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Many prospective dog owners worry about how to ensure their young puppies grow up to be happy dogs with good temperaments. However, the answer to that worry is deceptively simple: socialization. A well-socialized puppy almost always grows up to be a loving dog, as dogs generally do not fear or dislike experiences they encountered in […]
Many “to-be-dog-owners” ask temperament questions and how early can they take the puppy home. We say and believe that puppies should not be separated from their mother before 8 weeks of age.
Here are just a few facts that you may not know:
If you’re a dog owner with multiple dogs in the house, you know that they will inevitably fight. This doesn’t have to imply any deep enmity. Animals are after all animals and there will be outbursts of temper. Of course, there may be deep enmity between two dogs and then it’s always dangerous to let them into the same room together.
The situation is much more complex if you have multiple dogs. I once stayed in a house with 10 dogs and when they started to fight, it required many people to break it up. Most of the time, the fight is so fast and furious that you can’t get close enough without being accidentally bitten.
However, if there are just two dogs, then what you can do is to pounce on the stronger one and with a heavy heave, pull them off the weaker one. If you do this early in the fight, there is a chance that the stronger dog wouldn’t have got his teeth into the weaker one. Don’t lift the dog off the ground, as this will tempt the other dog to bite the lifted dog where he or she can’t defend themselves – or you lift them up so high that they can’t be reached.
Sometimes, you can bring out something that your dogs are afraid of like a stick (provided they are afraid of it) and this breaks up the fight. Generally anything that can distract their attention.
I’ve had this issue several times before. Looking your dog in the eye always means that it’s a slightly tense time between the two of you. Staring each other down is a means of determining domination. We all know this at some level. We see children trying this game out on each other regularly (I’m sure we’ve done it ourselves with other humans). We instinctively know that whoever looks away first lost somehow lost in some way.
If your dog looks at you in the eye and doesn’t back down, it can often mean that your dog doesn’t view you as the alpha person in the house. This isn’t okay, since it can mean that your dog might not obey you and might act in violation of your wishes.
Ideally, a dog can look at you for a while and then drop his or her eyes after a while. Remember however, that you’re not doing this to prove to yourself how powerful you are. You’re just trying to reinforce the message to your dog that you retain the dominant post in your household pack.
If your dog stares at you, you must stare back. Chances are they will take the hint and back off or come and lick you.
Remember though to judge the mood. If you have something in your hand and your dog is just sitting happily, wagging her tail and looking at you, it doesn’t mean that it’s a game of dominance!
Dogs love to be touched, and there are several sweet spots that you can tickle and rub to make your dog happy. You will know you’re succeeding by certain signs like a deep grunt at the back of his or her throat, or constant licking of the lips. They will also come and rub their head against you for more.
Hold the head in your hands gently, and using your thumb and forefinger, caress the ears, and stretch them out gently. Or you can use your left hand to hold the snout, and with your right palm, run it over the length of the nose.
You can also gently scratch their throat right where their collar sits. You will know you’re hitting the right place by the fact that their head will rise up to give you better access.
Each dog is different, and like different things. As you spend time with them, you will get to know more and more about what they enjoy. Remember, your dog may not like strangers touching or caressing him/her. It is normal, as a matter of fact most people prefer other people not touching him.