How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind

 


Have you ever thought on how your dog sees you? An alpha? A best bud? A parent? A food provider? A can opener?

Most pet owners make up all kinds of interpretations about how their pets feel towards them. But due to technology these days, the experts can already capture images of actual canine thought process.

The researchers and experts from Emory University developed a new technology in scanning and exploring the minds of our four-legged companion. They are using the fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technique, the same way they do in order to unlock the secrets of a human brain.

In a study, they found out that dogs respond closely to humans’ hand signals and it also has a direct line to their reward system. That would explain why your dog would come near you in an instant if you have a reward for him compared to when you are barehanded.

How your Dog Sees You

How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind

Unlock His Bark Code

When your pet is barking a lot, there may be a cause to it. Rather than letting him be and keeping an endless supply of earplugs, know what your pet is trying to tell you. It is not healthy for the both of you in the long run if you decide to ignore your pet. Who knows, your pet is already thinking how inconsiderate you are for not taking the time to listen to him. You don’t want that, do you?

“I’m Confused” Bark

This is characterized with a loud, endless barking towards a person/thing that he is afraid of. First, know the history of your pet. If he has previous trauma then try to heal it before you encourage him to deal with his issues. There are also times where your pet would end up jumping in your arms or hiding between your legs after barking loudly. This means that he is so threatened and confused of what is going on around him and he is seeking security from you. If you have this kind of pet, do not reprimand him. Rather support and show him that there is nothing to worry about. Project that authorative energy so that your pet would pick that up from you and would be less fearful.

“I’m Scared” Bark

Most of the time, a dog would have to have a traumatic incident before he would develop a fear towards something and that is where the fear bark comes in. Dealing with a fearful dog is not easy since the mere sight of a person/thing that he is afraid of would immediately cause him to act inappropriately. However, Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan reminds all pet owners that dog’s are very sensitive to our own emotions. If we ourselves would imagine that something bad would happen because that person/thing is there your pet can sense the anxiety, sadness and fear from you. However, if you are showing him that nothing is wrong and that you feel good, then he would also feel the same. Though, your pet may need rehab, but it all boils down to you and your feelings.

“I’m Bored” Bark

This usually happens when you go to work and your pet would begin to bark loudly nonstop until you come home. This is also connected with separation anxiety but if you only give your pet 15 minutes of exercise per day then you leave him for work, then he is so bored out of his mind already. You as an owner should do something about it. Seek professional help or read help books to improve the situation. Always remember that you have your work, friends and other stuff going on while your pet only has you.

“I’m Spoiled” Bark

This is characterized with nonstop barking fits when your pet doesn’t get what he wants or worse, would use his charms to get other people’s attention and then growl and threaten them once he has succeeded with his goal. This attitude cam about due to the owners themselves. If you are over indulging your pet and give in to what he always wants, then HE is the pack leader and not you! Better seek help from an expert in order to correct this attitude before it goes on any longer.

Knowing how your dog sees you is an eye opener for every dog parent out there. Do not ever underestimate your dog’s sensitivity to our emotions. If you help him identify and face his fears and do not fuel him with your own disorganized and panic thoughts, then everything would run smoothly.

So, what or who are you in your pet’s eyes? Who is the leader of the pack? Is it really you? Share with us your story on the space provided below.

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How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

Question: As a dog owner, do you know how to handle dog attack? It may have happened to you before: you were simply passing by with your dog or cycling alone through a neighborhood when suddenly out of the blue a dog suddenly crosses your path. The dog would show aggressive behavior and even charges at you and your dog. So much for being man’s best friend. Even small dogs like your very own pekingese is capable of giving you a painful bite when he is feel threathened and all worked up. According to the US statistics, nearly 5M people are attacked by canines yearly, and 1000 individuals go to the emergency room on a daily basis due to a dog attack. Most of the victims are children and most have been bitten on the face.

There are various of reasons on why a dog would act aggressively however there are only two categories of biting dogs. Your chances of being bitten would be greatly reduced if you are able to tell what kind of behavior he is exhibiting and act accordingly. Know that canines don’t smell fear, however they can read body languages easily.

  • Fear Biter – Ninety percent of the biters belong to this category. These are the dogs that feel threatened and all worked up. 
  • Brave Biter – Ten percent of the biters are in this group. These are the dogs who want to establish dominance over anyone.

How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

 

How to Handle Dog Attack

When approached by a stray dog, no matter the size, stop walking completely. Stand completely still and get a sighting on the dog without making eye contact. With your head pointed down toward the ground (this is a non-aggressive motion), watch the dog from the corner of your eye. Do not make eye contact or stare at the dog. Say nothing at first, most dogs will go away if you stop moving and do nothing. You become boring to them, so they move on. Continue to watch the dog until it is completely out of sight, and remain aware that it may still be watching you from a distance. Walk away slowly, or back away slowly if the dog is still near you. Do not turn your back, even on a retreating dog.

If the dog continues to advance on you, stay where you are and say the word “no” loud and firmly. Don’t scream or yell at the dog. Nearly every dog knows what “no” means and will usually back off when told firmly. Don’t raise a hand when you say it, remain perfectly still and standing up straight. Again, keep the dog in your sights in the same way as above, with your head down and not staring. Slowly back out of the situation while repeating the word “no” to the dog. Do not turn your back on the dog.

