Dog Behavior – A Basic Overview


Dog Behavior - A Basic Overview

When it comes to adopting a puppy, how do you find the best dog for your new family? How do you know if he or she is healthy and happy, or more likely to have behavioral problems? With so many great breeds available, it’s hard to know where to start. This article will cover some of the basics of dog behavior and hopefully, help you decide if your new puppy is a good match for your family.

If you don’t want to adopt a puppy, but would like to learn more about him or her, consider adopting a rescue puppy. There are many local and national organizations that take in abandoned, sick, abused, and unwanted dogs and place them in loving foster homes until they are adopted by families who can provide the loving homes they need.

Dog Behavior - A Basic Overview
Dog Behavior – A Basic Overview

These dogs will not be used as a test subject for any type of medication, or be treated as an experiment for any kind of behavioural study, but a rescue puppy will live out his or her life a little more comfortably than your average dog would. They are more likely to be spayed or neutered. More likely to receive heartworm and flea preventative, and less likely to have any behavioural issues or behavioural problems.

Fleas- Dog Behavior

A common problem that many rescue dogs face is fleas. Many dogs are treated for fleas with various sorts of topical treatments. Moreover some even require the use of special bedding made specifically for fleas.

Socialization is another issue that many people are unfamiliar with when it comes to dog behaviour.

Establish Territories- Dog Behavior

Dogs have a need to establish territories. Many times this occurs in the home, with one dog or family dog trying to dominate the house. By licking furniture, laying on beds, jumping on beds, and other aggressive behaviour. If you feel the need to create a safer environment for your dog. You need to create a safe area where your dog can play or exercise is often the best option.

Dog Behavior - A Basic Overview
Dog Behavior – A Basic Overview

Some simple steps you can take to ensure this does not happen include buying an outside run for your dog to play in, setting up a crate, having a separate area to exercise the dog, or purchasing a kennel for your dog. For example, a simple “dog kennel” is just a small dog run enclosed by a door. Moreover, your dog will spend many of his or her nights there.

Playpen

You could also try purchasing a smaller dog and placing him or her in a “playpen” where you have the alternative way to exercise your dog without having to spend all of your time outside.

This includes pulling, biting, jumping, and other aggression. What many people forget is that a dog only needs to bite a person once to cause serious injury. So a dog who has a bad temperament, and is aggressive, is not a good match for a family.

Once you have settled on a new dog and everything is settled, make sure you treat the dog the same way you would a child. Provide a loving environment where he or she will feel comfortable. Moreover do not punish him or her for bad behaviour.

In conclusion, this is a brief discussion of some of the basics of dog behaviour. My hope is that you will be able to learn a little more about what your new puppy needs to be the best dog, and best friend for you and your family. Good luck!

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