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By Chanaka de Silva
Lots of dogs which are favored pets may adopt a certain dominant attitude. This is generally found among male dogs that are brought up alone. While as pups they are to be cute when they growl playfully at you, as adult that resist you and even challenges you it could seem rather dangerous problem. Like children dogs have to brought up firmly yet with a lot of love. All good behavior must be rewarded and rebellion must be checked.
This stems from the wild nature of the dog being a pack animal. They will simply behave this way unless you the pack leader put it in its place. While the well trained dog is a joy and an asset to possess an uncontrollable and aggressive dog is a life threatening liability. Take the a business of keeping a dog seriously, give it basic training and you will have the best companion for life.
Listed below are some of the more commonly faced problems associated with bossy dogs, and how to tackle them.
For some people, the phrase “top dog” isn’t just a saying It actually describes their dog. If you’ve got a dog who likes to boss you (or others) around, chances are you’ve got a dominance aggression problem in your household—a problem that could endanger you, your family, and others. Most dogs assume a neutral or submissive role toward people, but some dogs will challenge their owners for dominance. A “dominant” dog may stare, bark, growl, snap, or even bite when you give him a command or ask him to give up a toy, treat, or resting place. Sometimes even hugging, petting, or grooming can be interpreted as gestures of dominance and, therefore, provoke a growl or snap—and this is true even though your dog may still be very affectionate and often solicit petting and attention from you.
To understand why your dog behaves in these ways, it’s important to know some things about canine social systems. Animals who live in social groups, including wolves and domestic dogs, establish a social structure called a dominance hierarchy within their group. This hierarchy serves to maintain order, reduce conflict, and promote cooperation among group members. A position within the dominance hierarchy is established by each member of the group, based on the outcome of interactions between themselves and the other pack members. The more dominant animals can control access to valued items such as food, den ites, and mates. For domestic dogs, valued items might be food, toys, sleeping or resting places, and attention from their owner.
For your home to be a safe and happy place for pets and people, it’s best that the humans in the household assume the highest positions in the dominance hierarchy, particularly with dominant dogs.
Is Your Dog Dominant?
You may have a dominance issue with your dog if he:
Resists obeying well-known commands.
Won’t move out of your way when required.
Nudges your hand, mouths your arm, or insists on being petted or played with—in other words, he “orders” you to obey.
Defends food, toys, or other objects from you.
Growls or bares teeth under any circumstances.
Resists handling by you, the veterinarian, or the groomer.
Gets up on furniture without permission and won’t get down.
Snaps at you.
What to Do If You Recognize Signs of Dominance in Your Dog
If you recognize the beginning signs of dominance aggression in your dog, consult an animal behavior specialist immediately. Avoid using any form of physical punishment on your dog. Getting physical with a dominant dog may cause the dog to intensify his aggression, posing the risk of injury to you.
If your dog has shown signs of dominance aggression, take the following precautions to ensure the safety of your family and others who may encounter your dog: Avoid situations that bring out aggressive behavior.
Back off and use “happy talk” to relieve the intensity of situations in which your dog acts aggressively. Supervise, confine, and/or restrict your dog’s activities as necessary, especially when children or other pets are present. Use a head halter or muzzle to help control your dog when you’re outdoors. Brand names of head halters include Gentle Leader, Promise Collar, or Halt.
When you’re indoors with your dog, control access to parts of the home by using baby gates or by crating your dog. You can also use a cage-type muzzle, head halter, or leash for control purposes—but do so only when you can closely supervise your dog.
Dominance aggression problems are unlikely to go away without your taking steps to resolve them. Because dominant aggressive dogs can be potentially dangerous, treatment of dominance
aggression problems should always be supervised by an animal behavior specialist.
Becoming the Leader of the Pack
Use the following techniques—none of which require a physical confrontation with your dog—to help you gain some control over your dog and establish yourself as the “pack leader”:Spay or neuter your dog to reduce hormonal contributions to aggression. Understand spayed or neutered, it may take time for those hormones to clear from the body.In some cases, long-standing behavior patterns may continue even after the hormones or other causes no longer exist. Use a training technique called “Nothing In Life Is Free” to establish your leadership in a safe, non-confrontational way. This technique requires your dog to “work” for everything he gets from you. Have your dog obey at least one command (such as “sit”) before you pet him, give him dinner, put on his leash, or throw him a toy. If your dog doesn’t know any commands or doesn’t perform them reliably, you’ll fi rst have to teach him, using positive reinforcement techniques, and practice with him daily. You may need to seek professional help if, after two or three weeks of working on a command, your dog does not obey each time you ask.
Don’t feed your dog ‘people food’ from the table and don’t allow begging.
Ignore barking and jumping up.
Don’t allow your dog on the furniture or your bed unless invited to do so by you, because this is a privilege reserved for leaders. If your dog growls or snaps when you try to remove him from the furniture,
use a treat to lure him off. Otherwise, try to limit his access to your bed and/or furniture by using baby gates or a crate, or by closing doors.
Always remember to reward appropriate behavior.
