Don't I Understand my Dog?
By C. Bailey-Lloyd
have encountered folks who have complained to me about their numerous
(dog) behavior problems. And interestingly enough, I usually discover
that most of the behavioral problems are linked to a common factor.
That common factor being pet owners all too often miss crucial,
pet communication signals because of their busy lifestyles.
do I mean, "...miss crucial, pet communication signals...?"
While many people love the idea of having animal companions, we
also have daily responsibilities such as jobs, attending school,
families, and other priorities. And usually, our pets end up last
place on life's totem pole.
issue that certainly plays a key factor in how capable we are to
understanding our animals' needs and wants is whether or not we
have indoor or outdoor pets. Though indoor pets may pose a little
extra patience with regard to training, I highly recommend (as does
the Humane Society ) keeping pets indoors with family.
most individuals do not take into account is that once a collective
choice is made to adopt an animal, that is precisely what is being
done: we are adopting a living, feeling, creature into our lives;
thus, we must consciously realize that by adopting an animal, he
or she is to become a permanent addition and family member.
certainly wouldn't adopt a newborn and place him outside on a chain
all day until we returned from work, would we? Therefore, we must
always remember to treat our animals just as considerately and compassionately
as we would our own children.
and dogs, like their human toddler counterparts, are innately curious,
clumsy and tend to have accidents. When we understand that these
commonalties exist and we anticipate this prior to welcoming Rover
into our hearts and homes, we are better able to coexist and develop
a long-term and loving reciprocal relationship with our animal counterparts.
step one into understanding our pets is to unconditionally accept
them into our homes. Having several, large canine companions, (whom
all live indoors with me), I've learned to recognize and distinguish
types of body language and visual dialogue that speaks volumes.
When our dogs live indoors with us, we can interpret the language
of love. Not only do we see their personalities unfold before our
eyes, we learn to be intuitive to each of our pets' needs, similar
to our own.
experience, I can literally close my eyes and distinguish each dog's
presence simply by touch and sense. Why? Because by having them
alongside me, I've learned their individual motions, breathes, sounds
and feel. And in turn, they present their comical and goofy sides,
their playfulness and their unconditional love for us.
we invite our dogs into our lives - truly into our lives - we discover
a world of fascination, innocence, inspiration, laughter, amusement,
and an indescribable love. So how can pet owners learn to better
understand their dog's behavior? Give Beethoven a bath, bring him
inside and watch how his character evolves. The more time we spend
one-on-one with our dogs, the better we are able to recognize specific
traits and how to employ gentle behavior training techniques.
seven huge dogs, I've come to terms that dogs are one of life's
most precious gifts. They are here for just a little while. When
we take time to get to know them individually, we gain more than
just a pet; we gain a friend for life.
2005 - Why Don't I Understand my Dog?
By C. Bailey-Lloyd, aka. LadyCamelot - in conjunction with Holistic
Public Relations' Director & Staff Writer for Holistic
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