These 4 psychological traits of dogs will help you whilst training them

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As professional dog sitters, we have to often stoop down to the intellectual level of our canine friends. We have to exhibit empathy, which is when you shift your perspective to that of your audience and learn to feel what they feel. Pet care is not simply about making them respond to your orders.

Dogs often respond to our emotional state. Psychologists who have studied the species say that dogs get excited, nervous or agitated depending on the emotional state that humans exhibit. And the famed canine loyalty that we talk about only gets enforced if we behave accordingly. Loyalty cannot be enforced by fear, by through love and positive discipline.

Let us do a quick tutorial wherein we analyze the complexity, or lack thereof, behind canine psychology. If you make a small effort, you can easily deduce what your dog is feeling at any point of time.

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Inability to process complex emotions

Humans go through multiple states of emotions. We experience joy, anguish, anger, pride, jealousy, delirium and so on. Some of the emotions, such as pride and guilt, are considered complex emotions. Dogs don’t process complex emotions. This means that if your dog puts up a “sad face” after it has seemingly broken a house rule, it is not eh feeling of guilt that is being displayed, rather a nervoud reaction towards you expression.

Learning by observing

Dogs are masters at learning through observing. If you have an older, well-trained dog in your household and you buy or adopt an infant pup, the pup would automatically observe the veteran in the household and learn. This makes your house training much more straightforward and rapid.

Does tough love work?

Tough love is something that we often employ in circumstances to get desirable results. With dogs, humans often have the desire to be considered the definitive alphas. Hence the approach of tough love. There is a type of training termed as dominance training, often employed to accelerate house training. It might be difficult to digest this, but such short cuts rarely work.

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Time to learn

It is vital to understand that dogs need time to learn. As intellectually superior beings with the power of discrimination, even humans have a longer learning curve when it comes to assimilating information. It is expected in that case that dogs don’t just get automatically trained. The vitality of patience can never be underestimated.

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Trouble training your pup? These 4 tricks of the trade may just help you

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Training a pet at a young age is often the most dreaded and frustrating activity for any owner. It is only then that you get angry and disappointed with your cute little pet on a frequent basis. Often, you need to engage help to go through this period of time.

There isn’t really a right and wrong to training. Certain tactics work with the majority of cases, and hence are recommended by experts. While we cannot guarantee that they would work in your specific case, you don’t stand to lose anything by trying. We review in this post a few proven training tactics when it comes to dogs.

Condition yourself mentally

If you have had a dog for a while, you know that it knows and recognizes all types of your emotional and mental state. When you get excited or agitated, your dog responds in an according manner. When it comes to training, have a standard mental state that your dog can easily recognize and react accordingly. Dogs possess high degree of intelligence.

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Command training

It is important to understand the psychological behavior of your dog. Treats are manufacturer specifically to attract the attention of dogs. They have shown to react enthusiastically and positively when a treat is in the picture. When you train your dog to react to commands, say like the word ‘sit’, train its movements by moving the treat towards and away from it accordingly. When it is at resting position, give the command ‘sit’ and feed the treat. Repeat a fair number of times.

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Get him used to the leash

The first time you train your dog to walk on a leash is not going to be pretty. The tightness the dog experiences when it pulls against the leash will take some getting used to. A way to begin the training is to use a “loose leash” approach. The generous use of treats in this process will provide a helping hand too.

Listen to your dog too!

We often disregard our dog’s reactions to a strict regimen. While dogs exemplify loyalty, you cannot entirely neglect its temperament. Some breeds such as Labrador retrievers have a tough temperament which they aren’t afraid to show at the start. Pay attention to this aspect, and try to adapt your training accordingly. That way, your dog learns to adapt to your methods much more efficiently.

Convinced enough? Well, you have to try these first to find out the regimen that works perfectly for your case. Let us know your feedback, and any tweaks you would make to these processes.

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2 tricks you can use to get your cat to exercise on a daily basis

cat trick - 2 tricks you can use to get your cat to exercise on a daily basis

Cat owners often face the same conundrum. How do you keep a creature that has absolutely no interest in doing anything physical active? While it’s all good and dandy that you get to pet and cuddle the cute little thing, that alone doesn’t really help to keep your cat healthy and happy.

