Behavior Trivia

  • Dogs naturally like to play keep-away better than fetch. You'll need to train your dog to play fetch, but not keep-away.

  • Most dogs really don't like to play dress up. Sorry. (Though there are exceptions to this rule)

  • Social status/Pack order is very important to dogs and many canine behaviors are determined by their attempts to establish their roles in a pack.

  • Body harnesses actually encourage pulling. While they may seem like they give you more control, the pressure points on a harness make your dog respond by pulling forward.

  • Most dogs don't like their own poop and will intentionally avoid it. Hey, dogs arenít dumb!

  • Not all dogs are born swimmers. Some dogs need to be encouraged to swim. Some breeds are more natural swimmers than others.

  • People with more than one dog shouldn't try to treat them all as equals. Because pack position is important to a dog, this only encourages jealousy games.

  • Dogs chew up your underwear or footwear because it smells like you, if the dog has separation issues.

  • Dogs need mental stimulation as much as, if not more than physical stimulation.

  • Dogs dislike being bored and easily get into trouble when left to their own devices. It is never safe to leave your dog unattended in the yard.

  • Dogs are creatures of habit. They like familiarity and form expectations and schedules.

  • Dogs like to playfully taunt to encourage play (especially keep away). The classic play stance is called the "play bow".

  • Many dogs love car rides. Be sure to keep your dog secured with a seat belt or other safety device such as a crate.

  • Many breeds are escape artists - if you're not careful, your dog might decide to take a swim in the neighbor's kiddy pool, or bring home a new toy.

  • Dogs bark for a large number of reasons. Some other reasons that dogs bark include: to protect their territory, express a need, change of weather or immediate environment or to initiate play.

  • The most confident puppy in a litter often makes the worst pet because he sees himself as the pack leader.



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