arrive home. No matter how long you’ve been away. Sometimes mere minutes – once, when I went into another room.
2. Licks your face frantically. No it’s not gross and unhygienic, it’s ridiculously sweet and probably just as exfoliating as a cat’s tongue, actually.
3. Jumps on you, possibly in a full body slam. The excitement is why you’ve got those bruises. Love marks, as I call them.
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4. Takes your knickers/socks/shoes onto the bed with them. My dog will take any garment of mine that she can, just to be near me. Our old family dog used to present visitors to our house with my bras. It always made for a lovely surprise for the postman.
5. Jumps up begging to be held. No, my dog is not a performing genius, she just sometimes sees how far away my lickable face is, and demands to be carried. This isn’t embarrassing at all in the park, as manly men with staffies look on and laugh.
Valentine’s Day and Bonnie showers Bella with kisses Photograph: Bella Mackie
6. Pushes your partner out of bed. WHO IS THIS PERSON TOUCHING MY PERSON? BE OFF WITH YOU AT ONCE.
7. Chews up your carpet. “It was tacky and you could do much better. I want you to have nicer furnishings.”
8. Chases the ball you throw in the park. The dog is an intelligent, complex animal. It cares not for a rubber ball. It would much rather enjoy the autumnal leaves and the bracing air, but indulges your odd fetish for throwing tennis balls because it loves you.
9. Tries to get in the bath with you. This one might just be my dog though.
10. Wakes you up. Your mutt wants you to get to work on time. They’ve been up all night, staring at the clock, anxiously wondering when they should nudge you.
11. Smiles at you. No, I’m not mad. Yes, my dog definitely smiles at me. Why wouldn’t she? I’m delightful.
12. Vets your dates. If you’re undecided about a new love interest, introduce them to your canine companion. There is no faster way to tell if a person is good enough for you. The dog SEES those cowboy boots, even if you haven’t yet.
13. Snuggles as close as possible to you. Even if you’re doing a tricky yoga position on the floor, or trying to write a piece on deadline (like right now).
14. Follows you. Everywhere. To the loo. Always to the loo.
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15. Sits on your knee. At dinner parties, while working, when watching TV. My dog demands to be picked up, and placed on my knees, from where she surveys the scene (or waits for food).
16. Waits at the window when they sense that you’re coming home. Looking forlornly out, as though waiting for a lover to come home from sea. Even your real lover doesn’t do that.
17. Gets jealous. Dogs get jealous of anything you pay attention to: humans; other dogs; the cat nemesis next door. They want all of you, and will remind you of this constantly.
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18. Brings you the lead. They know you need some exercise. They are right.
19. Eats anything off the floor. “Look, I’m helping you tidy!”
20. Is protective of you. This one is obvious, unless your dog is a pug or a chihuahua, in which case it’s sweet, but also embarrassing in front of men with staffies (see above).
21. Brings you toys every five minutes. How can you not be happy when asked to play tug of war using a stuffed panda in a jaunty outfit?
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22. Lets you cry on them. Bad breakup? Rough day at work? A dog will let you cry buckets all over their lovely warm fur, while possibly licking you at the same time, for extra comfort.
23. Tries to please you, even when they’re ill. That half wag of a tail is one of the most heartbreaking expressions of love you’ll ever see.
24. Tries to please you when you’re ill. Whether it’s a hangover or something more serious, your dog will try and make it better by lying down next to you, and mirroring your movements.
25. Nose rubbing. When my dog is feeling especially loving towards me, she’ll butt my nose with hers. Important: this is not to be confused with the inferior cat nudge.
Ever wonder how much your dog really loves you?
In a new study conducted by Canine Cottages, four different pups were fitted with special heart rate tracking collars to show what gets them excited when interacting with their owners.
Combining the heart rate tracking data from the four dogs over seven days, their average heart rate was 67 bpm. But when the canines were told “I love you” by their owners, their heart rates skyrocketed 46% to 98 bpm.
The research also showed one thing that calms a dog’s heart rate: cuddling.
According to the study, the dogs’ heart rates decreased by 23% on average from 67 bpm to 52 bpm while they were being cuddled by their owners.
Canine Cottages also tracked the owners’ heart rates to compare how much they love their pets. The results showed that their heart rates increased by 10% on average when they saw their dog after being away from them for a period of time.
How exactly do dogs show their affection for their owners? Five simple ways were discovered by veterinarian Dr. Heather Venkat, a head veterinary nurse with Only Pets Cover, and accredited dog trainer Joe Nutkins.
- First, a dog curling up next to its owner, on their lap or at their feet, is a clear and evident sign of love, because pups only lean on people whom they feel comfortable with.
- When dogs are greeted, they’ll likely wag their tail back and forth, jump, and wiggle back to those that they love.
- They can also express affection by bringing a toy, signaling that they trust the person enough to play with them.
- If a dog shows their belly, or sleeps on their back with their chest up, it’s a sign of trust and love. These pooches trust the humans around them enough to put themselves in a vulnerable position.
- Finally, dogs can also show love when they’re in pain by coming to some they trust and holding a paw up or lying next to someone with their head in their lap.
Commenting on the research, Shannon Keary, campaigns manager at Canine Cottages, said: “In the UK we are a nation of dog lovers, but although we know how much we love our pets, we’ve never really known if, or how, our dogs show their affection for us, which is why we conducted this research.”
“It’s amazing to see that our dogs’ heart rates increase when they are told they are loved, showing excitement, and decreases when having cuddles, showing contentedness,” she said. “It’s also interesting to see all the weird and wonderful ways our pets show their love for us. From this data, we can now officially say that our dogs really do love us!”
10 Easy Ways to Show Your Dog Affection
No matter how much we love our furry family members, sometimes life just gets a little too hectic. Showing our dogs the affection we want to — and the affection they deserve — often falls to the wayside.
The truth is, we don’t need tons of extra time in our already packed schedules to show our canine companions how much we care. Letting our dogs know that we love them each and every day can be easy with simple acts and gestures.
Making a few simple adjustments to your normal day can reap big rewards for the relationship between you and your dog. Here are some affectionate activities to try:
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Create Morning Cuddle Time
If you’re already stressed about how crazy your morning routine is, try waking up just five or 10 minutes early to include your dog in it. If you start the day with a quick trip outside with your dog, your pup will come to appreciate the chance to empty his or her bladder the first thing in the morning. “Then, come in the house and spend five extra minutes in bed cuddling with your dog in the morning,” suggests Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. and the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen director. It’ll help set the tone for the rest of the day.
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Leave Toys When You’re Gone
If you have to be gone during the day, make sure your dog has plenty of mental stimulation in your absence. “There are a variety of interactive canine toys into which treats can be stuffed,” says Burch. “The dog stays engaged while working on getting the treat.”
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Let Your Dog Hang Out With You
Even the smallest act — like letting your dog hang around while you work — can help him feel like he’s part of your busy day. “Pets respond to interaction, even the simplest kind,” says Dr. Oscar Chavez, DVM and professor of Veterinary Nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona University. “Allowing your dog to lay on your lap while you work at your desk on that last-minute proposal, or lay at your feet while you type up that project that’s due, is likely enough to remind him you love him — and it gives you great company, too.”
You can also incorporate your pup into your family time to show you care. “When the family is watching television together, invite your dog to be with the family,” says Burch. “You can give the dog an interactive or chew toy to enjoy while human members of your family enjoy a movie.”
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Focus On Touch
While your first instinct may be to hug or pat your dog on the head to show affection, to dogs, these are actually signs of dominance, says Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture. “Instead, try gently massaging their bellies or behind their ears,” she suggests. “Brushing your dog with a soft brush feels great to your pup, and is also a nice way to show affection.”
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Take Quick Walks During the Day
Everyone needs a break from the booked-solid lifestyle, and if you can get outside with your dog during those five minutes, all the better. Of course this suggestion won’t work for everyone, but if you work from home or are lucky enough to bring your dog to work, try taking your pup for a quick five-minute walk during your break times. “Even if it’s short, your dog gets a chance to go outside — which she’ll love — and she can take care of any business, while you get to take a breather and refresh,” says Chavez.
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Pay Attention to Praise
It’s easy to turn our attention on our dogs when they misbehave, but by praising them when they are behaving like perfect angels, simply lying there and being quiet and calm or doing something cute, you’re helping to reinforce their good behavior. “Go over to your dog and give him 30 seconds of love or a healthy treat,” suggests Chavez. “You may also end up having a calmer pet over time if you are consistent about this.”
While we’re at it, you should also pay attention to your tone when conversing with your pet. “Dogs may not understand every word you say, but they do understand a kind, calm demeanor,” adds Barrack.