Consult your veterinarian about acupuncture, massage therapy, or drug therapy. Your veterinarian may prescribe the temporary use of medication to be used in conjunction with behavior modification. Consider enrolling your dog in a training class. This may help establish a relationship between you and your dog in which you give commands and he obeys them. Be sure to choose a trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods. Understand that obedience classes alone, however, won’t necessarily prevent or reduce dominance aggression.
A Note about Children and Dogs
From your dog’s point of view, children, too, have a place in the dominance hierarchy. Because children are smaller and get down on the dog’s level to play, dogs often consider them to be playmates rather than superiors. Small children and dogs should never be left alone together without adult supervision. Older children should be taught how to play and interact appropriately and safely with dogs. Under no circumstances, however, should a child be left alone with a dog who has displayed signs of aggression.
One sunny morning when I was a walking
A walking along the street,
There appeared a dog from nowhere
Shabby dog, with all his hair falling,
A funny dog jumping and laughing
Walking sideways, squealing with delight,
I called him foxy because he looked like a fox,
And acted like a fox too
When I said “Foxy boy”
He wagged his tail and jumped into my arms.
And licked me all over.
All the way home.
From that day on he became my friend,
Afar better friend than most friends
But I knew it
Sometimes in his eyes it was shown.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today in a world where everyone seems to be running somewhere but getting nowhere, the one who suffers most is the dog. Everybody seems to be busy. Everybody has some problem. When dog get sick they have to be treated on the run. So they all want instant remedies.
Man today has limited his time by pretending to be efficient. Today no one wants to cook much. Eating out is the done thing. They do not want to bother to prepare food for the dog. So they all buy dry food. When they see the label that promises it to be a complete diet they are happy. They can pat themselves on their back. They have done their best. After all the food is imported. It must be better than what we prepare. This way we console ourselves.
All this seem ok till a dog gets sick. Then what do we do? We run to the Vet and mumble, generally that it did not eat for so many days. The vet gives some injections and the dog eats the next day and we are happy. But, does the dog recover with that one visit to the vet.? No. Recovery is, if at all generally slow. Why? Because the dog is already under the stress of a bad diet.
As mentioned in my previous article, the healthy dog is one that is basically fed well. A well balanced diet gives the dog the strength to resist disease, while a poor diet invites disease and makes recovery a very slow process.
When the dog is taken to a vet, except for a few dog lovers, others ask the servant when the dog ate last and tells that to the vet. Many people like to think that once a dog starts to eat it has fully recovered. They never check the gums to see if the they are still pale, and never check to see it there are red spots on the belly. They simply wait to see the dog eat.
A basic diet in this country is made up of leftovers which hardly make for a balanced diet. Proteins are at a minimum, eggs are never heard of. All this leads to a dog developing various chronic conditions.
When drugs are given to us we know how bad we feel. The after effects make us feel lethargic. We get sore throats and bad stomachs. We sometimes vomit. All this is because of the stress caused by the drugs. It is then safe to presume that the dog too feels the same because it must be going through the same stress.
Sometimes a vitamins are given with the drugs. Most people think that continuing the vitamins after the prescription is harmful to the dog, or so they say. Vitamins help the body in its daily functions. Vitamins help the body repair itself and Vitamins clear all the free radicals from the body. This alone helps the body perform better. Especially in time of stress more vitamins are needed to perform this task.
Vitamins are of two types/ water soluble and fat soluble. The water soluble ones are vitamin B and C. while the A , D and E are fat soluble.
The unutilized water soluble vitamins pass out of the body with the urine. Very large doses may have some side effects. However the benefits are greater. In the case of fat soluble vitamins the unutilized are stored in the liver. Here again the doses required to cause toxicity have not been certified under every circumstance. However it is better to be a safe than sorry. In the case of a dog that is already malnourished it is better to go the extra mile and try to save the dog.
When a disease remains long in the system it damages the internal organs. Here is the real damage. When the kidney and liver get affected it is like slow poisoning. It is really a slow death. You think that drugs should do it. Most vets will not tell you about vitamins. Then you can watch your dog die slowly. So then what is the solution for the average dog owner how genuinely wants to have a healthy dog? He has two options one is to learn nutrition or two he has to use supplements in the dog‘s diet.
What supplements do
Supplements balance shortfalls in the diet. As mentioned before when the food is lacking in
Quality it is obviously lacking vitamins and minerals. Besides the proteins and fats these are the two most important things in a diet.
The function of vitamins I briefly explained above. Minerals also have an equally important part play in helping the body grow, maintain and repair itself. The lack of certain minerals can cause certain diseases for which a proper diagnosis are not reached. Though many vets will try to go on symptoms they will never check on the diet and recommend correctives
Supplements like Brewer’s yeast have been known to be one of the most beneficial of all supplements. This residue yeast which does not rise, contains a lot of nutrition. Several of supplement tablets are made with this. Dogs also like to eat it has a meaty taste. This can be easily added to food, made an ingredient in a recipe and easily fed to the animals.
When a supplement like this is given daily or at least regularly you will find that over a period of time it has balanced many of the shortfalls in the diet. There is no substitute for a complete diet. But supplements help and dogs need them.