STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP A GOOD INTERACTION WITH DOGS_ AN OVERVIEW by john abbass
Author : Dr. John Abbass
DVM M.Phil( Pet diseases & welfare)
STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP A GOOD INTERACTION WITH DOGS; AN OVERVIEW“A dog is the only creature on the earth that loves you more than he loves himself”
Dogs are the best friends of human beings. Dogs were first domesticated by humans so many years ago. They get easily socialized and are considered intelligent creatures because they can read the human emotions and ability to love us without any limit. They also most commonly kept pet animals in western households. They are also lovable companion animals.
Here, we will discuss some important techniques to develop interaction with dogs in detail with some logics and reasons.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF KEEPING DOGS?
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) having a dog or interacting with them gives many physical, psychological and social benefits and it nicely impacts the overall well being of human beings.
These are some important benefits of interacting with dogs.
1) It reduces our stress level, best therapy for stressed humans.
2) Increases serotonin hormone(good hormone) level in the body.
3) Alleviates depression makes us feel less lonely.
4) Best impact on mood and make us feel happy and jolly
5) Positive influence on lowering blood pressure and heart rate,thus reduces need for medication.
By developing a strong bond and interacting well with our dogs, we can build up a sense of strong self-esteem along with creating new relationships.
IMPORTANT TECHNIQUES TO CREATE GOOD BOND WITH YOUR DOGThere are two main concepts viz familiarization and socialization. These two things are very much important and responsible to develop a nice interaction with your dogs. You need to expose your dog to as many positive experiences as you can along with socializing and familiarizing them with many people, places and animals.
HOW DOES SOCIALIZATION INFLUENCE DOG’S BEHAVIOUR?Socialisation aims to correct this behaviour in dogs. It's a process that should begin when a dog is young but continue throughout adult life. Even a dog that has been adopted as an adult can benefit from socialisation training.
HOW TO TRAIN DOG FROM YOUNG AGE?When your dog is still young, training school and puppy parties in your home and vet clinic are a fantastic opportunity for your dog to become friends with other dogs. Resist the temptation to coddle nervous dogs or reprimand severely rowdy ones. Dogs are social animals and need to learn about interacting with each other, not surprisingly, the best way to do this is through interacting.
Let them meet people of all shapes, sizes and ages and have some treats ready to help reward good behaviour. Remember to never leave your dog alone with toddlers or infants. Very young children might hurt or frighten them without meaning to and if your dog is young but continue throughout adult life. Even a dog that has been adopted as an adult can benefit from socialisation training.
HOW TO LEARN TO INTERPRET YOUR DOG'S POSTURE?The ways in which a dog holds its body can tell you a great deal about its mood and emotions. Many of the signals will be subtle and it can take some time to learn all of its expressions but it is well worth the effort.
HOW NECESSARY IT IS TO INTERPRET UNEASINESS IN YOUR DOG?Knowing when your dog is uncomfortable or feeling insecure can help you meet the animal’s needs and provide comfort and reassurance when necessary. This is the key to build up a good bond with your dog.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE RESPONSE OF YOUR DOG TO EYE CONTACT?.Consider how you feel when someone stares at you directly rather than using normal eye contact. Just as you find it confronting, dogs also feel confused and threatened by direct head-on staring because it is a threat stance for them.
A dog that looks away in this situation is actually being polite and is seeking to avoid confrontation. Alternately, training your dog to make eye contact to communicate is extremely helpful for keeping his focus on you.
WHAT ARE OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS?
Other points such as understanding your dog’s bark,eye signals, facial expressions and taking care of their emotional needs are very much important to create a long lasting and brilliant bond with them. In case of aggressive dogs, take help from your professional vets and their consultancy can help you out in correcting dog’s behaviour.
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