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Add Training Time to Your Schedule
If you have any wiggle room, even just an hour a week, a training class is a great way to show your dog you care. “Then, you can spend 15 minutes a day practicing what you learned in class,” says Burch. “Plus, trained dogs are more relaxed and have fewer behavioral issues.”
Barrack agrees. “Mental stimulation is important for dogs, too,” she adds. “Work with your dog on basic commands and tricks — dogs appreciate rules and boundaries to help them feel safe and secure.”
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Become Familiar With Body Language
Sometimes it’s not about specific actions we take with our pets but rather the way we tune into what they’re feeling that helps show how much we love them. “By understanding how your dog feels, you can react appropriately and foster a strong bond,” says Barrack. “For example, scared dogs will cower and lower their heads and tuck their tails, whereas angry dogs will have their ears back and hackles raised.”
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Take Them for a Drive
If you’re running an errand that won’t require you leaving the car (like picking someone up, heading through the drive-thru, etc.), why not bring your pup along? “[Many] dogs love car rides, especially when it’s just about riding shotgun and there is no vet visit along the way,” says Chavez. “For them, it beats staying home and they feel like they are part of the mission.” But never leave your dog alone in the car since temperatures can reach dangerously high levels even on cool days.
You love spending time with your dogs, and as fun as a dog obstacle course would be, it can seem unattainable. Luckily, you may already have the materials and equipment for a homemade course around the house. It doesn’t matter if your dog has no practice or if you have no experience training. So many simple tricks are easy for you to teach on your own. Start your course with simple jumps, weave poles, and tunnels, and you’ll both look like professionals in no time.
There are a few things to consider before creating a dog obstacle course. First, make sure you have enough space for each trick you set up (and extra room around it for safety). Anything you design should be easily broken down as well, so your dog doesn’t get injured when practicing. Be patient with his training and you’ll both have a positive experience.
Jumping is a great first activity to teach your dog if you’re both new to obstacle training. And if you have a laundry basket and a curtain rod, you have all the tools you need to make short, beginner jumps for your buddy.
Any extra PVC pipes or cups left over from a plumbing project? These make for a perfect DIY dog obstacle course building tool. The best way to set up a jump is with movable rungs so that you can easily raise or lower the height at whichever level your dog is learning. For help on creating a jump from PVC pipes, here are some from Instructables.
Do you have a hula hoop or a poodle “noodle”? Both of these are soft and collapsible enough to use in a jumping obstacle. When first training your pup, you can simply hold the circle at the desired height while signaling your dog to jump through.
All jumping obstacles need to be collapsible. You don’t want your pup to get injured if he can’t make it through.
Do you have small orange cones from when your children played soccer? These would make a perfect weaving course for your dog obstacle course. Set the cones up the way you’d arrange them for a pickup football or soccer game.
Have you ever used poles that look like candy canes to decorate your home for the holidays? If so, perfect! Though he’s obviously taller than the cones, your dog will clearly understand the weaving path with these lightweight poles.
You want your weave poles to be secure enough that they don’t fall over every time your dog darts past one. Similar to the jumps, however, they should be lightweight enough for him to stay unharmed if he runs into one. Don’t space them too close together or too far apart.
Start slow by letting him walk through the cones before trying to get him to run. You can either train him by walking him on a leash through each of the cones rewarding him when he completes the task, or you can hold out a treat and have him follow it through the cones. Be sure to use consistent verbal or hand commands when training so that he will associate your commands with the actions you are asking of him.
There are many options for creating a tunnel with household items. Do your children have play tunnels they’ve since outgrown? These lightweight collapsible corridors are perfect for dog training. Plus, when you aren’t using them they can be stored easily and take up very little room.
Dogs who are completely new to tunnel training could find the same enjoyment in a cardboard box with the bottom removed. You might need to provide extra support to the box when your pup is using it. You can always start with shorter tunnels, no more than four or five feet in length, until he gets used to the idea of walking through it.
If your dog has never practiced any agility training before with tunnels, he may be hesitant to try it. Just be encouraging. Get on your hands and knees, go through the tunnel yourself, and your dog will follow. You can also try placing treats at the front, middle and end of the tunnel to encourage your new athlete to go through. Again, with all other training, be consistent in your verbal commands to help your pup understand that you want him to go through the tunnel.
Ramps can be another fun addition to your dog obstacle course. Some large plywood and cinder blocks can make a simple ramp for him to race up and down, but be certain that they are secure and will withstand your dog running up or down them without shifting to help keep him safe.
Change Things Up
As your pooch starts to get a hang of things and makes it through each obstacle simply following your verbal commands or hand gestures, change up the order of the obstacles. This will help him better understand that each obstacle has its own commands, rather than simply following the same path he learned on.
Want to make things a little more fun? Add in a couple of additional extra features to your canine obstacle course, such as having him fetch a tennis ball for you at the end or jump into a kiddie pool to retrieve a floating toy. If you’re practicing in the warm summer months, consider adding some sprinklers to the course to keep him cool– just be careful to avoid getting the ramps wet so he doesn’t slip and hurt himself.
However you decide to set up your obstacle course, your dog will enjoy all the fun that it brings. Plus, it will help give him needed exercise and you’ll get endless joy watching him bound from obstacle to obstacle. After a while you can start to time him and see how quickly he can maneuver the course; you never know, he might just turn into a professional.
How to Deal with a Fearful Dog
He further described that fear as “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror,” which makes it sound pretty scary. When we feel fear ourselves, it can be paralyzing, preventing us from doing anything about it. And when we see other humans in fear, particularly children, our first, instinctual response is to comfort them, tell them it will be all right, and try to make the fear go away.
When it comes to our dogs, though, this is exactly the wrong thing to do.
This is because a dog relates your behavior to whatever it is doing in the moment, and it’s how positive reinforcement training works. If you want to teach a dog to “shake,” you have to associate that behavior with a reward until the dog instinctively knows, “If I do this with my paw, something good happens.”
Affection is a Reward
To our dogs, affection is a reward. By comforting a fearful dog, you are rewarding what it’s doing in that moment: being scared. You cannot explain to a dog why it shouldn’t be scared, or tell the dog that the frightening thing won’t hurt it or is going away soon — they do not have the cognitive abilities to understand those concepts. What they do understand is, “I’m terrified and it’s getting me a reward. My humans wants me to do this.”
Over time, a timid, back-of-the-pack dog can be turned into a skittish, terrified animal because of humans unintentionally rewarding him when he’s in a negative energy state. Dogs don’t need love when they’re fearful; they need leadership.
Dogs exhibit what’s called allelomimetic behavior. What this means in simple language is that they learn by imitating. Normally, this kind of learning only happens between members of the same species, but because of the special relationship between dogs and humans, they also learn by imitating us.
This is why remaining calm and assertive when your dog is fearful is the key to helping them get over that fear — if they see that you aren’t scared by that loud noise or passing skateboarder or whatever, it will make them more confident. If their Pack Leader is ignoring the scary thing, then maybe it isn’t really that scary.
Remember, dogs have four instinctive responses to stimuli in the environment: fight, flight, avoidance, and surrender. A fearful dog exhibits either avoidance or flight: they try to either actively ignore or run away from the stimulus completely. Now we don’t want fight, which can sometimes be an extreme fear reaction — this is the classic “cornered animal” attacking viciously even though it’s scared to death. We want surrender, which is the dog simply accepting the stimulus without having a strong reaction to it.
It’s that calm, assertive energy that leads a dog to surrender, and this is the proper way to approach your fearful dog — with energy and actions, not words; by showing and not saying, “I’m in charge here. Everything is okay.”
There’s one other way in which we can make a dog’s fear worse, and that’s to feel fear ourselves. Remember, dogs learn by imitating, and a fearful Pack Leader will lead to an unbalanced and unpredictable dog. The dog may shut down completely in a terrified state, or she may become extremely aggressive toward anyone or anything that approaches.
This is because, when the human is fearful, the leadership role is empty and a dog’s natural reaction is to take over. To the dog, there has to be a Pack Leader. In the worst case scenario, it can take one incident of a dog reacting with fearful aggression to create a feedback loop that just makes things worse: The dog lunges at someone on the walk; the human becomes afraid that this will happen again; the human’s fear over the behavior does make it happen again; the human becomes more fearful and the process repeats.
A fearful dog does not need comforting and definitely does not need the human sharing in that fear. A fearful dog needs a calm, assertive leader. We can’t tell our dogs that everything is going to be okay with words, but we can definitely show them with our actions and energy.
Every year, Spotify releases a few special playlists that auto-generate based on your tastes. They’re fun extras that let you share your unique tastes with friends and even discover new tracks.
One of the most popular of these playlists is the Pet Playlist. Based on musicology research and a pet-focused survey that Spotify conducted, the Pet Playlist generates a list of songs that you’ll enjoy, and your pet might too. The playlist’s songs are picked according to what kind of pet you have and their personality.
