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Have you recently got a puppy? That must be exciting. And I am sure getting acquainted with its quirks is an interesting process! If so, this article is just for you.
As much ‘fun’ it is to get a dog and pamper it with treats, it is equally a responsibility to raise it well. It is as good as raising a child of your own but with a mind that works differently. During these different stages, we discover different avatars hidden inside of them; the good ones, the not-so-good ones, and sometimes, the dangerous ones too! And when we do come to know of behaviours that harm others, we must take immediate action. But it is necessary to understand that they’re not born with these behaviours. They’re in the stage of learning behaviours hence it’s important to inculcate the right ones in them. Otherwise, before we know it, these behaviours may become a part of their routine or convert into an instinct that they project onto others. Therefore, we need to build a meaningful relationship with our dogs so that we can train them into portraying appropriate behaviours.
How do we do that? There’s only one answer to it.
To become your dog’s behaviourist
Your mind must be flooded with a million questions like, “How do we do that?” “That must require a LOT of knowledge.” “That must be very difficult.” The answer to your questions is NO! It’s easier than you think. All you need is peace of mind, patience and will to help your dog come out of the issues it is facing.
Let’s see how you can pull this off like a pro!
What is your job as a dog’s behaviourist?
A dog behaviourist’s job is to understand the dog, to fulfil his needs, to provide leadership to the dog and guide him through the process. For that, you have to take the lead in understanding how your dog acts, behaves, its response to various situations, its approach towards people, the habits, etc. You have to fathom the dog’s psychology i.e, the way its brain works.
For that, you have to develop a deep relationship with your dog. You need to see the world from your dog’s perspective. Your quality of relationship with your dog depends on the quality of communication between the two of you. Because the quality of communication you two hold will define the quality of understanding you’ve built. Being able to understand your dog is an essential factor to consider if you want to bond deeply with your beloved companion & bring about the changes.
How do you bond with your dog?
By understanding his needs. By understanding his needs, you can find ways to fulfil those needs and bring out the best behaviour in him.
However, while doing the groundwork of building a relationship with your dog, there’s something you must remember! Dogs aren’t born with behavioural issues, they develop them after human interaction. Most people fail to understand this which in turn affects the dog. A human’s lack of understanding is what confuses the dog and he lands up in an identity crisis. Because men and women look at dogs differently & treat them based on their psychology. Male psychology differs A LOT from female psychology. This confuses the dog as to how he is supposed to act and further overwhelms him. It starts showing signs of anxiety, nervousness, frustration, fright, etc. If these issues aren’t tackled early on, they can escalate into becoming behavioural issues.
To avoid this from happening, you as a pet parent has to take charge and help them tackle their behaviour issues. If we guide them accurately, they will give in to the effort and flourish as ‘well-behaved dogs. Now, dogs naturally are made in such a way that they follow a calm, assertive leader. They surrender in front of calm, assertive energy. And we have to be that energy for them so that we can reverse, prevent or tune down their behaviour. But first, we as their pet parents have to inculcate calmness and assertiveness in ourselves to bring out the best in them. Here, it’s about training ourselves first. If you as a leader show calmness towards your dog, he is most likely to listen to you with ease. Therefore, you have to first work on your emotional well-being to be able to guide a dog who requires your emotional assistance.
If you transform yourself into a calm, assertive leader, dogs will successfully transform themselves into calm, confident, & obedient dogs too. You can help your dog deal with its behavioural issues effectively resulting in socially acceptable behaviour. It’s about taking the first step; to have the will to help them out, to understand their needs & fulfil them & the rest shall follow. This is how we can convert them into calm, confident dogs.
We have many courses that you can watch to learn more about dog psychology and dog parenting, you can ask questions as well.