The purpose of this article, as its name suggests, is to understand how we humans can learn how to deal with dogs better. The saying we so often hear ‘dogs are a human’s best friend’ could not be any more true.To say the least, they are the most loyal, sincere and understanding beings a human could hope to have as a companion, while we ourselves do not come half as close to being as good as they are.
Very often, they are kept as domestic household pets. At the same time, the other purposes that human beings have imbibed into them are sheepdogs, guard dogs, police dogs or even dogs used for psychological therapy.
As you can see, dogs can really do it all. If we know how to listen, then there is no reason why they will be even short of speaking. The following few tips will help you understand why you need a dog and what kind of a dog you may need. You will also now know how to deal with them without fear, as many people do seem to have an irrational fear of these harmless creatures.
- Know why a dog will not hurt you!
Most often than not, people fear dogs because of their own inabilities rather than what a dog actually may or may not do. To try and get rid of this fear is simple. What we need to do is attempt to understand why a dog is highly unlikely to hurt you. If you can understand your dog’s nature better, you will know that you have no reason to be afraid.
Firstly, dogs have a high sense of understanding emotions, better than human beings ever do. Rest be assured you cannot hide from them how you feel. So feelings of fear that they sense in you tell them that you have something to be guilty of, which makes you an untrustworthy person.
As a result, their protective instincts will cause them to stay on guard with you. However, if you are not a crooked person, they will not feel threatened and will not attack. So if you remain calm, the dog will too, it depends on you! It is only the wrong kind of people that need to be cautious.
- Being aware of the first interaction.
As we have established, human beings are a sketchy lot. We are known to cause more harm than good and be hurtful to even are own kind. Is a dog we have just met supposed too trust us right away? The answer is no.
We cannot expect that of dogs when it takes us years to be able to trust even our closest friends and family. So what you need to do is understand this- dogs may be a human’s best friend but not every dog you meet will fall in love with you. Their loyalty lies with their own human family.
What you need to do is give it time. No matter how much you love dogs, ask the caregiver if it is okay for you to pet their dog. Let the dog know that you are friends with their family.
Most importantly, let the dog come to you. Let them sniff you, which they do to get a feel of you. Offer them your palm; they will remember the smell and thus will be aware of who you are from next time. Once this step is met, things are not likely to go wrong.
- Understand Dog Emotions!
Dogs have emotions and feelings, just like humans do! Only not as complex. The very basic things you need to keep in mind is the dogs tail. Wagging means its happy while a lower posture could mean the dog is tired or on guard. It implies that it is not in a playful mood, so now is not the time for you to approach it.
Learn the dog’s name, talk to them in a soothing tone. They understand love well, and they love hard. Note the responses that you get from them, are they excited to hear their name? Or did they simply move their ear without getting up? Is their head down? Understand them, learn about your dog, keep track of these things, and you will know how the dog is feeling and whether or not now is a good time for you to get to know your dog better.
- Know the difference between breeds.
As most of us know, dogs come in several breeds. Breeders and industries are coming up with more by the day. Each kind is different from the next. The nature of dogs also depend on their breeds, and not merely on the fact that they are dogs. A few helpful tips to understand different breeds is to know that stereotypes exist firstly.
No whole breed is dangerous enough to rip you apart unless you are planning to deal with a wolf which is a part of the dog family. Some of the friendliest breeds are mongrels, golden retrievers and labradors.
Cocker spaniels, dalmatians, spitz, lhasa apsos and chihuahuas and other small dogs, on the other hand, tend to often be friendly only with their family. However, male dogs of these breeds are more human friendly than females. The docile ones are pugs, daschunds and st bernards. Keep in mind bulldogs, and german shepherds can be just as loving and not as scary as often assumed.
- Know yourself better!
Finally, you must get to know yourself! You can read up on dogs all you want and learn each gesture, posture, breed inside out but that is likely to get you nowhere if you are not aware of what it is that you are looking for. Know whether you are truly capable of being a dog lover or not, only you can know that about yourself, Do you take care about there treats and foods.
Dogs require a lot of time and affection, and they also deserve to be around people that will love them and treat them well. Remember that they have short lives and will not be around forever. Make spending time with them and playing with them your priority. That is their love language.
If you think you are someone who is capable of doing that, then no reason why you cannot have a great relationship with a dog.