Here’s how to make a Spotify Pet Playlist, and get jamming with your small friends.
How to make a Spotify Pet Playlist
You can do this on your computer or phone, but it doesn’t use the actual Spotify app.
1. In an internet browser, head to Spotify’s Pet Playlist homepage and click Let’s Go. If you haven’t already, you’ll be asked to log into your Spotify account.
2. Pick what kind of pet you have, and then click Next. You can choose a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.
3. Use the sliders to describe your pet’s personality. You’ll have to pick between Relaxed or Energetic, Shy or Friendly, and Apathetic or Curious.
6. Finally, type in your pet’s name and — if you like — upload a picture of them.
7. Spotify will take a moment to generate your playlist. Once it’s done, click Listen Now to start playing it. You can also click the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram icons to share a preview of your playlist on social media.
Once you click Listen Now, the playlist will be saved to your Spotify Library so you can easily find it again.
You can make doggie donuts and frozen pupsicles in flavors like peanut butter, pumpkin, bacon, and more.
You know your pup loves treats — and even more so, you know she loves treats that look like people food. Seriously, how else could you explain that face she gives you every time you prepare a snack? It turns out, making your own homemade dog treats is easier than you think. Your pup might even love them extra after seeing — and smelling! — them being prepared in the kitchen. No matter your dog’s size, whether she’s small, medium, or large, we guarantee she’ll love to indulge (just make make sure you buy appropriate-sized treat molds).
You can find everything you need to make these homemade dog treats at your local grocery store — and could even eat any of them yourself if you felt like it. We’ve included dog treats you can bake in the oven, as well as ones you can chill in the refrigerator or freezer. These treats include a range of flavors too, from peanut butter and bacon to veggie broth and carrot. You can avoid any food allergies your dog has and cater to her unique dietary needs, although you should contact her vet with any specific concerns. Before you know it, your pup will love these treats even more than her favorite dog toys.
Is your dog scared of thunderstorms, loud noises, strange people — or a bit of everything? Here are some strategies to try to help your fearful pet overcome some of the common triggers.
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Imagine that your sweet dog is relaxing at your feet as you settle in to watch your favorite TV show. Just as the show starts getting good, a clap of thunder sounds. All of a sudden, your terrified dog starts to bark and run for cover.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, you’ve probably wondered how you should handle the situation. Here’s an overview on how to help your scared dog overcome his fears.
What are some of the most common dog fears?
Many sounds, places and things may trigger worry and anxiety in your pet. Some of these fears are rational. For instance, it would be natural and appropriate for your dog to be fearful in a situation in which he is approached by a stranger in a threatening manner.
However, dogs are also often afraid of things that are in no way dangerous to them. In fact, some of the most common dog fears include loud noises, loud people, other dogs and changes in weather such as a thunderstorm, says Dr. Denise Petryk, a technical services veterinarian in Canada. If your dog comes into contact with any of their triggers, they may have a mild fear response, which could include trembling, hiding or putting his tail between their legs. On the other hand, they could also have a severe panic reaction in which they lose control and could potentially harm themselves or others.
What may cause your dog to have these fears?
The reasons that dogs develop fears are as varied as the fears themselves. According to Petryk, it’s difficult — and sometimes impossible — to determine the source of these negative reactions to certain triggers. “Some fears are learned as an attention-seeking disorder, and some fears come from association with a bad experience,” she says.
Your dog might even develop a fear later on in life. According to Petryk, “some dogs become more sensitive with age, or they react to our behavior.” For example, she says that though your dog might not have had any issues with thunder in the past, one bad storm could have the potential to send them cowering.
How can you help your dog overcome their fear?
“Unfortunately, there are no easy answers when it comes to helping fearful dogs,” says Petryk. As such, it might take some trial and error to determine what works best for your pet. Here are four things you should try:
1. Make sure you’re not encouraging the fear
If you see your scared dog in distress, your natural reaction may be to comfort them. For instance, you might want to pet them or put them on your lap. Unfortunately, in your dog’s eyes, this type of reaction may seem like a reward. As such, your pet may feel encouraged to continue displaying this type of fearful behavior. Instead of comforting your dog, you should try to remain as calm as possible. Though you shouldn’t reward your dog for engaging in this type of behavior, you shouldn’t punish them either.
2. Swaddle your pet
“Products like the ThunderShirt can work well,” says Petryk. With these types of products, you can swaddle your furry friend in much the same way as you would swaddle a newborn baby. This process provides your dog with constant, gentle pressure that they may find comforting.
3. Expose your pet to the fear in a controlled setting
If your pet is scared of a certain noise, you might be able to help them overcome the fear by desensitizing them to it. This process involves exposing your dog to the noise in a controlled setting. “But it is safest to work with a professional dog trainer or behavior specialist,” warns Petryk. If you do not seek out professional guidance, you run the risk of making the problem even worse.
4. Take your pet to the vet
According to Petryk, you should “discuss any fear or phobias your dog seems to have with a veterinarian who knows you and your dog.” Your vet can rule out a medical problem that could be contributing to the fearful reaction and prescribe a treatment plan. “Your veterinarian might recommend a ThunderShirt, a trainer and some medication,” says Petryk. If you have a pet sitter or board your pet, be sure to communicate their specific needs in the case that they become fearful.
Do you have a scared cat on your hand as well? Check out How to soothe your scared cat.
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Essay on My Pet Dog: A dog is known as man’s best friend because of the way dogs are loyal and friendly to their masters. Just like every dog owner, children love dogs more than anything in the world. It’s not just about children, anyone with a pure heart simply can not deny that they love dogs, unless they are actually allergic to dogs. For the families that have dogs, they are not just pet animals, but a true member of their family. Through this essay on My Pet Dog, we will be talking about all the adorable and lovely things that dogs do.
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Essay on My Pet dog german shepherd. My pet dog is my best friend in the whole world. My dog is not just like every other dog in the street, it is a special dog that loves me unconditionally. I found the dog with my parents when I was walking from school one day.
How did I Meet My Pet Dog?
It was around 10 o clock in the night and it was raining cats and dogs in our street. Everyone was inside the comfort of their homes and me and my mom ran back to our house to save ourselves from getting drenched. I asked my mom to make me some hot onion pakodas. It would be like heaven to have pakodas during heavy rains. Hot pakodas on cold and rainy days are the best part of my school days. The pakodas arrived and I and my father sat on the balcony having a good conversation while eating those delicious pakodas. But there was meagre moaning somewhere near my house that we could bearly hear. My father and I got worried. We thought something might be wrong and went outside to check upon.
And there he was, Raamu, my pet dog and my best friend in the whole world, abandoned by someone near the rainwater drainage pipe next to our house. I could barely see puppy as cute and innocent as Raamu, shivering and fully drenched in that cold rainy night. I felt bad for the dog and gave my pakodas and some bread to him. He ate it in a matter of just a few seconds. Then I and my father decided to take him home. We gave him good food and a hot shower and washed him with my own towel. This was 2 years back.
And ever since that lucky rainy night, Raamu is with us and he is our family now. When someone asks how many people are there in your family, I always say we are four of us, my mom, my dad, and my Ramu.
Why I Love My Pet Dog?
As I am writing this essay on my pet dog, Raamu is enjoying a good game of ball with my dad in the lawn area. There are many reasons why I love Ramu and one small essay on my pet dog will not be sufficient to express my love and affection for him. Nevertheless, I will try to write all the reason why I love my pet dog
- My dog is incredibly and unconditionally loyal to me. He loves me as much as I love him or sometimes more
- He is like the best teddy bear to cuddle with
- We always play catch outside my house or sometimes in the park
- He and I always sleep together on my bed and he wakes me up before anyone else in the house
- He is the reason I am active and good at exercise. He will never let me be lazy. Whenever possible, we always keep playing some or the other games with him
- Whenever I fight with my parents on friends, Raamu, my pet dog will always be there with me to support me and shower unconditional love on me
- He is the first person to be happy whenever I come back home from school. He will cuddle and lick all over my face and show me how much he missed me while I was gone
Ramu is not just our family member, he is the most clever member of our family. He will play games with us, keep all our family members together with his love and cuddles and also he keeps thieves and uninvited guests out of our home. My pet dog is the best thing ever that has happened to me in my life.
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My pet dog is my best friend in the world. We sleep together, eat together, play together and also love our mom and dad together. He is not just our pet dog but my brother and an important member of my family.
The unconditional love and loyalty he shows to us are never seen in anybody that I know off. He is the cutest person in our family, including me, and loves to take photos with me all the time.
