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Understanding Dog Behavior Articles

Bruno the Boxer giving his paw to a child for a treat

Free online lessons to learn how to speak dog. The articles below guide you through learning how to communicate with and better understand the language of the dog. Even if the topic of the page appears to not apply to your own situation, there is a lesson in it that will open your eyes to a world you never knew existed. The world of the dog.

"My mom raised Rottweilers while I was growing up. It wasn't until I was an adult that I truly appreciated her relationship with those beautiful animals. Her dogs knew what she expected of them, and seeing her with her dogs was beautiful. Dogs are meant to serve man, and doing so makes them happy. My mother never once raised her voice at her dogs, and a flik on the nose was the absolute worste punishment they ever needed. She didn't let anyone play face games with them, although that was a lesson hard learned. I never noticed, as a child, how my mom got those dogs to be so well behaved. She would simply say 'I taught them manners'. I'm not sure she really understands the how of it either, it just comes naturally to her. But she gets so much personal satisfaction and joy from her dogs, and they are such an important part of who she is. That may be part of it-the dogs are part of the owner. They are not their own master, they belong to the owner. My mom's dogs would respond to her without her needing to give any command or gesture, they would move when and where she wanted as naturally as her hand a would wave or her foot would step. Her Rotties did not run away. They never even tried, not even when my stepdad tore down the fence the rebuild it. Roxanne would lay done, right on the fence line, and watch the world. They never bit. Unless she told them to. They didn't beg-at mealtime both of them would lie down away from the table and look away for the duration of the meal. Same thing with the cat when the came in the room, they looked away and ignored it. They didn't bark, but I'm not sure if purebred Rottweilers do bark? They did not jump on people, or push past people (unless mom had just called them). They never pulled on a leash. Mom could hand one of their leashes to a toddler and the dog would obediently step behind the child. What a site, to see a toddler with a full grown Rottweiler on a leash! In short, I guess I'm just trying to say that this method is the closest explanation of the relationship my mother had with her dogs. Its interesting to think about how she simply did what she felt was right to achieve the exemplary behavior every dog is capable of, and this website describes. I've yet to find an article I don't agree with and I won't hesitate to let you know when I do, lol. Thank you for all your work putting all this together. It will be a great help when I'm ready to get my own dog, because I will make my dog as great as my mother made hers. One last thing, my mom made time for her dogs every day. Even if it was only ten minutes at the end of the day, she would spend time with just them, praising them, acknowledging them, giving them affection. And just them. No kids, nothing else on her mind, just the dogs. She always said their names a lot while she did this. But she never let them jump on her, or get in her face, or bark (they would get away with some happy dog noises when she rubbed their bellies). I think that time spent with them every day was the reward they worked so hard for their whole lives. They were happy dogs, they were good dogs and they knew it. Rest in peace, Roxanne and FreeJack, you are still missed."

Daniell