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 Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs: Know How to Control your Pekingese

How to Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs: Know How to Control your Pekingese

How to stop excessive barking in dogs? Well, what can I say? Dogs will always be dogs. They will howl, whine and bark- that is only natural. Canines bark, or should I say vocalize in order for them to communicate with us as well as to express how they feel. They bark to warn us with the danger that is lurking ahead of us. But, if your dog does excessive barking down to the slightest detail, then that is already considered as a behavioral issue. For starters, your pet must know when to be quiet and when to bark and it is your job as the owner to teach him this. And the longer you teach him this, the harder it is to correct his behavior. This may be easier said than done as it would really require dedication, patience and consistency on your part.

There are various reasons on why your dog barks and it is very essential for you to understand them. Dogs don’t bark just because they want to annoy your neighbor or you nor becuase they think they can. Some breeds barks more than others while others don’t bark at all like the Basenji. And if you take the time to listen to their barking carefully, you will be able to decipher the different types of barks.

  • Alert. Intruder alert, most of the time. They tend to bark at the person who will pass by your house. It is their way of telling the other person not to mess with your house since he is there guarding the place. Mostly, this kind of bark is loud, authoritative and sharp.
  • Excitement. This is common in younger dogs or puppies. They bark while fooling around with you or with other dogs. And the sound of their bark is joyous and musical. Other dogs also bark like this when they know that you will take them for a walk or stroll in the car.
  • Seeking attention. You know when you hear this kind of bark. He would simply try to get your attention to let you know that he is there and that he is bored.
  • Anxiety. This is the kind of bark where whining is also present. This is common in dogs who are suffering from separation anxiety.

How to Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs

Remember, barking is natural! It’s an important means of communication for dogs. But sometimes problems can develop. As the pack leader, it’s your job to step in and control excessive barking. Here are my 5 tips to help you stop nuisance barking for good.

  • Correct dog problem behavior and follow through.
  • Stay calm when trying to stop dog barking.
  • Stake your claim to stop the barking.
  • Stop the barking by challenging your dog mentally and physically.
  • Get professional help to stop dog barking.

Source: Cesar’s Way, http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/problembehaviors/5-tips-for-handling-nuisance-barking by Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer)

Preventing/Stopping Excessive Barking in Dogs

  • Exercise. Like how the old saying goes: “A tired dog is a quiet dog.” See to it that he has a lot of exercise so that he won’t have any pent-up energy inside which he would burn by barking endlessly.
  • Don’t leave him. By any chance, please do avoid leaving your dog alone for very long periods of time.
  • Don’t encourage barking. If he is barking just to get your attention, acknowledge it but don’t give him treats, pet, or hug him. He may associate it as a reward and he would be encouraged to bark more.
  • No shouting or punishing. Do not reprimand your dog by shouting if he is barking, this may cause him to bark even more.
  • Get her attention. Try clapping or whistling just to get his attention for a while and give him his favorite toy or treat to keep him busy. Puzzle toys are encouraged since it would stimulate his intelligence as well as keep him busy for hours.
  • Discipline him. Never allow your dog to keep on barking outside for no reason at all. Train him to be quiet to avoid making your neighbors as enemies.
  • Seek professional help. If you think you have done the best to your abilities and still  fail, try consulting the experts so that they can help you out with your problem.

Debarking is not a solution on how to stop excessive barking in dogs. In a dog lover’s opinion this surgery is rather unfair and unnecessary to the dog. There are lots of ways to correct your dog’s attitude, do your homework and implement them.

However, if the case here is your neighbor’s dog then that is just a nightmare especially if you cannot get any rest or sleep due to it. Try approaching the owner politely about it or send him a civil letter. You could also include in your letter the name of a trainer or dog behaviorist that you think could help him/her. However, if he/she would still continue to not do anything about the situation, then your last resort is to call the police.

Have you encountered such a neighbor? How did you handle the situation? Were you able to rectify the problem? Tell us more about the story by the space provided below. We would love to hear from you.

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Pekingese Insider Tip #2: How to Control Dog Barking

Pekingese Insider Tip #2: How to Control Dog Barking

So, how to control dog barking? Dogs bark for several reasons and not just because they perceive it as fun. In order for you to understand your pekingese, you should find out the primary cause of it. The pekingese breed is a dog watchdog since they are barkers, really. They tend to bark at anything and everything that they think is threatening. However, if you find it too noisy, then you should illiminate the reason on why he is barking away.

Dogs usually bark to warn their owners about something or when they are anxious, excited or feeling playful, when they are seeking attention or bored and when responding to the bark of other dogs.

But if your pekingese barks for no reason at all then the reason for that is the fact that you may have had put him in a spot where it is more rewarding for him to bark than to be quiet. And the solution here lies in you, you must be able to train him that being quiet is more rewarding that being so noisy.

How to Control Dog Barking

Dogs bark for a purpose. As a pack animal, the barking serves to communicate with the pack, even if the only other member of that pack is the dog owner. One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how do I stop my dog from barking?’.

When a dog owner asks how to stop a dog from barking, the question is really ‘how do I turn off the behaviour?’. A simple way to turn ‘off’ the behaviour is to learn how to turn ‘on’ the behaviour. Yes, one of the simplest way to stop the dog from barking is to teach the dog to bark. In teaching the dog to bark, it is putting the behaviour under stimulus control. You control the barking. It can be a game to dog. However, it does teach the dog exactly what you, the owner and hopefully the pack leader, wants.

Source: Locker Gnome, http://www.lockergnome.com/uncategorized/2007/02/22/dog-training-how-to-control-barking/ by Catherine Forsythe

Bark Control Techniques:

  1. Find out why your dog is barking. Try to figure out if it is caused by excitement, boredom, or he is simply guarding your place. If you find the cause, eliminate it immediately.
  2. Take him out on a walk or let him play outside to relieve his boredom. Bring him to obedience training school if you can afford it. But him different dog toys and puzzle cubes that has keebles in them to reduce his boredom when you are not around.
  3. Bring him inside your place at night so that he won’t be disturbing the neighbors plus he won’t also be hearing too much noise that might cause him to bark. Also try installing privacy fencing so that he won’t see any distractions that might cause him to bark.
  4. When he is barking, encourage him to stop by gently closing his mouth and command him to stop and offer him his favorite treat when he follows you.
  5. Consider using an anti-bark collar. There are 3 kinds of collars: spray, aversive, and shock. Shock collars causes pain and would increase behavior problems. Citronella spray collars are as effective as the shock collars minus the harm done. Sound-releasing collars emit a sound that only dogs can hear but it isn’t that effective.

Those are just simple steps on how to control dog barking. It is not a complete list and there are other more aggressive ways in order to debark your pekingese if you want to. Just consult your vet about it.  If you ask me, training your pekingese to become a less barker is better than totally silencing him via surgical means. It is normal for a dog to bark as it is their way of conveying their feelings to us, just try to understand them and be patient on training him to bark less.

Any suggestions on how you handle your dog barking? Share your ideas with us so that we can help each other out in solving this issue.

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