We found him near our house on the streets, on a rainy night and ever since that cold and scary night, he has been with us and has become an important part of my life. He is always the first one to greet me whenever I come back home from outside. He is a foodie who likes to eat pedigree and biscuits. He also eats curd rice sometimes. He eats three times a day with me and sleeps twice or sometimes thrice whenever he is tired after playing outside. He not only loves our family but also acts as a guardian to our house and helps in keeping thieves and bad people away from us. My pet dog is named as Raamu and I love him very much.
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- My pet dog is my best friend in the whole world
- My pet dog shows unconditional love and loyalty towards me and my family
- He is an important member of a family and not just a pet
- I have learned how to be happy and joyful in life from my pet dog
- He guards our house against thieves and unwanted people
- It is because of the pet dog that I get to play outside every single day
- I have learned to live in the moment and not think about the future from my pet dog
- My pet dog in my brother, best friend and family
- Whenever I am feeling low, my dog cheers me up and helps me get back on my feet
- One thing I have learned from my pet dog is to forgive ourselves and everyone around us and embrace our lives with love and affection
FAQ’s on Essay On My Pet Dog
Which dog is the best for a pet?
Every dog is the best for pet. Whether it is a street dog or a bred one, the love and affection we get is the same
Do dogs have emotions?
Just like us human beings, dogs are capable of all types of emotions like angry, sad and happy
What life lessons do dogs teach us?
To forgive things and be happy and content in life with what we have and to show unconditional love and loyalty with no strings attached are some of the most important life lessons dogs can teach us
Is it costly to raise a dog?
Financially, it hardly costs anything extra to raise a dog as your pet. Dogs are some of the most loving animals on earth. All it requires is love and affection to raise them
Here is why.
I have seen how having an animal in your life can make things much better for all concerned. Please be open to considering some reasons why.
- A pet’s love never fails. No matter what, the animal that you have bonded with will always love you and remember you. Even if you cannot return that unconditional love, just knowing that it is there will make your life better.
- Caring for something other than yourself is emotionally healthy. Giving and getting a little love, even if you have to say “off the couch” 270 times a day, can take your mind off your troubles and help you to see what’s really real.
- It is also physically healthy. If you have a dog, you need to take it (and you) on walks. Cesar Millan says that dogs are happiest when they are walking. And it’s common knowledge that taking regular walks is also good for your heart and brain health.
- An animal in your life will help ease your suffering. If you are dealing with depression, trauma, or anxiety, having a pet will make things better. The relationship is pure healing. There is even a reality show about how dogs can help Veterans dealing with PTSD and parolees trying to work their way back into society.
- You may not think you have the energy to care for a pet. I have a friend who has been battling cancer for a decade. She got a tiny puppy about a year before it started, and that dog has, without a doubt, helped keep her alive. Even at her weakest, just having her loving pup by her side is such a comfort.
- Yes, animals do die first. Or, if you move into a place that does not allow animals, you may have to give away your pet. Yes, losing your pet is very painful, but when you think about how much love this animal gave you while with you, it’s totally worth the pain of loss.
- No, pets are not replaceable. Rescuing little Foxy has made things much nicer for our family, but I still miss my Mercy and think of her every day. The connection we had was heart to heart, and caring for her that last year truly changed me. Instead of replacing her, I rescued another with no expectations.
- Just the act of petting a creature lowers your blood pressure and helps you relax. Next time you are feeling out of sorts, I recommend going to your local shelter and giving some love to an animal there. You won’t have to take it home, but notice how you feel when the two of you are exchanging emotional energy. And don’t be surprised if you do adopt!
- Saving a life will make yours better. Some people prefer their new puppy to be from a pet store or bred brand new on a farm, but what about the used ones? All my animals have been rescues, and they are as sweet as can be. All of them have been young, 1 or 2 years old at most, so I’ve gotten to have them for a long time. Besides, if you’ve ever raised a puppy, you know how hard that can be!
- Maybe you think you don’t have enough room in your heart. You may already have a family to love, and that is totally wonderful. But you may want to consider adding an animal into the mix. I’m sure if you ask your family, they will agree that pets only add more love. They never take it away.
If you want more love in your life, consider a pet. I know not everybody is an animal lover, but if you think you might be, don’t deprive yourself of this wonderful gift to humanity.
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You love your dog with a devotion that may rival how you feel about any person. But does your dog feel the same way about you? When your dog gazes up at you adoringly, is that genuine dog devotion, or is he simply wondering when you’ll serve him his next meal? If you ever wonder if those doggy kisses and cuddles are simply meant to butter up his meal ticket, don’t worry. The bond you share with your dog is indeed mutual, and dog loyalty is very real.
Why Dogs Are So Loyal
Dogs are naturally loving and affectionate, points out Cesar’s Way. Their pack animal nature makes it easy for dogs to develop strong bonds with those they perceive as members of their pack. But dogs don’t just develop bonds to other dogs. A scroll through your Facebook feed on any given day will likely turn up videos showing dogs who’ve struck up friendships with all sorts of unlikely animals, including foxes, deer, tortoises, pigs, ducks, wild seals and river otters! And anyone who has a multi-species household knows that, far from being natural enemies, dogs and cats can be the best of friends. It’s pretty clear that dogs are social animals, but the bond formed between dogs and humans seems to go a lot deeper than simply enjoying our company.
The Dog-Human Bond
The symbiotic relationship dogs have developed with humans — taking care of their physical needs in exchange for canine companionship — goes back several millennia and certainly plays a part in the bond humans share with dogs. But that doesn’t explain the lengths a dog will go to for his human. Studies examining the dog-human relationship have found that over such a long time of living so closely with people, dogs have developed the ability to empathize with human beings, read our body language and facial expressions, and develop their own ways of communicating with us, says Psychology Today.
Shining Examples of Dog Devotion
It’s easy to see how devoted your dog is when you come home after a long workday — or maybe just after running a quick errand — and your dog greets you at the door as if he hasn’t seen you in ages and this is the best moment of his life. But what seems more amazing is the way dogs appear to not only remember us, but actively miss us during a long absence. You’ve no doubt seen the myriad Internet videos of dogs being reunited with their military humans after a long tour of duty — and you’ve also no doubt shed a tear or two as you’ve witnessed the joy each dog feels at the reunion. There’s also story after story of lost dogs finding their ways home to their beloved families, sometimes trekking across several states to get there. A dog’s devotion doesn’t end with their owner’s passing, either. More than one story has gone viral involving dogs standing vigil at their deceased owners’ caskets or refusing to leave their grave sites.
But some dogs really go above and beyond to show their loyalty and devotion, even at the cost of their own safety. Recently, one golden retriever was hailed as a hero for saving her elderly owner from freezing to death after the man slipped and fell in the snow. The dog stayed with him, using her body to keep him warm and barking continually until help arrived, reports CBS News. Stories like these abound, showing that the bond of love and devotion between dogs and humans is a special one indeed.
Most Loyal Dog Breeds
Now you might be asking yourself if certain breeds are more loyal dogs. The truth is that all dogs are pack creatures and are devoted to whomever they see as their leader. So, while some breeds may seem more affectionate or willing to please their pet parent than others, all dogs are capable of being loyal. So, if you really want to know what the most loyal dog breeds are, just a take a look at, well, any of them! The important part for getting a dog that has unconditional love for you is to properly socialize him, spend time with him and shower him with lots of love. The more you show him love, the more likely he is to show it back to you. So the next time you look at your dog and see those adoring brown eyes gazing back at you, you can be certain that the love you perceive in his gaze is the real deal.
Jean Marie Bauhaus
Jean Marie Bauhaus is a pet parent, pet blogger and novelist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she usually writes under the supervision of a lapful of furbabies.
We recently learned that your dog most likely lovingly dreams of you, so it should be no surprise that you are on their mind almost all of the time.
To get an idea of just how your pup thinks and feels, Dr. Brian Hare has dedicated his life to studying canine cognition and its eccentricities. He has recently teamed up with Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind, a dog food dedicated to improving your pet’s cognitive function, to help owners figure out what’s really going on in their dog’s brain.
Dr. Hare has answered some of the burning canine cognition questions many curious dog lovers have to strengthen the bond between humans and their pups even further.
Does my dog know how much I love him?
Yes, your dog knows how much you love him! Dogs and humans have a very special relationship, where dogs have hijacked the human oxytocin bonding pathway normally reserved for our babies. When you stare at your dog, both your oxytocin levels go up, the same as when you pet them and play with them. It makes you both feel good and reinforces your bonding. Does your dog ever stare at you for no reason? They are just “hugging you” with their eyes.
Are dogs known to go through depression like humans?
It is very possible for dogs to become depressed. After 9/11 it was reported that many of the search and rescue dogs were suffering from depression-like symptoms because they could never find any survivors, only bodies. Their handlers would stage “fake” finds so that the dogs would cheer up and keep searching. Additionally, dogs do tend to become attached to their owners and will behave differently when that person is not around. Given their great capacity for empathy, dogs can also respond to their owners’ moods and feelings, like depression.
