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Getting Along with People, a Must for Cute Dogs
As the New Year is approaching, the days full of joy and excitement draw near too. But as for dogs, they are looking forward to the arrival of the New Year as well as afraid of it. Dogs will be dazzled and exhausted by all kinds of food and numerous guests. The pet dogs are familiar with humans as well as other dogs because they have been around people from the very beginning. But some dogs are too unsocial while others are too hospitable, both of which can be a headache for their owners. Let’s learn more about the mental world of dogs to train our dogs to be well-behaved and friendly.
I. Knowing Human Beings from Early Childhood
It is often said that dogs are man’s best friend. From a dog’s perspective, contacting with humans is an indispensable experience in their short lives. Dogs are pack animals. When they make contact with humans around them, they use genetic information and past experiences to determine how to handle their behavior with that person by judging the pack’s relationship with that person. In other words, the moment dogs meet humans, the dog’s cognitive relationship with both the owner and anyone else begins. That means, in all the processes of contact between dogs and people, either humans train the dogs or the dogs train humans.
1.Living environment determines characters
A dog’s character comes partly from its genetic makeup and partly from how it is shaped by life later in life. When a dog first enters a home, the living environment that the family provides for it will largely influence the character traits of the dog when it grows up. For example, if a dog that is very sensitive and timid lives in a home with many family members and has to come into contact with different family members, then it will grow up to be used to being around different people. Even if it meets a stranger when it grows up, it will not attack people randomly when it is frightened.
2.The owner’s personality also counts
When you have a dog for a long time, do you find that a dog’s character is becoming more and more similar to its owner’s? Yes, the owner’s personality and attitude have a great effect on the dog’s character. For example, if a silent owner has a lively and active dog, after living together for a long time, the dog may also become a bit unsocial and less inclined to engage with strangers. Therefore, if you feel that your dog is not as friendly as you wish, the problem may lie with you.
3.Social training is essential
It’s okay not to be able to influence your dog with the living environment and your personality. Effective social training can make a difference. There are many aspects of social training for puppies. We will cover some of the most common ones that can be done at home later. With patience and persistence, owners can train well-mannered dogs.
4.The dog’s characters
A dog’s attitude towards humans depends mainly on its characters. Normally, different breeds have different personality traits.
- Terrier: Tough, tenacious, adaptable and temperamental. They will be very lovable pets, such as the Schnauzer.
- Hunting dog: They are fond of immersing themselves in their own world and will often behave in a solitary manner, such as the Greyhound.
- Sporting dog: Active and very intelligent. Mental encouragement is needed to be trained well, such as Labrador.
- Shepherd: Intelligent and curious. Lots of fun training is needed to keep their brain active, such as the Great Pyrenees.
- Playful dog: Best friends and companions for humans. They need their owner’s company badly, otherwise, they will become very frustrated, such as the Pug.
II. Developing Friendly Character from an Early Age
In addition to innate factors, a dog’s character is also influenced by the personality of its owner, the attitude of its family members and the way it is cared for. For example, if a very timid dog is brought up in a lively and noisy environment, it may change its timid character; if it is brought up in a closed and small environment, it will only become timider and timider and may become very self-protective when it grows up, and may easily attack people. Therefore, proper social training is crucial and should not be missed if owners want their dog to be well-mannered.
1.Exposing your dog to other animals
Getting to know each other with other similar or different species is the first thing for a puppy to learn. This training is best started when the puppy is between 1-3 months old. The owner must first make sure that the dog feels safe and comfortable, and then expose him to 10 different breeds of dogs with completely different physical characteristics under these conditions. It is even better if there are other common small pets such as cats, birds and hamsters. Be sure to ensure the dog’s safety and also give some extra reward so that he learns that these animals are harmless to him.
2.Exposing your dog to humans
Once the dog is familiar with the other animals, it is time to expose him to the humans he will spend time with later. A puppy should be exposed to at least 10 people from different walks of life to get familiar with their scent and appearance. Then make sure the dog is not nervous and scared before allowing the puppy to take food from the hands of these people. To entice the dog, it is best to take something tasty that he would not normally eat. In this way, the dog will be able to associate humans with the tasty treats. As they grow up, they will be less likely to be hostile to humans.
3.Adapting to noisy environments
Living in a city naturally means being exposed to busy traffic and numerous people. These external environments are also what dogs must adapt to. Most dogs feel nervous and scared when they first arrive in an unfamiliar and chaotic place. As long as the owner is not rushed and works gradually to familiarise the dog with the environment, most dogs will adapt quickly. Of course, constant rewards are also essential in this training. The owner should pet and praise the dog from time to time, and also give rewards in the form of treats and toys, so that he thinks the noisy environment can also bring joy and he will no longer be afraid.
4.Desensitisation training for specific sounds
In addition to the sound of firecrackers during New Year, which is a nightmare for many dogs, many noises in the home are also a source of stress for dogs. To help dogs live better with humans, owners need to help desensitise them to sound. Owners can pre-record noises such as firecrackers, washing machines spinning and cooker hoods working, and play them for their dogs to listen to, while rewarding them in various ways so that they associate these noises with happy emotions.
If your dog show no aggressive behaviour when confronted with strangers and dogs, but simply shows a reluctance to actively get to know them, this is often due to a combination of pedigree and inadequate puppy socialisation. But just like us humans, some people like a lively crowd while others prefer a quiet and relaxed environment, both of which are reasonable. It is just the result of a combination of genetic and acquired influences. It should be tolerated as long as they do not show obvious resistance to strangers and dogs. Tolerating a dog’s character is also a form of showing respect for animals.