Just Like Humans, Animals Have Personalities Too

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Would you believe a dog psychologist who once prescribed a box turtle to fulfill a poodle's maternal instincts. This is one serious psychologist and he even resorted to writing a book about understanding your dog. Animals are individuals too and this is according to the book of this doctor who is both an associate professor of psychology at local university and associate director for research at the local zoo. Honestly is how he expresses himself despite the fact that people can assume too much.
He told on a recent visit here, of a case where a young couple owned a dog and the dog wouldn't let the husband into the bedroom. When they fought, the couple's dachshund had a catatonic fit and this was mentioned in his book. According to him, dogs develop like young children and their body language is similar to that of humans. According to him, dogs like human possess different abilities in tolerating closeness.
Getting a puppy is best done when it is between six and eight weeks old as the doctor points out considering how it is that dogs develop through several stages. Getting a puppy older than 10 weeks should be avoided unless it has been raised with a lot of people around. Interaction with other puppies is something you should take notice of whenever buying a dog. Actually, a dog that is very outgoing can be the most aggressive out of the bunch.

What he will do is investigate it should you have an old scarf or a glove but see if he will agree to a game of tug of war. He says there is no point in discipline training for a puppy at five or six weeks, because he won't remember it, but he says that's a good time for tender, loving care and seeing that the puppy has a lot of different experiences so his environment will be enriched.
A visit to the vet can cause undue trauma for a puppy at eight weeks for there is a sensitive fear period owners should be aware of, according to him. It is at 12 weeks when the dog is already emotionally bonded to his owner and at this time discipline training will not break his spirit or attachment. In terms of considering breeds of dog, this doctor who holds a veterinary degree and a doctorate in psychology from a London university has differing recommendations depending on the given situations.
For a family with children, a golden retriever is what he advises, terriers are options for young couples, for apartment couples a schnauzer, a Yorkshire terrier, or a poodle is advised, and then for older couples there is a Yorkshire terrier, pekingese, or pug. According to him, the breed used to say a lot of things about the temperament of a dog but now it does not. What he attributes this to is less quality in breeding.
What he calls dog breeders are cranks if they engage in a joint effort to change the standards of breeds. He mentioned how people have the responsibility not to change standards without knowledge of the results. Mandatory testing for prize dogs is being emphasized today and this is before any of them are named the best in the breed. In this case, you would know that the winner was no frankenstein.


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