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How to Raise a Friendly Dog?

I.Interpreting Dog-friendly Language

It is not enough for a dog to get along with people, but owners must also fully understand the language system of their dogs. Animals do not have a language centre and cannot use rich language to express their feelings as humans do. They can only rely on their body and facial expressions to express their emotions. So, how do dogs show their love for their owners? When dogs want to play with you, they will raise their hind limbs, lower their front limbs, wag their tails vigorously and their eyes sparkle.

1.Signs of Happiness

When you see a dog with its tail raised high and constantly wagging back and forth, it means it is in a very good mood. Jumping at a person’s feet and constantly wiggling his body to rub against his owner’s legs means that the dog is very happy to see his owner and desperately wants his owner’s attention.

When a dog opens its mouth and the corners of its mouth rise slightly, it looks like a human is smiling. If your dog’s eyes are narrowed and his ears are back, he is very comfortable and wants to be petted by his owner. When you see this expression on your dog’s face, don’t be shy about petting him.


2.Signs of Unhappiness

Wagging the tail is not always a sign of happiness. But if the dog is wagging its tail low between its legs, this is usually a sign of nervousness and fear. At that time, the dog is vulnerable and aggressive, so it is best not to provoke him, but to show him kindness and remove his nervousness and caution.

If you see your dog’s tail drooping and his ears falling back, this is an indication that he is in a bad mood. Owners should offer comfort and rewards at this point. If the situation is too serious, it is time to go to the vet for a doctor’s advice.



3.Body Language That is Easily Overlooked

Boredom: Yawning is not necessarily a sign of sleepiness, it can also be a sign that your dog is bored and is trying to tell you “come and play with me, master”.

Loneliness: Dogs are afraid of being lonely. If you see your dog’s back arched and his eyes forlorn before you go out, he must be sensing that you are leaving him.

Tired: Of course, your dog is tired. When his jaw is stretched out on the ground or his tongue is hanging out on walks, it means he needs a rest.


II.The Friendliness Test of Dogs

The breed-based personality test is only a general classification. But in reality, like humans, every dog has its personality. What does your dog look like? Take the test.

1.Tolerance Test

Test method: Hug the dog dozens of times in a row.

Hugs are the most comforting gesture for the soul, and they are a very effective way to find out what kind of personality your dog has. The owner can crouch down and hold the dog in a hug, or just take him in his arms. After repeating this action several times, observe the dog’s mood. If the dog is very excited and happy, and keeps making leg flaps to show that he is willing to continue to be hugged, then your dog has a good temperament. He is very happy to have physical contact with his owner and is trusting and friendly towards people. Such a dog will not easily lose his temper with his owner and will be less likely to attack a stranger.

The other scenario is that the dog starts to avoid the owner just as soon as he crouches down and acts very aggressive or even makes threatening noises when being hugged. When this happens, it means that he is an unsocial dog and does not like too much contact with people. Owners must then be careful and ensure safety when strangers try to approach their dog.



2.Excitement Test

Test method: Create a noise around the dog and observe the dog’s reaction.
Animals have very acute hearing and are very sensitive to stimulating sounds. Of course, different dogs have different tolerances for sound. Owners can make noise with anything they can find to observe their dog’s reaction, such as the clattering of plastic bags, the sound of water in a washing machine, the wind from a hairdryer, the noise of a hoover, etc. Most dogs will be upset and irritable when they first hear these noises, which is a normal reaction for dogs. He may also start to get excited and bark. If you notice that he starts to get out of control, turn the sound off and see when he can calm down.

Some dogs are very excitable when they hear noise and take a long time to settle down after the noise has gone. This is a very active dog. Sensitive and timid dogs may hide under sofas or beds where they feel safe and not venture out until long after the noise has died down.

3.Dependency Test

Test method: Hold out your hand to your dog and see if it will lick or sniff.
Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell than humans. They rely on their sense of smell to recognize other dogs and their owner. When you first meet your dog, it is a good idea to put your hand in front of his nose and let him smell you, and observe his reaction. This action will test how much your dog relies on you.

A dog with a friendly disposition and who is very attached to its owner will seem very happy. He may stick out his tongue and lick your hand, or stand up happily and bring his head over to be petted. This means that the dog is not averse to human contact and enjoys having someone to play with.

Of course, some dogs may show rebelliousness. He may turn his head away in disgust, or get up and walk away from you to stare at you warily. In more severe cases, he may show his teeth and bark in a low tone. This is an indication that this is not an easy-going dog. When going out for a walk, do make sure that the dogs are kept on a lead to prevent him from attacking others for protecting itself.



4.Separation Anxiety Test

Test method: Leave your dog alone for a while and see if he acts very depressed and anxious.

When we bring our dog home, he becomes one of our family members. Just like us humans, dogs can become very attached to their family members.

Separation anxiety is the sadness and distress that occurs when a dog develops a close emotional relationship with someone and then has to be separated from them, which is an indication of a refusal to be separated.

Owners can install a camera in their home and observe how their dog behaves when they are alone. If he shows reluctance to leave you and soon starts to panic with anxiety, he is probably suffering from separation anxiety. This indicates that the dog is very dependent on people and the owner should stay at home with him as often as possible, if possible.

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