How many words can a dog actively understand?
This is one of the big recent discoveries in the canine cognition science community. Some dogs can learn “object labels” or words the same way as humans infants. So these dogs are not learning through trial and error or repetition, but learning through inference. They use a strategy called the “principle of exclusion” and, just as with humans, the researchers did not find an upper limit to the number of words these dogs can learn. Dogs are the only species other than humans that have been found to have this ability. Now the question is whether all dogs can do this, or only some.
How much do we know about dogs’ abilities to make decisions? Do dogs problem solve?
Dogs problem solve all of the time, although they all approach and solve problems in their own way. One of the exciting things about cognitive science is that it allows us to examine dogs’ minds, just by observing how they make choices. For instance, if I hide food under one of two cups, then point to the empty cup, a dog that follows my point is a social problem solver — he wants to cooperate with me to solve the problem. But a dog that chooses the cup where they saw me put the food originally is relying on his memories instead.
Is there something you’ve found that owners can do to support their dogs’ brain health and mental well-being?
Dogs are just like us; they need a good diet, lots of exercise and mental stimulation. It sounds simple, but doing these three things can really help your dog reach his full potential. Nutrition, in particular, becomes especially important around age 7 when the glucose metabolism in his brain begins to change. I feed my dog Tassie Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+, which contains enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs seven and older. I also make sure he gets lots of exercise for both his body and mind, with long walks, swimming and playing our Dognition games.
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Dogs are everywhere, so preventing dog bites is a necessity. Although some dogs are friendlier than others, any dog is capable of biting, regardless of its breed or size. Even the nicest dog may snap or bite when it’s injured or afraid.
All children and adults should learn how to keep themselves safe around dogs, but it’s important to understand that the dog’s owner is ultimately responsible for its behavior. Fortunately, it’s possible to stop your dog from biting someone if you take the proper measures. Responsible dog ownership and education of the public are the keys to keeping everyone safe.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Most often, dogs bite people when they feel threatened in some way. It’s a natural instinct that’s still present in domesticated dogs. This is why it’s important for everyone who interacts with a dog to understand what may provoke this aggressive behavior.
- A dog may bite to defend itself, its territory, or a member of its pack. A mother dog fiercely protects her puppies as well.
- Startling a dog by waking it up or suddenly approaching it from behind can provoke it to bite.
- Running away from a dog, even during play, can likewise provoke a bite. The dog may think it’s part of the fun, or running away could trigger herding behavior or predatory pursuit in some breeds.
- A dog that’s in a fearful situation may bite anyone who approaches it. Such a situation may be something as severe as being abused or abandoned by the side of the road, or it may be something you perceive as ordinary such as a loud noise.
- Injury and illness are common reasons as well. If a dog isn’t feeling well or is in pain, it may not even want to be approached or touched by its favorite people.
Understand dog body language and the fact that most dogs show specific warning signs before biting. These include growling, snapping, raised fur, a rigid posture, and rapid tail wagging. Stay aware of these as a dog owner and when interacting with any dog.
How to Stop Dog Bites
As a dog owner, you must take responsibility for training your dog and keeping it under control at all times. You’re responsible for your dog’s behavior and are the first line of defense in preventing dog bites. It’s important that you do whatever you can to keep others safe and keep your dog from biting:
- Put your dog through basic training at the very least and continue to keep up your dog’s training program throughout its life to reinforce the lessons you’ve taught it.
- Socialize your dog. Allow your dog to meet and interact with different types of people, including children, disabled people, and older people under calm, positive circumstances.
- Expose your dog regularly to a variety of situations such as other dogs, loud noises, large machines, bicycles, or anything else that might spark fear. Start this training with your dog at the youngest age possible and keep the experiences positive.
- Pay attention to your dog and know when things may be leading to aggression. If you can’t control the situation or your dog’s behavior, you may have to remove your dog before things get out of hand.
- Don’t discipline your dog by using physical, violent, or aggressive punishment. Opt for positive reinforcement—praise and treats—before resorting to the use of aversives, such as shock collars and loud noises, to discipline undesirable behavior. Consistently rewarding your dog for desirable behavior is far more effective because dogs aim to please their people.
- Always keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced area. Know your dog well before letting it off its leash in permitted areas. Keep your dog in sight at all times.
- If you suspect or know that your dog has fearful or aggressive tendencies, always warn others. Don’t allow your dog to approach people and other animals unless the situation is strictly controlled. Use a muzzle if necessary.
- Keep your dog’s vaccinations current, especially its rabies vaccination, and visit your vet routinely for wellness checkups.
How to Interact Safely With a Dog
Dogs are cute and often friendly, so it’s easy to get excited when you see one. However, a dog can quickly turn on someone it doesn’t know.
Even if you don’t have a dog of your own, it’s important for you and other people in your sphere, including children, to know how to interact with dogs and how and when to approach one.
- Never try to approach or touch an unfamiliar dog without first asking for the owner’s permission. If the dog’s owner isn’t present, don’t go near the dog.
- Never approach a dog that’s eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies. Dogs in these situations are more likely to be protective and are easily startled.
- Don’t approach, touch, or attempt to move an injured dog. Instead, contact a veterinary professional or animal control for assistance.
- Never leave a young child or a baby alone with any dog for any reason.
- When you’re meeting an unknown dog, allow the dog to come to you. Crouch down or turn to the side. Let it sniff your hand before you pet it.
- Don’t put your face near an unknown dog; this includes “hugs and kisses.”
- If you’re cornered by a dog, remain still and avoid eye contact. Never run or scream. When the dog stops paying attention to you, slowly back away.
- If you’re knocked over by a dog, fall to your side in a fetal position and cover your head and face. Remain very still and calm.
If Your Dog Bites Someone
If your dog bites a person, it’s important to act quickly. First, confine the dog and then immediately assist the victim. The victim should wash the bite thoroughly with soap and warm water, if possible, and then seek immediate medical attention.
Hello I was asked to create the following:
Create a Dog class that keeps track of a dog’s
Have the following methods available to use:
Create a DogTester class to test each of the methods above
I am following a template of this done before but I am getting confused, this is what I have so far Dog class:
I am confused as what it would want from the public void constructors and also as to how to set up a tester for these
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A constructor is not “void”, nor does it really “return” anything. When you do:
This allocates space for a Dog object and calls the constructor to initialize it.
To test the constructor, all you really need to do is test to make sure that the constructor is behaving as it should. Define some clear rules for the state the constructor needs to leave a Dog in (these are commonly called “postconditions”). In your case, looking at the code, it seems that for a new Dog :
- The name must be set to the parameter passed to the constructor.
- The age and weight are initialized to 0.
So all you need to do then is, after constructing a new Dog , verify that those conditions are true. Get the dogs name, see if it is the expected value. Get the age and weight, make sure they are zero. If so, then your constructor stuck to the “contract” you defined, and your test passed.
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Dogs are eager students from the time that they’re very young (some breeders even begin basic training with pups as young as five weeks old), so it’s never too early to begin training.
You can start your puppy off on the right paw by teaching good manners from the moment you bring him home. Every interaction that you have with your puppy is a learning opportunity, and with gentle guidance, you can help him understand important lessons like how to greet new friends without jumping up, how to wait quietly for dinner and what to do with those puppy teeth.
Interacting with your dog in a way that seamlessly weaves manners into his everyday life sets the stage for future training. Plus it’s easier to add positive behaviors to your puppy’s repertoire than it is to “un-train” negative ones.
Common Reasons for Training
The most obvious reasons for training your dog are to instill good behaviors and prevent inappropriate ones from developing, but there are many other reasons why working with your dog is important, such as:
- Life skills: Training your dog gives the two of you a common language and teaches your dog how to navigate our world.
- Freedom: Training is your dog’s passport to the world. The well-trained dog can go to more places, meet more people and have more adventures because he follows the rules.
- Ambassador skills: Dogs and humans alike enjoy being around a polite pup that knows how to hang.
- Peace of mind: When your dog has mastered training, you don’t have to worry that he’s going to run out the door and not come home or drag you down the street until your shoulder is sore.
- Bonding: Working through basic training exercises as a team helps to cement your relationship with your new best friend.
- Mental exercise: Dogs need to work their bodies and their brains. Even though many basic training lessons don’t require much physical exertion, the mental aspect of figuring out the exercise can tire even the most active puppies.
When to Start Dog Training
The specifics as to when a puppy should attend formal training have shifted to take the critical periods of dog socialization into account. Traditional advice suggested waiting until a puppy receives a full series of vaccinations, but it’s now understood that the risk of under-socialization during this important developmental period far outweighs the risk of potential illness. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, puppies can start socialization classes as early as seven to eight weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least seven days prior to the first class and a first deworming and should be kept up-to-date on vaccines.