We personally know a few people who went on to have dogs in their household purely for this reason. The great thing about dogs is their yearning for physical activity. They love to run around and play, which provides a good excuse even for the owner to exert himself or herself physically. All in all, it is a win-win for both parties involved in terms of physical activity.

But then there should be a similar option for cats too. It cannot be that they simply refuse to engage in any physical activities. That would be inherently self-destructive in nature, and goes against the basic survival instinct present in every creature. But what in the world are these activities?

In today’s climate, when obesity in pets is becoming an increasingly worrying issue, we want to empower cat owners to ensure their feline stays healthy and happy. In order to do that, we have put together a few methods that you can utilize. Now, it is important to note that the owner needs to be involved in these methods as well. It is not like throwing a ball at a dog and letting it just get on with it. Cats require a bit more of effort and attention.

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The yarn of string

Cats have a weird sense of attraction when they see a yarn of string on the floor. It is almost as if the very presence of it annoys them, and they have to untangle it. A game that you can employ is to take one end of the yarn and move it across the room as if it were a snake. You would observe that this will perk your cat right up.

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Building a cat tower

You would have seen an example of this type of furniture in an earlier post. Cat towers or playgrounds are designed such that they stir up interest in cats. Such towers are fun, engaging and a good source of workout. One way to entice your cat to do this is to put a bait at the top of the tower. That way, your cat has all the motivation it needs.

We often employ such tactics within our facility when we take care of cats. The string and tower examples have been tried and tested repeatedly. With each passing day, it gets simpler to entice the cat to engage in such activities.

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A psychological explanation of the reciprocity exhibited by dogs

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Reciprocity is a trait that we have been taught since we were infants. It is the ever old saying about Karma. You receive what you give. If you display a certain trait towards someone or something, chances are high that you receive it in equal or higher measures.

All you have to do is to look at your canine friend. Dogs are experts at reciprocating anything given to them. We often talk about the loyalty that dogs exhibit. When you adopt, shelter and feed a dog, they automatically get trained to display loyalty.

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Reciprocity is an innate psychological characteristic. In fact, scientists and psychologists have hypothesized that reciprocity is a basic survival mechanism. Within the animal kingdom, species coexist and support each other to ensure their survival. The natural impulse in us to give back is the reason why this is the case.

Forever, humans have shared their food and talents with others around them, expecting that this results in an obligation for the other party to reciprocate. Such an obligation results in a web of interdependency that can be exploited by the helper. It is a proven psychological trait.

Families also operate on a similar logic. When a lioness births, feeds and raises a cub, she creates a strong impulse in the cub to reciprocate. It is the reason why societies operate the way they do today, with children taking care of their parents whey parents are older and need assistance. There is no other legal framework or obligation in place that can explain this behavior.

This also helps in explaining the supreme loyalty present in dogs raised in a positive manner. We often marvel at the way a dog can jump into the face of danger to help its owner, despite an inherent risk to its life. It is reciprocity at its highest pinnacle.

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How nature taught humans the value of nurturing others

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There is a side to human beings that makes them want to nurture others. Nurturing gives us a sense of satisfaction that releases endorphins in our system. This isn’t just restricted to females, although the pattern is much more visible in them.

Ever since the stone age, humans have been nurturers. At the time, humans co-existed with other species of the Kingdom Animalia in the same habitat. While they hunted some species, they co-existed with the others. The aspect was nurturing began to be deeply ingrained in them. Believe it or not the early man was more of a nurturer than humans are today.

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There is an argument to why humans are predisposed to nurturing. For centuries, we have lived among nature. Till we had technology and grew into modern civilizations, human and nature was synonymous with each other. We learnt life lessons from nature and its various facets.

And if you really think about it, nature is the ultimate personification of nurturing. Think of the trees or the river. They are all habitats for different species to prosper. The tree is a born giver. It provides shelter to various birds and insects, in addition to providing a place for birds to nest and raise their offspring.

Over time, we inevitably learned from nature. We learned that since we live together in serenity, it means we share common characteristics. We learned that we needed each other to coexist together peacefully. Nature’s greatest qualities wore into us. And we were molded likewise for the better.

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As pet lovers and care experts, we remain rooted to this ideology of nurturing that we have learnt from mother nature. As humans deviate more and more from their roots and cause harm to the very being that gives them life, we want to set an example of nurturing.

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