- Pets and Animals
All Pets Can Talk
Every animal responds to sound. It's a basic instinct for survival and training pets to speak is not difficult if you follow basic rules. They may not be able to play poker but I recently saw a cute little dog who could do card tricks. Far fetched you might think but read on,
These cute little kittens are already responding to my voice at just 5 weeks old. You can see the way they look at me and when called they usually come running. Why? Because from this age they are trained to respond to sound in relation to food. So is food the secret? Many owners use it to reward animals for doing the right thing. But I use noise associated with feeding patterns as the start of their training.
She is a Mini Foxie
That simply won my heart
This little girl is named Minnie and she is now 13 years old. She came to me unexpectedly when my grandson arrived and a pet was considered a good companion and possible help for his behaviour problems.
Minnie was just a few weeks old and very nervous. So much so that she peeded every time she was spoken to just about. But she also came from a family home and was not abused. Her parents were champion Mini Foxies. Leaving their mums and siblings is always traumatic for animals.
Gentle persuasion and dedication saw here soon loose the bad habit and then she began to respond to my voice. She has some remarkable qualities that are not usually seen in a dog. For instance, she never walks in front of me. If I open a door for us to enter a room or through the gate she holds back until I enter first. If she wants to pass me she will never come in front, only ever to the side or to the back of me. This is not something she was taught but a natural instinct. It probably shows here submission to my value.
When she wants to go out she will not bark but comes and puts her paw on me. If I ignore her she stretches out as in a bow and looks me straight in the eye while twisting her head as in a questioning pose. If I forget to feed her (doesn't happen often) she goes through the same performance. If she wants to wake me at night she will put a paw on the bed next to me. She never attempts to get on the bed, except if I am out she does sometimes. This is probably a separation anxiety reaction.
One of the cute things she does is to play with something, such as a bit of bone or a button, and drops it on the floor before doing a 360 degree turn or spin, picks it up and drops it again and another spin. She can do this for up to three minutes or more to the amusement of observers.
She quickly adapted to commands like "don't touch". If I say that then she will not touch whatever is in front of her no matter how much she might like to have it. When I go shopping she is told and then she waits patiently for my return. At that stage she can go out into the street for a walk up to 2 or 3 houses away and back. This is important to her and a bit of a reward. Often when I have been shopping she gets a new bone and the look on her face is like a smile. She loves her bones and they keep her teeth in order and her breath smelling sweet.
Walks are very important to her and she wil ensure that she gets one every morning. If I am tardy she lets me know. Her little tail wags like anything and then she sits down on her stomach with her paws stretched out and crossed in front of her with her head on them, eyes watching my every movement, and a look that seems to say "Oooh, come on mum, its time to go."
These little dogs make great circus acts because they have these abilities so its just a case of reading their actions and responding to them in a positive way.
Dogs Really Can Dance
Teach Pets Anything The Right Way
Animals, like humans, respond to kindness and gentle persuasion. Don't yell, hit, scold, or punish a pet because it will not understand the message. Yelling is something animals do in the jungle to warn of approaching danger from predators. Is this the message you want to convey to your animal?
Mother animals teach their young by example. If she does something then it is OK for junior to follow. Just as in the video the dog is following his master's lead. What the man does the dog performs as well.
You never see a mother punish her young but she will play with it and imitate a predator so the baby gets a defence system in place early. If you torment it the young one will learn to scratch, bite and retaliate to the aggression. If you use gentleness and kind words then the animal is not frightened and does not react agressively.
If trained to fight then this instinct is encouraged by owners at a young age through various means. But gentle caring owners normally want to discourage that instinct. That's why introductions to other animals from a young age will help it cope with socialising with them in all situations.
Minnie responds to my index finger pointed in her direction. If she is not doing the right thing she gets the message and stops. It can also indicate where she is to go if I want her to move. If we are walking she will follow the finger to be beside me, wait at the road curb until the finger moves and I say "right". Then she crosses the road. If she is to stay the finger is raised with the word "stay". It is a great communicator and one then tells her what to do even better than words.
She will not respond to others pointing a finger at her, in fact she gets really upset if they do it. Only mum can use the finger.
How do you discipline your pets?
Should animals be punished for misbehaving?
Kindness and Love Wins
animals love to be petted because it is similar to being groomed by parents and siblings. Massaging is also much appreciated as this calms a nervous pet and reassures their security.
Minnie likes her cuddles as do my 2 mother cats. If I put my hand anywhere within reach one of them is soon there poking a head through it or rubbing against it for a pet. My cats like to go for my nose where they will rub their nose against it as in a kiss.
These actions are all teaching an animal that you are their safe haven, their carer and giver. No animal will desert the one who feeds them unless they are badly mistreated.
Use food to train young animals. Kittens are trained by tapping the food bowl every time they get fed. Then when I call them all I have to do is repeat the performance. Then I clap my hands at feed time or whistle and they come running. They get fed at the same time each day, usually 2 to 3 times, and once they know that they have to come when called they will do this even when it is not feed times.
Dogs can be trained in the same way or by using treats as a reward. I always pat the head for rewarding good behaviour and words like "good girl" assures them that you are pleased. "No" emphasised a little louder will stop bad behaviour. When I need to stop my cats from doing something I clap my hand suddenly and loudly. They soon realize that this is a no-no sound.
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