Accepted Methods for Training
Dog training has changed a great deal in the past 25 years, and we now know much more about how dogs learn and the most effective ways to motivate them. While dog training in the past relied on being the “alpha” in the relationship and required equipment like correction collars (or choke collars), behavioral science proves that it’s much more effective to use positive reinforcement training, where training is a team activity with both parties working together to achieve goals.
Positive-reinforcement is the methodology suggested by humane organizations, veterinary associations and dog trainers alike. This type of training focuses on rewarding desired behaviors using something that the dog values (typically treats), removing the reward for undesired behaviors and not using physical punishment or fear to bring about behavioral change.
Clicker training is a wonderful way to utilize the power of positive reinforcement. The clicker, a small device that makes a precise noise, effectively marks when your dog has performed the correct action that will pay off with a food reward. Once your dog has mastered the behavior, you can wean them off of the clicker and put it away until it’s time to teach something new. Clicker training can be used for everything from teaching the basics like “sit,” “down” and “come” to more complex behavioral modification for challenges like leash aggression.
Tools Needed For Dog Training
To begin training your dog, you’ll need to following:
- A dog collar or dog harness: choose a collar or harness that doesn’t pinch or tighten. Your dog should feel comfortable in his collar.
- A fixed-length dog leash: opt for a leash that’s between four and six feet; anything shorter might not give your dog enough space to find the right potty spot and anything longer might be difficult to manage.
- Dog treats: use something moist and meaty that your dog really loves.
- A dog clicker: a training tool that makes the process seem like a game.
- A crate: this is your dog’s second home when you can’t watch him and will be used for potty training.
Potty training is a behavior your dog can learn quickly, provided that you supervise your puppy, stick to a schedule and reward successes. Supervision requires that you pay close attention to your dog at all times so that you can pick up on pre-potty signals. Use a properly sized crate for those times when you can’t actively supervise your puppy, as well as for nap time and bedtime. Scheduling your puppy’s life will help make his days pleasantly predictable and will enable you to better track his potty habits. Schedule his meals, nap times, play times and, of course, his trips outside. Finally, make sure to accompany your puppy outside for every potty trip and give him a small treat immediately after he finishes his elimination. If you wait until you get back in the house, your puppy won’t make the connection between his potty and the treat. Find more tips, check out “How to Potty Train Your Dog.”
When to Call a Professional
Training should be a pleasure for both you and your dog. Granted, there are often challenges as you work towards better manners but if you find yourself becoming frequently frustrated with your dog, it’s time to get help. Frustration is only a few degrees away from anger and you probably won’t be able to make progress trying to train your dog when you’re feeling upset.
You should also consider bringing in a professional if your dog exhibits behavior that makes you nervous (like growling or biting), particularly if you have young children in your home. It’s safest to begin behavioral modification with a professional when a dog first starts exhibiting troublesome behaviors rather than waiting for them to take root. As the expression goes, dog rarely grow out of problem behaviors, they grow into them.
Finally, it’s okay to admit that you need a cheerleader to support you as your train your dog. A good trainer will help you troubleshoot setbacks, give you a gentle push if you get stuck and most importantly, help you achieve your goals. Having someone hold you accountable is a great way to ensure that you and your dog get all of the training you need!
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All dogs are good dogs, but not all dogs are good service dogs. Some service dogs-in-training fail to make it through the process—usually because they’re just not fit for the different roles a service dog has to play. This is great news for the rest of us because those who “fail” service dog training almost always go up for adoption.
Adopting a failed service dog is just one other way that you can go about providing a home for an animal in need. Many organizations source their dogs from rescue groups, and adopting them out directly is a way to keep them from going back into the shelter system. You may have a few more hoops to jump through than going the traditional shelter route (and you’ll probably have to wait a while), but if it’s something you’re interested in, it’s definitely worth looking into. Here’s what to know before starting this process.
Why Dogs Fail Service Dog Training
Being a service dog is a big job, and not all pups are cut out for it. The reasons are either health-related or behavior-related. Health-wise, dogs may suffer from eye issues like cataracts, joint problems, or have food or other allergies that make it difficult for them to be on top of their game at all times. Behaviorally, things like too much energy, too much friendliness with strangers, or difficulties on leash can disqualify a dog from service training.
On the bright side, a dog who is unqualified for service may be the perfect pup for someone who’s simply looking for a pet. Remember that service dogs are working dogs whose handlers rely on them to perform very important tasks, from guiding them through public spaces to sniffing out bombs in airports. Pets, on the other hand, have a lot less responsibility. Things like allergies or too much energy don’t discount their ability to love and be loved, which is essentially the job of our animal companions.
How to Adopt a Failed Service Dog
There are many national dog organizations that adopt out canines who fail to make it through training. You’ll often see these dogs referred to as “career change dogs,” since they’re simply changing careers from service animal to pet.
Some of the most popular service dog organizations with adoption programs include Service Dogs Inc., Freedom Service Dogs of America, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Guide Dogs of America, though there are plenty more.
Prices to adopt a career change dog range from $0 to $1,000+. The high prices can be attributed to high demand, as well as the professional training that the dogs receive up until the point of adoption. Speaking of high demand, these organizations often have way more potential adopters than dogs ready to be re-homed. You may have to wait months—or even years—for a dog to become available, which is a very long time if you’re ready to add a new animal companion to your family.
To find adoption requirements, visit the websites of service dog organizations you are interested in. There you’ll see details about what they require and whether any dogs are currently available. You’ll also find links to fill out adoption applications. Be sure to read all of the provided details before applying, and to become familiar with the adoption process and the associated fee.
If you have any questions, just call the organization directly. They’ll almost always be glad to answer any lingering inquiries that you have or give you more information on their individual adoption procedures.
Is Adopting a Failed Service Dog Right for You?
When it comes to getting a new pet, adoption is always the right way to go. As to whether you should adopt a dog right from the shelter or get a career change dog from a service organization, it’s up to you—both are great ways to make a difference.
A few things to keep in mind, some of which we’ve gone over already:
It will take a while. Don’t expect to bring a failed service dog home anytime soon. You’ll very likely have to hop on a waiting list, and it could take years before you’re next in line.
It’s not always cheap. Service dog organizations invest a lot into their trainees, and the fees they charge for adoptions help them recuperate those costs. You may have to spend upwards of $1,000 for a career change dog, versus a couple hundred dollars for a dog from a shelter.
You may be limited on breeds. Dogs who are most likely to be found in service dog organizations tend to be Labs, Golden Retrievers, German shepherds, Poodles, or mixes of these breeds. If you’ve got your heart set on a Bulldog or a Shih Tzu, you’d probably have better luck with a breed-specific rescue group.
As always, be sure to properly prepare for a new dog before adopting. Whether your new pup comes from a rescue group or a service dog organization, you should always stock up on what you need before they walk in the door, and be ready to take on the task of training and building your bond.
Failed service dogs have a ton to offer the right adopters. If you’d like to add one to your family, start doing your research and filling out applications.
Less common than fear of spiders and snakes, many people fear man’s best friend. Here’s how to recognize and handle a fear of dogs
Do you have a fear of dogs? Cynophobia, or the fear of dogs, is not as common as the fear of spiders (arachnophobia). Dogs don’t have eight legs or come in a variety of poisonous types—arguably less scary than spiders. Still, millions of people have a phobia of dogs. They are afraid of dogs for many reasons: maybe a dog chased them as a child, or they know someone who was bitten by a dog, or they themselves were bitten. For whatever reason, people can be scared of dogs to the point where it can affect their lifestyle, including preventing them from going over friends’ homes or taking walks outside. Understanding where this fear stems from and getting acquainted with available treatment techniques can help people with even the biggest fear of dogs overcome this phobia and start feeling friendlier towards man’s best friend.
How Does the Phobia Begin?
Many people have a fear of dogs from a very young age, says Laurie Vitagliano, MD, chief medical officer at Northwell Health’s South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, New York. As with many other anxiety disorders, a person may have a genetic predisposition to developing a phobia such as cynophobia, she says. “But genetics do not necessarily mean that you will develop it,” she says. “Your environment and experience can have a great influence on whether you develop a phobia or not.”
If you’re not sure if you have cynophobia or you simply don’t prefer dogs, ask yourself whether you go out of your way to avoid dogs whenever you can. Does the perceived need to keep dogs out of your life interfere with your daily functioning? Do you feel like you are having a panic attack when you see a dog? Do you recognize that your fear of dogs is not only excessive but also unrealistic? You may have cynophobia.
