Dog Care…Part 3 – Understanding a dog

Understanding a dog

  • Pack members – Siberian Huskies are able to work together as a true pack with a human leader. In the absence of fellow canines, dogs look upon humans as other members of the pack.
  • Separation anxiety – Howling, barking, pacing, and destroying objects are all signs of stress caused by being left alone.
  • Dominant dog – Some dogs like a crossbred terrier, are naturally more dominant than others. This behavior is more common on males and requires firm control by human handlers.
  • Submissive dog – To avoid aggressive confrontations, dogs have a system of ritual submissive behavior. By lying down and lifting a leg, he or she signals to more dominant dogs, and to humans, that he or she  is not a threat.
  • Scent marking – Urine scents left in strategic positions are markers to other dogs, giving information on who left them and how long ago the depositor passed through.
  • Scent signaling – Urine scenting is much like humans shaking hands. This provides information about the sex and state of mind of the other dog.
  • Play Fighting – Dogs play fight with each other all their lives, but especially when they are puppies. Some dogs, however can get overexcited and bite their playmates.
  • Meeting new dogs – With experience, dogs use a complex body language to avoid conflicts when meeting. Puppies will submit to older dogs.
  • Play-bow – One of the most attractive body-language signals is the play-bow. Dogs commonly use this “Will you play with me” signal to invite other dogs, or humans, to chase them, or to have a rough-and-tumble game with them.

One Response

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