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Why is it important for you and other humans , members of your family to be strong, dependable, consistent, non-confrontational leaders? Those who know, understand and display the posturing and social rituals that make sense to your dog ?
dogs had specific and important roles or jobs to perform in the family structure. Today’s modern convinces have changed the dogs role and job to be surrogate children, no role or job to perform, or a non productive member of the family. As a result, problems have developed do to this role or job change. Behavior issues including separation anxiety, incessant barking, spontaneous aggression are common place in some families. With over breeding and irresponsible breeding; todays dog’s have developed new medical and social issues related to poor breeding.
from a compulsion training method to the positive reinforcement fear free training. We have realized Dog’s have a more civilized method of training or social order that relies on posturing, social ritual, and avoiding confrontation. A dog will always try to avoid confrontation. Dog owners and their families need to learn these postures, social rituals and avoid confrontations to become a Benevolent Leader. What is benevolent ? One who is kind, tolerant, compassionate, sympathetic, altruistic, humane, defines and enforces the roles, rules of the dog and is consistent in the leadership role. Dogs will develop a relaxed and confident behavior and a desire to truly offer those positive behaviors to the leader and family.
Puppies and Dogs learn about other dogs through displays of behaviors; a communication system in a dog language, while engaging in play. They learn when a situation is truly threatening and when it is not. Dogs speak in different languages too. Play gives the dog the opportunity to learn self control; to not overreact to other dogs and to prevent aggressive behavior. Dogs in play may include some of the same behaviors as a “for real” confrontation. Dogs in play practice their fluency in this communication through play to become communicators and avoid aggression, Dogs learn by mimicking other dogs with a more sophisticated language. By copying other dogs patterns of behaviors the dog can become more fluent, polite, confident, and teach other dogs.
Stalking/ Chasing Shoulder/ Hip Checks Attacking
Circling/ Pushing Ambushing Vocalizations/ Growling
Boxing/ Sparring Mouthing/ Biting “T” position over shoulders
Posturing is defined by the subtle movements in a behavior that indicates more reactivity when the dogs reaches it’s behavioral threshold
When the dog can look away from other dogs if something catches its attention
Dogs changing roles in patterns of play behavior from prey/ predator
Both dogs display relaxed body and facial expressions
Vocalizations and Timber of sounds remains consistent
Drastic change in vocalizations/ Timber of sound
Displaying signals of alarm
Can not be interrupted
Drastic change in prey/ predator
Play and Older Dogs
Twelve to Twenty Four months and Older
Play becomes less juvenile
It may have ranking order with adult behaviors
They select who they play with
May not tolerate juvenile behaviors
Territory becomes important as personal space
Proofing Behaviors Canine Obedience
Education and Promotion of the Human Animal Bond through Basic Obedience Training
What is a zoonotic disease?
As Animal lovers we all know that the benefits of having a pet far outweighs the risks. Always take some basic precautions with your pets by monitoring your dog for any signs of illness, Washing your hands after extensive handling of your dog. Avoid direct contact with your dog's feces or urine.
Zoonotic disease or zoonoses are terms used to describe an infection or disease) that can be transmitted from an animal to a human being.
Altogether, well over one hundred diseases are capable of being transmitted from animals to humans, although most are rare in North America. All domestic animals including dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows, sheep, goats, and rabbits can potentially spread diseases to people, but rarely does this actually occur. If pet owners exercise basic hygiene principles, especially hand washing, most of these potential diseases
can be avoided.
You can reduce the risk of contracting one or all of these diseases from your dog or other animals by following simple hygiene and common sense, if not eliminate, the risk of zoonotic spread of disease from dog to people.
If you take these simple precautions, you will ensure to have done everything greatly reducing any risk to you ,your family and community.
Proper hygiene and precautions will reduce the risk to you, your family, and community.
Transmission of disease can occur from people to dogs. Sore throats, tuberculosis, hepatitis staph and fleas are common examples.
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Zoonotic Diseases in Dogs
By Krista Williams, BSc, DVM; Ernest Ward, DVM Infectious Diseases, Zoonosis & Human Health, Pet Services
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