Symptoms of Cynophobia
The symptoms of cynophobia can vary widely. Some individuals will start to have symptoms even when they are just thinking about potential contact with a dog, while the symptoms in another person begin only when the person is exposed directly to a dog, says Dr. Vitagliano.
Typically, a person with cynophobia begins to experience significant dread, anxiety, and worry at the thought of being exposed to a dog. “They will try to avoid any situation in which they might be around a dog,” Dr. Vitagliano says.
Symptoms can include:
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Crying or screaming
Causes of Cynophobia
Most cases of cynophobia develop during childhood. You may have had an unpleasant encounter with a dog at some point. Even if you weren’t bitten, you may have been chased or felt threatened. Or, even if you weren’t the victim of an unpleasant encounter yourself, you may have seen someone else being chased or bitten. If the person was physically hurt, and if she is a close friend or relative, you’re even more likely to develop a fear of dogs. Last of all, you may have acquired your fear of dogs indirectly—possibly from a parent with cynophobia, or from the media.
A theory devised by evolutionary psychologists holds that a fear of dogs gradually evolved as a survival mechanism many years ago. It would have been useful, in the days when hungry wild predators roamed, to be afraid of dogs and to get out of their way!
Treatment Options for Cynophobia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is very effective at treating cynophobia, says Greta Hirsch, PhD, clinical director at the Ross Center in Washington, D.C., which treats individuals with anxiety and related disorders. “We work with the patient to create a graded fear hierarchy,” she says. “We might start by having the person imagine petting a dog.”
As the exposure brings the person closer to the object of their fear, the person keeps an anxiety journal and writes down the situation that is causing the anxiety level on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
“For example, for someone with a severe dog phobia, a therapist may start out by exposing them to a picture or a video of a dog and then gradually over time, they would progress to perhaps a toy dog and then an actual dog,” Dr. Vitagliano says. “The time and intensity progression of the exposure will be individualized depending upon the person’s tolerance and symptom severity.”
CBT combined with exposure therapy is very effective with cynophobia, Dr. Vitagliano says. The behavioral part of CBT is to gradually expose the person to the feared object, in this case, dogs. “The cognitive part is looking at the person’s mistaken beliefs, where you think the dog is actually going to bite you,” Dr. Hirsch says. “We work on muscle tension. If a person is tense, then the body sends a signal to the brain that they are in danger.”
Some of the anxiety that comes with cynophobia is anticipatory anxiety, Dr. Hirsch says. “So it is important to recognize the thoughts that are leading to and maintaining the anxiety,” she says.
How to Overcome Fear of Dogs
One way to minimize the risk of developing cynophobia is to interact with a dog as soon as possible after a personal or witnessed negative encounter with a dog, Dr. Vitagliano says. If you have a friend, loved one, or neighbor who has a well-behaved dog, ask if you or your loved one who has a fear of dogs might spend some time with the well-behaved dog.
Educate yourself. Read all you can about dogs. Just learning how rare it is to be bitten by a dog may be comforting, the same way it can be comforting to know how unlikely it is that something bad will happen to your airplane when flying.
Get help. Share with your loved ones that you have an irrational fear of dogs. And ask your health care provider for the name of a therapist who treats phobias and who could help you overcome cynophobia. Recognizing your fear, discussing it with others, and seeking help will allow you to overcome your phobia.
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This has been weighing on my conscience for years and I hope you can help me resolve it. When I was a little kid, I was playing with my little puppy dog and somehow the dog ended up sniffing my crotch and I let him lick me there. It was an amazing experience for a 5-year-old—until Mom walked in and smacked the shit out of me for it. That was the end of it until I was bout 11 years old and then, bam, new puppy, same experience, except this time I was more careful about where and when the puppy and I played this little game. So many amazing orgasms! This went on for a while and then I moved on to other interests. Years later, as a very horny and very frustrated 20-something, I again found myself with a cute little pet who was only too happy to lick me. I indulged myself a time or two but felt so horribly ashamed that I actually gave the dog away and never ever indulged again. It bothered me so much that I talked to a therapist about it. I guess I felt I needed to confess to someone. Luckily my therapist was a very gentle gay man and he was not shocked, he was very accepting, and he assured me that I was not a pervert and that I would still go to heaven when I died. He even made a little joke about me and the little poodle at the pearly gates. No shit! He was a good guy.
But I digress. Cut to the present. I am 68 years old, and I still feel horribly ashamed of my past forays into “bestiality.” Honestly, sometimes when I recall the experience, I feel like a monster, like I am some sort of subhuman. And I also feel a bit aroused. Those were some powerful orgasms for sure. But then I feel rotten about it, like an evil person and I think that if people “knew” no one would ever speak to me again.
I know all this self-hatred and shame is not good for my mental health and I really want to find some sort of peace about it but honestly do not feel I could sit across from someone and talk about it face to face, that’s how ashamed I feel. I hope you can help me.
Dan, how common is this sort of behavior? And how do I get over feeling so horrible about it?
Problematic Uncensored Puppy Play Is Eroding Sanity
Zoophilia is more common than most people think, PUPPIES, but we don’t have solid numbers.
First, let’s quickly define our terms: zoophilia is a sexual/romantic interest in animals, PUPPIES, whereas bestiality is the legal term for the sometimes criminal, sometimes not offense of sexually engaging with non-human animals. Not all people who engage in acts of bestiality are zoophiles, not all zoophiles engage in acts of bestiality. Some non-zoophiles mess around with animals because they lack a human option; some zoophiles mess around with humans because they don’t wanna violate an animal and/or risk going to prison.
Alfred Kinsey—whose renowned sex research institute is currently being dismantled—wrote in the 1940s that roughly 8 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women engaged in some type of sex act with a non-human animal. Those numbers are disputed and this isn’t a frequently researched subject, PUPPIES, precisely because it’s so taboo. So I can’t tell you how common acts of bestiality are. But if Kinsey’s numbers or the results of later studies come anywhere close then millions of your fellow Americans have had sex with animals. A few have even stooped so low as to have sex with Donald Trump.
So you’re not alone, PUPPIES. That doesn’t make having sex with animals okay or advisable—there seems to be a link between men having sex with farm animals and penile cancer—but you’re not the only woman or girl out there who has allowed a pet to lick her genitals.
It isn’t just the frequency of zoophilia/bestiality that’s in dispute; America’s laws are likewise all over the place. You can look at zoo porn in Washington State but you can’t sell it—bestiality was also legal in the Washington until, you know, Mr. Hands. If you rape a dog in California you’re on the sex offender registry, but you can fuck your cat in Kentucky. In Idaho and Michigan, though, sex with animals will get you life in prison.
Most of the laws were introduced between 1999 and 2012, a time when many states still had sodomy laws on the books—so, yeah, rather un-hilariously it would seem that consensual man-on-man sex was illegal for a lot longer than the man-on-dog variety that Rick Santorum is still sitting up nights fantasizing about.
You have my permission to stop feeling bad about what you did way back when. There are a lot worse things you could’ve done over the course of your life, PUPPIES, to other human beings or to those dogs or other animals. (I’m pretty sure worse was done to the lamb I had for lunch.) You didn’t torture your pets and, given your descriptions of what went down, it’s highly unlikely you traumatized them. Your first interaction was accidental and innocent (and swiftly punished), PUPPIES, and you made the mistake of not so innocently and not so accidentally exploiting two other dogs later in your young/young-ish life. But all those incidents took place decades ago. It’s well and good to recall a bad action with regret and sometimes feelings of shame are necessary useful, PUPPIES, if those feelings prompt us to be more conscientious about the choices we make in the future.
But there’s no point in torturing yourself endlessly about those dogs decades after the incidents—and decades after those dogs went dog heaven, PUPPIES, particularly since no one, human or non-human, was likely harmed. Want to stop feeling so horrible about it? Change your will and leave a nice chunk of your estate to a charity that works to rehabilitate and re-home abused, exploited, or neglected animals. Instead of picking at scabs and reopening wounds, take action. Make the world a better and safer place for the dogs in it now, PUPPIES, and then you can tell yourself that more good flowed out of these incidents than bad.
Guilt tripping yourself is a waste of time. Instead, do some actual, useful penance, PUPPIES, and then make up your mind to redirect all of the energy you’re currently devoting to feeling terrible into finally forgiving yourself.
Reminding yourself that the harm done here was mostly to you might help—again, it’s highly unlikely those dogs were harmed. You didn’t penetrate them, you didn’t tear at their insides, you didn’t leave them in state where they couldn’t be trusted around other humans or be placed with other families. In addition to lacking opposable thumbs, those dogs lacked the moral capacity to sense the wrongness of what they were doing—you were the only one left with psychological scars, you were your chief victim, you have the right to forgive yourself.