Source: Yahoo, http://voices.yahoo.com/dog-attacks-confronted-aggressive-8440355.html by Meucci Cameron

Fear Biter Characteristics

  • Bare teeth a lot.
  • Crouching position most of the time.
  • He would circle or try top get to one side of you.
  • He would act angrily.
  • Try to lunge in and out, trying to take a bite you while on the run.

What to Do:

  • Halt completely.
  • Face him with your face and body.
  • If he tries to circle you, pivot your feet and keep on facing him. If tries to bite you, tell him ‘NO’ in a stern manner.
  • If you have something with you, keep it between the dog and you.
  • If owner shows up, do not take your eyes off the canine.
  • If dog is persistent, walk backwads slowly until you are out of his territory. It is utmost important that you do not tun your back on the dog or yell and run.

Brave Biter Characteristics

  • They seldom act angrily.
  • Their tails and ears are held high at all times.
  • They prance in a proud manner as they walk towards you.
  • They do not circle you.
  • They may wag their tail while held high and put a paw on you.

What to Do:

  • Relax and stop jogging or walking.
  • Turn your body slightly so that you are not completely facing him.
  • Fold your arms and keep them high on your chest.
  • If he stands up on you, do not hold him down, just stand still!
  • If he would walk away, you should do it also in a careful and slow manner. Remember to keep your eye on the dog.

Know that dogs only bite when they feel stressed out, threatened or if they think that one of his family members is in danger. If a dog would chase you, do not run because running is a submissive behavior and he would be challenged and pursue the attack. Every person should know how to handle dog attack because your reaction would determine if you can walk away unharmed or injured or worse.

Did you experience a dog attack? How did you handle it? Share with us your story.

 

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Aggressive Behavior in Dogs: Understanding your Pekingese

Aggressive Behavior in Dogs: Understanding your Pekingese

Aggressive behavior in dogs is a major issue for owners and handlers. Dog aggression actaully stem’s from his dominance and frustration. This frustration comes from boredom and lack of exercise. Any breed can really cause trouble and the only difference between an aggressive pekingese and an aggressive german sheperd is that the bigger breed can cause bigger damage.

For most aggressive dogs, lack of exercise is the culprit. Doggy exercise burns their energy and keeps them sane at the same time. Giving them an exercise is important since in order for you to be able to talk to him successfully, you have to remove all those excess energy.

Every dog needs a dog obedience training just like how you would teach your own child how to behave. It is normal for dogs to have behaviorial issues and it is not a reason for you to panic. If you happen to own an unruly pekingese, fret not since there are solutions for this problem.

Pekingese is a breed that is naturally protective with its owner so don’t be shocked if he would be aggressive towards strangers. You just have to teach him how to socialize properly. However, if your pekingese is showing aggressiveness towards your own family, you must step up as the pack leader and control him. Find out why he behaves that way, usually it is mistreating or mishandling.

Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Dog agression is a fairly common problem that many owners will face at a previous time in their dog’s life or another. It is essentially so common that there are hundreds on loads of studies associated with aggression. Accept it or not, there are actually many kinds types of aggression and each one will need to be handled in a little different manner. The kinds of aggression are:

– Dog Aggression : this will be seen in numerous different breeds and it is essentially aggression a dog shows to other dogs.

– Dominant Aggression : This is a particularly major kind of aggression since the dog has many marks that you would see in a “bully.” One of the biggest problems with dominant aggression is that it is not always seen as aggression, just an alpha personality doing what it does best, until the dog attacks somebody or something.

– Pain Aggression: This is aggression that is shown when a dog is in pain. · Maternal Aggression: Seen only in female dogs, this is an aggression that is seen when a female is raising a litter of puppies.

– Territorial Aggression : There are a few breeds of dogs that are prone to territorial aggression where they see an area such as the house, the yard, the area or all the above as his. When other animals or people enter his territory, he reacts in an aggressive manner.

Source: Dog Aggression, https://sites.google.com/site/dogagression/dog-agression-training-made-easy by Ray Reed

5 Tips to Correct Aggression Behavior

  • Pet him always. Handling your puppy or dog regularly in a loving manner would let him get used to being touched by humans.
  • Be the pack leader. Show him that you are the Alpha and not him.
  • Socialize. If he is still a puppy, expose him to as many people as possible. Take him on walks and dog parks/beaches to enhance and mold his socialization skills.
  • Correct training. Keep his obedience lessons short, concise, frequent and brief. Make it 2 15-minute sessions per day.
  • Positive Association. Make use of rewards (treats, praise or toys) when you see him behave properly. If he disobeys, don’t do something harsh, time-out or ignoring him for 5 minutes would suffice as punishment already.

Aggressive behavior in dogs is not really something to be overly worried about. If you see aggression in your pekingese, you could always control him and train him. If you seek professional help, do not hesitate to do it. Your pekingese if your responsibility and it is not fair for him if you give up easily on him just because of a simple behavioral problem.

Have you handled an aggressive dog before? How did you do it? Share with us your story by leaving a message below.

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