Posts Tagged Dogs

Dog’s Fact File

Generally, it is believed that the wolf is the common ancestor of the domestic dog. Dogs’ domestication started almost 15,000 years ago, during which humans chose for particularly attractive traits, such as its coat, color, and height. This selection process has led to over 400 various breeds of a dog.

If you see the world from a dog’s viewpoint, it can greatly help you in understanding your pet better; therefore, here are a few dog facts you must know.

Dogs have extremely well developed senses. They have highly developed sense of smell, which is far better to humans. They can also perceive sounds up to 4 times quieter than humans can hear. They have the ability to hear in ultrasound (sound with a frequency more than the upper limit of human hearing). Moreover, they can see very well in dark and dim light.

Dogs are omnivores. Since dogs eat both meat and plant food, they are called omnivores. Their teeth are designed for tearing meat and are used for crushing and grinding plant food.

Dogs are naturally curious. They vigorously look for information about their environs and will spend much time probing and searching.

Dogs use different methods to communicate. They communicate each other in order to form and maintain social groups. They can produce various sounds, often in intricate combination, such as whimpers, whines, howls, barks, and growls. In order to convey scent information, they use urine, feces and secretions from special scent glands. A number of dogs can use their body, face, tail, limbs, and ears to communicate with other dogs.

Dogs are highly social, intelligent, and playful. They enjoy the company of other dogs however they can form strong social bonds to humans and become their best friend. They are also extremely intelligent and can even learn the names of their toys. Moreover, they use special signs to exhibit they want to play. For this, they show ‘play bow’ behavior, in which they crouch on their forelimbs, remain standing on their hind limbs and may wag their tail or bark.

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Dog Training Tips and Tricks

When it comes to training a dog, your approach to dog training leaves a major impact on the training results. If you have the right mindset about dog training, then you will not only be able to have a well-mannered dog but also do well to follow the useful tips and tricks of dog training. Following are a few most important dog training tips and tricks that you can use to mould a dog into a helpful addition to your family.

  • In wild, dogs live in packs and look to their pack leader for guidance. Hence, you need to play a role as a pack leader to gain control over the behavior of your dog. Generally, pack leaders control the food supply; therefore, feeding your dog only after you have eaten is a good and easy way to establish leadership. In addition, it is better to set a feeding schedule and abide by it.
  • Naturally, dogs react best to rewards and positive reinforcement. Therefore, always reward good behavior with praises and treats, and simply ignore unwanted behavior. This practice will not only strengthen your bond with your dog but also will encourage your pet to repeat good behaviors and keep him away from bad and unwanted behaviors. Remember never use punishment in dog training because this will only estrange him.
  • When training your dog, you need to set realistic goals, or else, your efforts will be of no use. For instance, expecting your pet dog to obey the ‘sit’ command in two or three days is okay, however, do not expect him to jump through hoops within the same period.
  • Also, you need to learn proper timing of using different commands. If you see the dog is sniffing and circling around, you must immediately give a firm ‘NO’ and then guide him to the selected abolition area. Delaying in this will not make him understand that he should not make a mess inside the house. Similarly, you must praise your pet dog or give him a treat instantly when he shows a good behavior so that he can understand that he has just done something good.
  • Do not be angry, yell and/or show impatience even when your dog makes mistakes. Always stay calm and give your pet enough time to learn each command. Moreover, always use the same words and hand signals when you give these commands. The main keys to successful dog training are consistency and patience.

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