You had an early, formative experience with a pet, it created a powerful and pleasurable association, PUPPIES, one it took you a decade and change to learn to resist. But you’ve resisted it for four decades now. So let it go—finally and forever. You’re not the Harvey Weinstein of the dog world. You’re not even the Al Franken of the dog world. The guilt, the feelings of shame—let them go. Let yourself off the hook, crawl down off that cross, stop flagellating yourself.
And please tell my mom I said hi when you see her in heaven.
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In this Article
- Choosing the Right Toy
- What If My Dog IsnвЂ™t Interested?
- Playing Bait-and-Switch
- More Tips for Playing Fetch
Playing fetch is fun and healthy for both you and your pet. But not all dogs learn it immediately. Some dogs donвЂ™t understand fetch at all, while others instinctively love to chase things, or your pet may love to chase but not retrieve.В Teaching them to fetch may take some time and care, but it can lead to more exercise and bonding between you and your dog.
Choosing the Right Toy
When youвЂ™re purchasing a toy, consider your dogвЂ™s age, size, and ability. If your dog is older or younger, pick a toy that is easier to grasp with their teeth. If your dog is a whiz at fetch, pick a toy that poses more of a challenge.В
Some popular fetch toys include:
- Standard tennis ball
- Squeaker footballs or tennis balls
- Retriever plastic or rubber bumper
- Discs and flyers made of soft, flexible rubber вЂ” especially those that are extra-soft for sensitive mouths or designed to remain flexible in colder weather
- Rope toys, with rubber attachments
- Plush dog toys in animal shapes
What If My Dog IsnвЂ™t Interested?
If your dog doesnвЂ™t understand fetch or seems disinterested in retrieving toys, begin with a few basics:
- Introduce the toy with a tug-of-war game
- Put treats inside of a toy to make it more enticing
- Tease your dog with a toy to gain his attention
Once the dog is interested in the toy, itвЂ™s time to start the game of fetch. Start out by throwing the toy a few feet. As your dog catches on, be sure to show your enthusiasm so they want to please you by playing more. Gradually increase the distance you throw the toy until your dog understands the fun of chasing after something.
ItвЂ™s important to be patient during the learning process. If your dog doesnвЂ™t understand the game as quickly as you want, hide any frustration you feel. DonвЂ™t be discouraged if you have to pause and try again another day.В
If your dog loves to chase the toy but wonвЂ™t return it, try a game that can get dogs accustomed to bringing a toy back. Keep two toys in hand. Throw the first one. Once the dog reaches the toy, use the second toy to tease them.
At this point, the dog may run back with the first toy. But even if the dog drops the first toy, go ahead and throw the second one in another direction. Then go pick up the first toy as they retrieve the second one. Repeat the pattern of throwing one toy then teasing with another. Chances are, the dog will quickly become too excited to drop the toy theyвЂ™ve retrieved and will run back to you with it.
Play this game over and over until your dog is bringing one toy back to you in anticipation of chasing another. Once that happens, they may be ready to play fetch with one toy at a time. Slowly you can introduce commands like вЂњdrop itвЂќ and teach your dog what you want them to do.В
More Tips for Playing Fetch
Use the power of language. Dogs have a great ability to build comprehension of your words. When you use specific phrases and actions together consistently, your dog will quickly learn what behavior is desired with each command.
Beat boredom. Remember, even fetch gets boring after a while. Try introducing new challenges like holding your dogвЂ™s collar as you throw the toy and making them wait to retrieve it. You can even introduce the command вЂњwaitвЂќ to let them know when itвЂ™s time to make a retrieval.В
Rewards are great. Treats and hugs are great ways to reinforce a behavior you want to encourage. Reward your dog for chasing after a toy and bringing it back to you. Take time to hug and pet your dog so they know how much you love playing fetch, too. Keep treats in your pocket for a nice surprise.
Run with your dog. If your dog isnвЂ™t a natural runner, take off after the toy when you throw it. They may not be able to resist running alongside you. Praise the effort and keep encouraging them with positive affirmations.В
Get the toy back. Some dogs will fetch and even retrieve the ball but then wonвЂ™t let you have it back. They may be trying out a different game, hoping youвЂ™ll chase them. If this happens, use the вЂњdrop itвЂќ command, so the dog makes a connection between specific words and what you want them to do. If you offer dogs a treat to drop the ball, theyвЂ™ll often catch on.
Train with a ball in hand. You can use playing fetch to take your dogвЂ™s training one step further. Introduce an additional command like вЂњgive it,вЂќ so your dog will put the ball in your hand and not just drop it on the ground.В You can also use this as an opportunity to teach your dog вЂњbring it,вЂќ especially if theyвЂ™re naturally dropping the toy part of the way back to you. If they drop the toy early, start to move further away from the dog before they drop it. Then motion them to follow you and say вЂњbring it.вЂќ Doing this consistently will help teach them that command.
Leave them wanting more. If you end a fetch game before your dog loses interest, it keeps them from getting bored with the game so they’ll be excited to play again next time.
AKC: вЂњFetch Toys,вЂќ вЂњHow to teach your dog to fetch,вЂќ вЂњWhy doesnвЂ™t my dog play fetch?вЂќ
AAHA: вЂњStudy shows dogвЂ™s “amazing” ability to comprehend language.вЂќ
Dumb Friends League: вЂњTeaching Your Dog to вЂDrop It.вЂ™вЂќ
SPCA of Texas: вЂњTeach Your Dog вЂDrop ItвЂ™ and вЂGive.вЂ™вЂќ
It’s no secret that dogs are man’s best friend. The bond between dog and human has been forged for centuries, but scientists believe there’s more to the man and canine friendship than we think.
For many, it’s generally agreed that humans have bred dogs to do what we want them to. Scientists increasingly see that it’s more than just a pure evolutionary process, however; dogs just love their humans. That love is certainly different from our concept of feelings, and it can be argued that theirs might be even more complicated. All this means is that our dogs can teach we humans to understand them.
Smithsonian Magazine wrote that scientists have been conducting several experiments to test out theories on the dog-human relationship and psychology. What they found is that dogs can parse human behavior. Researchers at Yale University believe dogs could be the closest animals to humans in terms of social behaviors. Dogs they tested in their Canine Cognition Lab showed an ability to determine a human’s intent when issuing orders.
Researchers wanted to find out why dogs were trying so hard to understand humans. It seems it’s because they’re hardwired to form emotional bonds with anything they come across, reported The New York Times. They can emotionally attach to sheep, goats, and even some unusual animals like penguins, if the dogs are raised with them. Scientists call this hypersocial behavior, and it may stem from a dog’s genetic evolution.
They’ve evolved to love us
While further study of dogs’ DNA is needed, researchers are hopeful they can learn more about how dogs evolved to be friendly and affectionate. After all, wolves and dogs are close relatives, but it is not easy to train a wolf to socialize. (Although, if you’ve ever tried to retrain an older dog, you know it’s not that easy, either.)
According to Smithsonian, some researchers think dogs take advantage of something called the oxytocin loop. Oxytocin, of course, is a hormone that plays a part in bonding and social behaviors. It’s sometimes called the love hormone because it makes humans feel pleasure from empathy or other social interactions.
Scientists studying dog behavior explained that dogs follow the same behavior patterns as human toddlers. Toddlers are hard to take care of, but adult humans take care of them because it makes the adults feel great. All the baby has to do is look at the adult, and the adult and baby’s oxytocin levels shoot up. Oxytocin, it turns out, increases the need for a person to want to care for another. Dogs are no different. All they have to do is look at you and you fall in love with them all over again, no matter how many shoes they’ve chewed up.
Puppies may have developed the ability to show more of their sclera, or the whites of the eyes, which humans associate with friendliness. Humans do the same thing. Dogs have so evolved to love humans that even their eyebrows want to show they’re friendly.
Your dog really loves you. Science proves it
Studying dog behavior and cognition is important far beyond just understanding how to better treat your pit bull or dachshund. Researchers hope learning more about how dogs interact with the world helps them figure out how humans interact with the world, too. After all, if dogs have far more in common with humans in terms of social behavior, it makes sense they can shed light on some human mysteries of behavior, too.
Dogs can teach us how humans become affectionate, form social bonds, and protect others. As dogs evolved to please humans, they became the perfect subjects to see how the human mind works. Time pointed out that humans have become attached to dogs in a way that’s rare with other working animals. We’ve had a lot more to do with their evolution and shaped them in our image, so they’ve begun to share traits with us.
Scientists are trying to understand how much a dog’s love can tell us about not just the dog and human bond but also about the human mind. Their love, studies so far have shown, is both a function of biology, hormones, and maybe even real feelings.
The next time your dog misbehaves and just looks at you with those puppy dog eyes, just know you were responsible for the dog loving you. Go ahead. Give them a treat. What a good dog.