We saw a recent article on Yahoo! Shine detailing seven dog breeds that don’t deserve their stereotype and really wanted to share it. We couldn’t agree more! Properly training your dog, regardless of breed, is the single most important thing owners can do to make sure he grows up without any behavioral issues.
“All dogs need to be properly socialized and trained so they are not fearful, which almost always leads into aggression,” Ulbrich says. “Dogs need to learn boundaries and have bite inhibition. They should be taught not to growl or snap when upset.”
She also emphasizes dogs should be treated as individuals and it isn’t fair to make general assumptions about a breed.
“I don’t like spearking in generalities about breed,” Ulbrich says. “Breeds are like nationalities for people; they might look similar, but personalities and disorders vary greatly.”
Have you ever been at a dog park and seen two dogs get in a fight? Or heard of a dog that viciously attacked another dog “out of nowhere?” In reality, it’s never out of nowhere. These dogs show signs of fear and/or aggression, signs that often go undetected or get overlooked.
Dogs obviously do not speak English but they do have their own communication clues that you as a pet parent are responsible for learning. This will prevent so many problems and may save your pet’s life.
“Knowing when your dog is fearful or agitated or even in pain are all important things to learn,” behavioral therapist and expert dog trainer Beverly Ulbrich says. “You want to teach your dog to be relaxed and comfortable so they don’t do harm to themselves or others when they are not feeling well, emotionally or physically.”
Let’s go over some signs you should look out for; if you see your dog exhibiting these behaviors, you should address it immediately.
A chewed shoe. Or carpet. Or couch. Or insert chewed item here.
When you come home to “accidents” such as these, it’s easy to blame your dog. But guess what? It’s your fault! You didn’t provide your dog with an outlet to release his energy and he took it out on your shoe, or other household items. Your dog could also be anxious about being left alone.
“A tired dog is a good dog,” behavioral therapist and trainer Beverly Ulbrich says. “Making sure your dog has enough physical and mental stimulation to drain his nervous energy will ensure his safety when left alone.”
If you aren’t able to get your dog out for a long-enough walk, it’s a good idea to go with a chew alternative, such as a bully stick.