We’ve talked about dog psychology in some other posts because it’s one of the most important
things to understand about our pets. People are always looking online for answers to questions
they have about dogs. Everything from questions on how to better train a dog, improve their
behavior, or even find the right animal for your lifestyle, can be better answered when you
know about how dogs think. We already touched on whether or not dogs get jealous,
understand concepts like revenge, or feel guilt. Let’s consider a few other important things to
know about how a dog’s brain works.
Dog psychology is a tricky area for a lot of pet owners. On one hand, dog psychology is certainly
more complex than a lot of other animals and they experience a lot of more complex emotions.
On the other hand, despite their intelligence, we sometimes apply more complex human
emotions onto them than we should. Knowing a bit more about how dogs think, and how they
don’t think, is vitally important to better understanding how to make them happy and keep
them in a good emotional place that’s best for everyone.
Dogs and humans have a lot in common. We both value companionship and friendship, we
both love to eat and play, and we both can suffer from allergies. In fact, allergies are more
common in dogs than most people realize. Some breeds are more susceptible than others, but
any dog can potentially be afflicted. Also like humans, dogs can suffer from both seasonal and
food allergies. On top of that, it’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer from allergies to bug bites
from pests such as fleas. For owners, it can be hard to see their furry friends suffer. But before
you can begin reading about treatments, it’s important to be able to identify symptoms.
One of the things that makes dogs so special is that they are lifelong companions. Loyal and
loving, your dog will want to be by your side all the time. And you’ll probably want the same
too. But that great thing about dogs is also one of the things that people fail to think about in
the early years. In case you didn’t know, dogs age! And they do so must faster than humans. In
what might seem like a short time to you, your energetic little friend can go from puppy, to
mature adult, to senior. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with older dogs. On the
contrary, most people find that caring for their dog in his later year to be extremely rewarding.
Nonetheless, just like you wouldn’t care for a puppy in the same way you would an adult dog,
senior dogs require their own set of rules.
Making judgements about how people raise and train their dogs, much like making judgements
about child rearing, can be a taboo subject in our society. Of course, it’s true that there isn’t
one cookie cutter way of raising a happy, healthy dog. That being said, there are certain
strategies that have gotten a bad, and undeserved, reputation in some circles. In this case,
we’re talking about crates. Now, we have to admit, many people use crates incorrectly (or even
inhumanely) to punish dogs or just keep them from bothering the family. It’s this sort of
behavior that has led to a backlash against crates in any scenario whatsoever. That’s a shame
because when they’re used right, crates aren’t just an effective training tool; they can actually
be a place of security for your dog.
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