Dogs Are Not People! Understanding the Differences Between People and Dogs and Using This Information In Your Relationship With Your Pet

Dogs are not people. It may seem like an obvious observation, but so many people make the mistake time and time again of expecting their dog to act and think like a person. They attribute human traits and emotions to these noble animals and thus undermine their whole relationship, sending confusing signals and stressing the dog.

Remember, the dog is an animal. Yes, even your cute little friend who curls up on the sofa next to you and loves to have his tummy tickled. He’s an animal, and he MUST be treated as such to give him a healthy, fulfilling life. Small dogs are particularly prone to being treated as children or babies and this can lead to a multitude of behavioural problems, not to mention confusion and misery for the dog.

Firstly, let’s look at the exchange of love between ourselves and our dogs. Most of us love our dogs and can feel a warm spot in the middle of our chests when we see them or think of them. Does the dog feel that too? We have to assume not. He loves us, but he loves us in a different way. He relies on us for his well-being and survival. He looks to us (if we are successful) as a leader of his pack and he trusts us in our decisions.

He is happy to be with you because he is a pack animal and his attachment to you may well be very deep. But he doesn’t have the complicated love-psychology of a human being. He doesn’t have the same concept of ethics and morality and he certainly doesn’t know anything above and beyond what his animal instincts tell him. If a friend of yours enters the house and your dog doesn’t like him, he’s not going to “be nice” to the friend for your sake! Conversely, he doesn’t misbehave or sulk to get attention or “pay you back” for something you did. These are human emotions and motives that we attribute to our dogs almost unconsciously.

We should also look at the concept of praise and punishment in training. On the whole, I advocate praising good behaviour and ignoring misbehaviour. I do not believe in punishing a dog for bad behaviour, but sometimes a short, sharp shout can be a good reminder to a dog that is doing something he knows he shouldn’t. It is essential to remember that you can only praise or give correction to your dog AT THE VERY MOMENT he is exhibiting the behaviour in question. He is not a child and will not know nor remember what he did five minutes ago. This is a fundamental difference between people and dogs and if remembered, will make training a much easier task.

So the key to this is “think like a dog”. Imagine you are a pack animal like him. Don’t ever think of him as a human, still less a child or a baby, whatever his size and however cute his face. You have to hard-wire this concept into your relationship with your dog and he will only thank you for it. He is a dog, an animal, and only by truly understanding this will you be able to fulfill his needs and form a meaningful, satisfying relationship for both of you.

Dogs, Cats, And Horses… We Love Them All!

We have a long history with domesticated animals and even the nay Sayers can’t deny their roll in society past and present.

There is evidence that as long as 10,000 years ago the Native Americans had domesticated dogs as depicted in early rock paintings. Apparently, the dogs in the painting look remarkably like the Carolina dogs of today.

It has been well documented that dogs and horses of past have been bred to assist us in various ways whether it be pack dog, work horse, hunter or herder. There is no doubt that they have value and have contributed to society in many ways.

The cat however is a very interesting animal indeed. I have yet to see a cat that can herd, or help with the hunt or carry supplies on their backs for us. The cat is strictly a companion to us, that is if they decide to allow you to be graced with their presence. Most cats still have that strong hunting urge as evidenced by your cats offering of that bird he just caught or mouse he brings to you. Most cats get attached to an area that they claim as their own. Some cats get very attached to the people who love them but as a general rule I think the cat feels he is the one who rules and he is allowing you to care for him. Still, we love them.

Horses are a special breed and have a tremendous ability to assist us in ways as only the horse can. Horses have been our mode of transportation much longer than our current ways of getting around. They are to me of such beauty, grace, and power and I always think of them in that way much more than an animal that works for us. They are spectacular.

Dogs however are by far the most domesticated of all animals. They not only help us but they are so genuinely attached to people and their antics are a constant source of pleasure to us. Just look at children or elderly people in an old folks home. If a child finds a stray dog they will surely beg you to allow them to keep the dog. If you take a dog into an old folks home you can see the dog respond happily around them and the smiles on peoples faces are a joy to see.

