Dogs Beg The Question: Is There Training Available For Our HumanFriends?

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    The focus of many pet owners seems to be directed towards their
    animals, which makes a great deal of sense in most cases. However,
    when trying to correct unwanted behavior in your dog you might want to
    point that finger inward sometimes and have a little glimpse in the
    mirror. It is easy to become annoyed with your pet when you feel as
    though you have tried everything and nothing seems to work.

    Maybe your Boston Terrier continues to chew on your shoes or other
    objects while you are not at home. Perhaps the Maltese in your life
    still has accidents in the house rather than letting you know she
    needs to go outside. On the other hand, possibly you have a Yorkshire
    Terrier that snips at strangers, even guests in your home when they
    try to pet him. All of these and many other undesirable behaviors that
    dogs may posses can leave a pet owner feeling frustrated and at their
    wits end with their furry little friend.

    Have you ever considered though when faced with one of these
    situations that the dog is trying to communicate something to you? Is
    it possible that Sparky just feels neglected during those long days
    alone at home while you are at work? Sometimes we can have a big
    impact on our dogs if we look at our own behavior and consider what
    the pooch may be trying to tell us through their difficult behavior.
    Obviously dogs can not talk or speak with us as a human can when they
    need to communicate their feelings. That is not to say that canines
    are not vocal because as many of us know they can express quite a lot
    at times through their barking, growling or whining. However, to
    really pinpoint what the issue is for your pet you may find that you
    are the one that actually holds the answers.

    Dogs have a very keen awareness for their surroundings and the people
    in their environment. As most dog owners come to realize, the bond
    between your dog and you can be extremely strong. There are people who
    report that during a challenging illness or devastating time in their
    life that their dog responded as though they knew what was going on
    and they helped their owner through the rough time. Sometimes by just
    sitting near their owner or laying at their feet, other times dogs may
    whine and pace back and forth, especially when other people are around
    because they are trying to indicate that their owner needs help.

    Experts have even confirmed that dogs do have an ability to detect
    several human emotions and many of them will respond in unique ways.
    For example; when there is a lot of anger or arguing occurring within
    a household your dog may respond by acting up in a number of ways,
    which is not a problem with the dog but rather your pet is responding
    to the hostility and unpleasantness it senses in the house. Everyone
    goes through difficult periods in their life and it is obviously
    impossible to avoid exposing your dog to any anger or hostile
    situations throughout their life. The important thing to remember is
    that your situation and how you handle it is not your dog's choice or
    within their area of responsibility.

    Dogs deserve and hopefully get, the majority of times anyway, a good,
    loving and stable home. They respond well to a structured environment,
    complete with rules and routines. If you typically get up each morning
    and walk your dog before you go to work and then you suddenly stop
    doing it all together, your dog will respond in some way, possibly a
    negative one. It is not the dog's fault that you changed your behavior
    and they have no other way of communicating other than to chew up
    stuff or have an accident in the house as their way of saying, "hey
    what is going on." In some cases dogs can even become depressed, this
    happens most frequently in situations where the dog was once loved and
    well cared for and then suddenly became ignored and forgotten about.
    It is really sad to see a dog that is in this form of doggy-depression
    because again, they did not ask to come to live with you, you chose
    them.

    There are obviously other concerns you must deal with when you are
    going through a difficult time, like loosing your job or going through
    a divorce, and you should always take care of the important aspects
    related to these situations. It is understandable that a dog can
    suddenly become a lower priority in your life however, if you are
    unhappy with their behavior because they are acting out in response to
    their environment; take that into consideration before disciplining
    your pet or giving up on them all together.

    Dogs may secretly harbor the desire to have all humans attend some
    sort of training school before they decide to become a pet owner,
    however, since that is not very likely to happen, remember to think
    about your own behavior when examining your dog's. That precious pooch
    can sometimes be just what you need to get through a difficult time
    and maintaining their routine for their benefit can in many ways
    benefit you also.

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