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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Inside Your Dog’s Mind - Prevent Dog Behavior Problems BEFORE They Happen by Understanding Dog Psychology

Dog psychology? What drugs are influencing this blog author?

Yeah, so you think I’m losing it by getting into the minds of my 2 dogs Simon and Alvin. Maybe, but I’m all for preventing dog behavior problems, or at least figuring out how to stop them as quickly as possible.

An example - although I use the picture shown above as Alvin's Evil Eye expression, it turns out he uses it whenever he's protecting something like a piece of food, a bone, or a toy. It's clearly a sign of dominance, so I'm researching how to stop the protective behavior because he can become aggressive toward a person or Simon.

I want you to know upfront – I’m not the Dog Whisperer. I consult Kingdom of Pets' Secrets to Dog Training whenever I need help. The author of this dog training “bible” publishes a newsletter available to those who have purchased the program. A recent newsletter addressed dog psychology and how to prevent dog behavior problems.

Here’s the condensed version of dog psychology from the Kingdom of Pets recent newsletter:
A Dog’s Mind
  • No one really knows for sure what dogs are thinking.

  • A dog's mind is much less complex than that of a human – they use instincts as opposed to emotion.

  • It is a mistake to treat a dog as you would another human being. Example: your dog barks at another dog, so you pick him up to get him to stop barking. This reinforces the dog’s behavior by giving him attention and physically elevating his position.
Pack Life
  • Your dog needs to feel secure.

  • If he is confident with you as a leader he will allow you to make decisions for the pack (you, your family members, and the dog), and will be more inclined to follow those decisions.

  • If your dog understands that you are the pack leader he will obey your commands and be a lot less prone to aggression problems.
Communicating with Your Dog
  • Dogs do not actually understand English or any other language, but they can associate the sound of a word with an action or an object.

  • When you are communicating with your dog, make sure first that he is aware that you are speaking to him by calling his name to get his attention.

  • Dogs can also pick up on your body language so it is important to consider your body language and what message it is sending your dog.
What’s Right or Wrong?
Dogs do not have an understanding of right or wrong nor do they have the ability to be malicious. Example: If your dog chews on your furniture and you put him outside for a time out he will learn that chewing on the furniture leads to punishment by being ignored and therefore they are less likely to do it again. Note that the concept of “it’s wrong to chew the furniture is NOT learned.
Explore Secrets to Dog Training by Kingdom of Pets to learn more about how to solve housebreaking, behavioral, aggression, and obedience issues. And a LOT more about dog psychology.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Contrary to What You May Think, Designer Puppy Breeders are NOT Greedy and Unethical

I know what you're thinking - another bummer post on designer puppy breeders. Nope, this post is going to praise the a breeder who does a good job producing the best designer dogs - Cockapoos.

See the cocker spaniel look-alike in the photo above? Simon is living proof that there are excellent designer puppy breeders. He's loving, affectionate, obedient and smart. At eight months, he's house-trained and can be left alone for half a day without destroying the house. We're working up to a full day home alone.

Although we weren't really looking for another puppy, we couldn't help but stumble on designer puppy breeders in the puppy mill state of Pennsylvania. We managed to pick a caring breeder and brought the pup home in August, 2009. At 8 weeks, he was 10 pounds. At 8 months, he's 25 pounds and truly believes he's a lap dog.

Although many people get extremely angry when you mention this type of breeder, perhaps they would change their minds if they met Simon.

Did I mention that breeders have been producing Cockapoos since the early 1940s? They may never be a recognized "breed, " but they are the best designer dogs.

Simon LIVE!