I had a Springer Spaniel when I was younger and he was the funniest, most easy- going dog around. He was unusual in that he had a very special relationship with our guinea pig. We had the best time watching these two at play. It was the same every day. The guinea pig would wait at the hallway entrance and would stay there until the dog noticed. Then the chase was on! The dog would bark and chase him all the way down the hall. The guinea pig at the last minute would veer to the left and run into the bedroom and go under the bed. The dog was big and somewhat clumsy and would never be able to slow down in time and he’d crash into the wall, get up and then go put his nose under the bed and bark. They would do this four or five times in a row and then curl up together and sleep. Those two made us laugh. It was great!

As animal lovers, we also can adorn our walls with prints and motivational posters of them. They also make great gifts.

We love our animals, as it should be. Be kind and take well care of them.

Understanding Your Dog’s Emotions: 7 Simple Keys

Dogs can communicate with humans in many ways. They make it clear when they are happy, and they also let us know if something is wrong by showing fear or anger. But what about when a dog doesn’t feel like speaking? Can we read their emotions just by looking at them? In this blog post, I will tell you the 5 keys to understanding your dog’s emotions so that you can better care for him!

7 Key Dog Emotions and How to Identify Them

Here are 7 simple keys that will help you to find out about the dog’s emotion easily.

Happy

When your pup is excited, they can’t help but dance and wag their tail. Do you know what dog’s ears do when they’re happy? They perk up! This means that the muscles in their ear cartilage are relaxed so it doesn’t hurt them to tug on them as much anymore. When a pup sees its owner coming home after time away from him or her, this often leads to an outpouring of love because there will be plenty of playtime together now!

When dogs have been separated for extended periods of time (like owners who work long hours), something happens with how their bodies react: The tension leaves and becomes calm; the eyes look brighter; even if outside at night, they may see better since more light.

Alert

If you want to know if your dog is alert, look at their eyes. If they’re open and bright, your pup may be on high-alert. Plus! When a canine has their ears forward it can show that there’s something out of the ordinary going on in his or her environment; maybe he or she wants to listen more closely for whatever sound caused them to stir from slumber?

 

Your dog will generally have one ear up with an eye still half closed while sleeping. But when pups are fully awake, both ears should be pointed forwards with all points perked up like antennae trying to suss out what might transpire next.

Anxious

One of the key traits in recognizing an anxious pup is avoiding eye contact. Sweaty footprints and a raised paw can also be signs that they are not feeling comfortable, along with flattened ears to block out all sounds around them.

Fearful

Even though your pup may not show it, they still feel scared sometimes. Some dogs might growl or bark really loudly when put in a scary situation like someone’s approaching them quickly and/or while holding food out for the dog to take if he just knows how to roll on his back before being petted by other people with muddy hands so that their fur is nice and clean! It’s important owners know these signs because it means there are ways of calming down their pets without having any harsh reactions from others around them during those times of need.

Vulnerable

Dogs are a curious creature that likes nothing more than to meet new people. However, they can often feel vulnerable and nervous around meeting said person for the first time. This may be shown by them rolling on their backs or wanting their belly rubbed less than usual because it is not as familiar of an act being done with them in this state of vulnerability and fear

Angry

Your dog’s teeth can tell you a lot about their mood, such as if they’re feeling angry. When your pup is mad, the mouth opens up to let out a growl and bared teeth! They may also have stiff body language or be in an aggressive position ready for attack.

Relieved

When your pup is relieved, they’ll look a little more relaxed and their head will return to its normal position. You can tell if it’s relieving because of the warm feeling that comes over them – like when you’re sitting by the fireplace on a cold day!

Conclusion

When it comes to looking into your dog’s emotions, the understanding tone is the most important thing. Tone can tell you how a person or animal feels about themselves and how they feel about their surroundings. It’s also an indication of what the future might hold for them! So when trying to understand your pup better, pay attention not just to words but also tones. You may find that deciphering between anger and fear isn’t as difficult as you thought!