How to understand the behavior of dogs

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Dogs Are For Life, Not Just For Christmas

Dogs are a big part of our daily life and they mean a lot to many people who own one. Dogs are a great inspiration to artists, writers and sculptors, and their images are used commercially in many businesses. Dogs were once kept as working animals long time ago, but in recent times, their major role has changed to one of being a good old chum to share lives with people. To acquire good company of dog, it must be happy and have all its requirement met by the owner. So in that manner, it can behave in a way that allows owners to enjoy living with it in their humble homes. Without a job to do, a companion dog must be given an outlet for its energies and some purpose in life. The dog will then be free to act in a manner that we, as the owners, can approve. One example would be to take the dog for a regular in the park.

6 month old Beagle girl

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Dogs resulting in break-ups

Unfortunately, and sadly too, relationships between dogs and their owners break down. This maybe because of a lack of understanding or appreciation of the dog's special needs. The resulting bad behaviour forces owners to try various methods of punishment to no avail (sometimes cruelty is involved). If those relationships cannot be solved in time, the biggest loser is the dog, why? Because the dog will lose its home and will be rejected by the people it knows and loves dearly. In fortunate cases, the dog may find itself in rescue kennels, or may be given to a new owner. On top of that, the original owners who raised the dog lose a dearly loved pet and may, worse still, without even realizing their mistakes, go on to raise another puppy with the usual bad habits. It is very important to understand your pets better, that way a few dogs irritating behaviour will be reduced, and will avoid abandonment. Owners who have developed a better understanding of their dog's behaviour, make great owners who are nicer to their pets. The lives of the dogs they own will improve dramatically and rewardingly.

Is it possible for all dogs to be well behaved?

Nearly every dog lovers would like a dog that is friendly, loyal and not mischievous, plus they want their dog to obey their every command. This in general, is expecting too much from a dog and is kind of a selfish desire. Life is what we make of it, and a dog is what you make of it also, so make it a good one with your dog. Many people, however, live with a dog whose behaviour is less perfect and are tolerant of a wide variety of behaviour that does not conform to their idea of good conduct. However, it is possible for everyone to acquire a well-behaved dog. Basically, and all that is required, is that the owners develop a good understanding of their dog and change the way they behave towards them.

A dog's character in adulthood depends on both the genes passed on to them by their parents and ancestors and the environment they have lived in throughout life. Both will have an effect on the dog's personality, temperament and qualities. This results in the way on how a dog behaves. Genetic influences in dogs are very profound. The dogs in the present day are all descendants of the wolves. Wolves are efficient predators of the large prey that hunt in packs. To do this they need to be sociable and communicative. Both these traits can make them very good precursors of domestic dogs of ours.

To add further, the wolves have an instinctive hunting behaviour to exploit in order to produce the working breeds. People selected the qualities they most admired and created a whole range of dogs to suit different purposes. Different breeds have specific traits that their ancestors required for their 'task'. An example I can give is the Collies, which they are born with a strong instinct to chase and herd moving objects. Another is the Terriers, in which they indulge and enjoy shake and kill games, especially with objects that squeak, a toy for example. Dachshunds and Terriers which are bred 'go to ground' like to dig, and Bull Terriers like to cling on to objects and tug.

Bull Terrier chewing on Jeans

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While the genes have given dogs the blueprint for behaviour, the environment in which they live helps develop and strengthen patterns of behaviour. Dogs that are raised and kept in different situations will have different characters and personalities. So, for example, a pet dog raised from a very early age in a warm kind home with lots of kids and animals is likely to be friendly, sociable and playful, whereas a dog kept shut away for most of the time is likely to be bashful and fearful.

A dog raised with overbearing owners will possibly have a low opinion of his/her own abilities whereas a dog kept with very pleasurable, easy-going owners is likely to be more confident. Also dogs are very adaptable and will continue to change their behaviour as a result of experiences and influences from their environment throughout their lives. It is impossible to say whether genes or environmental factors have more influence on the dog's adult character. Both, as a matter of fact, play their part and are inextricably linked. Both should be considered and thought of when trying to understand why dogs behave the way they behave.

The image below is of an English Springer Spaniel. This type of breed is likely to be energetic and it enjoys retrieving because of his genetic make-up.

An English Springer Spaniel

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4youreyes 4 years ago

aziza,

Good topic, to many dogs are surrendered due to the fact that they were never trained. Many times it's the owners who need the training not the dogs. the poor dog is confused he has no idea what he should be doing. Thanks for the input on a subject that people need to be more educated on.

Have A Good Day !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I understand. Even though I am a cat person any animal is dear to my heart. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub. Passing it on.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Excellent hub, and I wish every dog's human would read it and take its message to heart. Voted Up++


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Though we have cats I love dogs and think Beagles are so cute. Good information here and also voting up and sharing it along.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Nice. We are long time Boxer owners. They are wonderful dogs. Their brain cells don't become all connected until they hit about 3 years. (watch them or crate train them or they can and will eat your house) After 3 they are perfect ladies and gentlemen most of the time! Sweet and intelligent. Very good family dogs. High energy though!


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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Good Hub, aziza786. You seem to understand the canine population. I have had experience for a short time in my life with caring for a dog. I know how challenging it is, especially for children who only think that a dog is fluffy and playful. There is a lot of hard work that goes with having a dog. I will share this for sure, and hope that someone else does the same.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I remember we had a large Malamute husky that was upset when my husband went jogging without him. The dog chewed his jeans like the one above in the photo. It was funny, but dogs do have feelings and behavior management is needed! Good post!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

As a dog lover I really enjoyed this Hub, and I do agree with you. A dog's behavior is directly related to the way it is raised from puppyhood. My min. Schnauzer is a very well behaved dog, and she brings a lot of joy to my life.

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