WHY DOGS DO WHAT THEY DO

 

Play Biting

This is normal puppy behavior.  This is how puppies learn how to use their teeth as in how hard is too hard. Dogs normally bite each other when they play. They have learned how hard they can bite another dog without hurting the other dog. What is normal in canine play is not acceptable in dog to human play. Human skin is much more tender than canine skin.

 

Jumping Up


Dogs jump up on us for several reasons.

1)     It is an attention seeking behavior, as it is very difficult not to notice.

2)     In the canine world, dogs greet each other face to face. Our human faces are high in the air for a dog.

3)     A common human reaction is to push the dog away, much in the same way we play with a dog.

 

Pulling on Leash

Dogs learn to pull on leash when they are puppies.  They learn from an early age that the way a walk works is that they pull and the human follows.

 

High Energy in the Morning and Afternoon

Humans are designed to have on long active period during the day. Cats are designed to have one long active period during the night. Dogs are designed to have two active periods – dawn and dusk.

 

Chewing Shoes


Dogs live in a scent world we humans can only imagine. They are attracted to scented items. Things like shoes, socks, underwear, trashcans and hand held items like pens, pencils, remote controls and cell phones.

 


Barking


Dogs bark, bay, howl and growl; this is how they communicate. Reasons for "barking" could be because they're trying to alert us, or they're happy and excited, or because they don't like something, or because they're bored, or simply because they like their own voice and like to hear themselves "talk". Growling however, can be that they're afraid, angry, or it can be a warning (as in "stay away"), or a prelude to a fight. However Rotties generally growl when they're happy, sad, angry or bored; as this is their version of the "bark".

 


Breed Tendencies

There are many predictable behaviors that are more likely to surface depending on what job a particular breed was designed for.  Most breeds were developed for a specific job and the qualities that were needed for that job were selectively accentuated and bred for.

 

Some common behaviors that can cause problems that were specifically bred for can be seen in certain breed groups:

 


  • Herding breeds were developed to herd livestock. The job of herding involves being very agile, quick on their feet, reactive to movement and to chase runaway livestock.  In herding breeds we tend to see problems with over reactivity and chasing things like children and cars.

 

  • Guarding breeds were developed to guard things, whether those things were their humans, their homes, or possessions.  They were bred to be reactive, fearless and not back down from a threat.  In guarding breeds we tend to see problems with resource guarding, over reactivity and not easily intimidated by heavy handed training methods.

 

  • Terriers were bred to hunt game underground and not be intimidated by whatever they find underground.  In terriers, the problems we tend to see is digging in the yard and being very persistent in trying to get what they want.

 

  • Scent hounds were bred to follow scent trails and to ignore the rest of the world to better concentrate on the trail.  In scent hounds the problems we tend to see is that they become very distracted outside and ignore humans over scents.

 

  • Sight hounds were bred to follow the sight of game and to ignore the rest of the world to better concentrate on the moving game.  In sight hounds the problems we tend to see is that they become very distracted outside and ignore humans over movement.

 

These tendencies do not make a particular breed “good” or “bad”.  It simply makes that particular breed suited for the job it was created for.  It also depends on what qualities the owner is looking for and if these tendencies fit into the owner’s lifestyle.

 

These tendencies give you an idea of what problems you are likely to have and a better chance of being able to prevent them from developing in the first place.  It is good to have an idea of what you may have to spend extra time and effort to prevent or resolve.  It is also a good idea to develop things to channel your dog’s tendencies into more desirable endeavors.

 

That said, a particular breed’s tendencies are simply that – tendencies.  There is not a guarantee that a dog of a particular breed will develop all of the specific breed tendencies.  All that the word tendency means is that those behaviors are more likely to happen.

 


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