What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

Attention is a form of affection for dogs, and when they receive a human’s attention, it pleases and satisfies a need for them. It is important to be aware of the dog’s state of mind when you are giving the attention and affection they seek.   If a dog is barking and you start to pet him, the dog will receive a message that if he barks he will receive petting and affection. Often times when a small dog starts to bark at strangers, the owner will pick up the small dog in order to calm him down. The dog … Continue reading

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Impulse control in dogs: Working on impulse control and arousal levels helps a dog become calm and self- controlled.   Impulsive individuals are usually characterized by rapid responses to stimulation, accelerated action and difficulties with inhibiting their responses (Miklosi, 2015). Arousal levels can look different in different dogs. Some dogs respond more quickly and intensely to a certain stimulus than other dogs (Overall, 2005). Individual variation is seen in the reaction to a positive stimulation (food for example) or in aggressive behavior. In aggressive behavior, a more impulsive dog may bite sooner and more forcefully and escalate a fight faster … Continue reading