December 14, 2017

How To Tell What A Dog Is Thinking

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Laura asks…

How do I tell a dog “I love you” without sounding creepy?

So, a few weeks ago I actually really decided I was in love with my dog.. He’s so.. cute.. and he turns me on.. I tried to get active with him.. but it’s just so difficult ;/
I’m thinking of going further with Skippy, but I’m afraid of what my family will think. How do I approach it without them judging me? What do you guys think of this? Honestly..

admin answers:

Whatever happened to your waterbottle lover? D:

Susan asks…

How can I tell my dog is ready to hunt?

I have a 10 month old bull boxer named, Tank. My husband and I have been working on him for quite some time teaching him obedience, and discipline. He has an amazing prey drive, and what is great about him, is he only acts on those feelings when he should.
My husband thinks he is ready to start going on hunting trips, but I’m having second thoughts, due to his age. He is already 67lbs and built perfectly, but I don’t know. I know he will be love it, but I would hate for him to get hurt and sting his confidence.
We have 3 other adult hunting dogs we got at the same time. I have not had much experience with introducing a new dog with older knowledgeable dogs. Is it too young? Will he just follow the lead of the other guys? Should I just keep him on a lead to watch? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a pick of our newest hunter

Serious answers only, People do have different interests.
Sorry, I forgot to leave out our usual game. We like to hunt hogs, coons, and birds. We use a vest for our dogs no matter the game. I’m really paranoid about my dogs safety.

admin answers:

Give the little guy a couple more months. Remember, he’s still a puppy. Just keep up the good training and send him out with his brothers in a few months.

Mandy asks…

how do i correct problems on the “Human to Dog No Nos” list?

im planning on getting a puppy, if i come accross any of the stuff what do i do? I know how to fix some of the things, but will post them anyway incase i can get better info. this is the site: and this is the list:

1. Dog runs in road. Owner comes out of house, stops at doorstep and starts screaming at the dog, very emotional. Dog ignores human. Dogs do not listen to unstable beings. When one dog wishes to tell something to another dog they do not start screaming and yelling.

2. Dog barks at human to beg for the food the human is eating, human absentmindedly hands the dog a piece. This is not respectful in the canine world. A lower member of the pack would never dream of barking at a pack leader while they were eating.

3. Dog sees another dog and starts to bark. Human tells dog, “No” and proceeds to pet their dog on the head giving affection. Which is really like saying “Good dog for barking.”. Some mixed signals going on there.

4. Dog is on a leash and pulls the leash tight to sniff where they please as the owner talks to another human. This is bad leash manners. Asking the dog to wait patiently would provide the dog with a mental challenge, which all dogs need.

5. Owner corrects the dog by yelling the dogs name over and over again, but never actually addresses the dog with any type of body language. The dog does not know what it is the owner wants. There is no follow through. Human proceeds to have a conversation in human words with the dog stating they are going to put the dog in the truck. This human needs to speak “Dog“, not “Human”. On top of that, one should only use a dogs name for positive things so the dog associates his name with something good.

6. Owner allows their small dog to greet a human by putting their paws on a person’s leg. In the dog world is is not a respectful way to greet another being. There is no difference between that 5 pound Yorkie and that 90 pound German Shepherd in regards to the meaning behind the behavior. See Small Dog Syndrome.

7. Owner corrects a dog long after the deed was done and the dog has moved onto other thoughts. Whatever the dog is doing at the moment you correct them is what the dog will think you are upset about.

8. Dogs only being corrected ‘some’ of the time. Bark bark… Allowed… Bark bark. Dogs name yelled. Bark bark. But no real correction, no body language used. No follow through, no real communication, no consistency. When you are not consistent your dog will not listen to you as they will know that ‘sometimes’ they are allowed. Also, the dogs name should not be used in the correction.

9. Dogs walking slightly in front of the person holding the leash. Then the human expects the dog to ignore other dogs when they LET the dog lead. Mixed signals, you are my leader, but listen to what I say. Do you know how confusing that is for a dog?

10. Humans approaching a gate, or doorway, and let the dog nose their way first. The leash being loose does not make it ok. Dogs should be sent back a step and be watching for the humans cue that it’s their turn. Not pushing.

11. Humans attempting to go first through an entrance way, telling the dog to wait but never following through. Dog paused, but still had their snoot in the door way and was tense in posture, showing they did not give in to the idea. Dog should have stepped back and relaxed before the human allowed the dog to pass.

12. Owner picks up small dog. Dog wiggles, and or whines to get down and the owner obeys, reinforcing the dogs power over the human.

13. Dog barks at another dog. Human corrects dog by telling them “No”. Dog turns their head to avoid eye contact with the human. Human turns the dogs head back to get the dog to look at them, thinking the dog should look at them when being reprimanded. When actually the dog turning away was the dog communicating to the human that they do not wish to challenge them. In the human world making eye contact when being spoken too is respect, however in the dog world staring straight into ones eyes can be taken as a gesture of a challenge.

14. Tiny dog is being carried by owner and barks and growls at another person. Owner laughs, grabs dogs snoot. Says “stop” in a neutral tone. The laugh by the owner and their tone were praise in the dog‘s eyes. Dog barks and growls even more. Owner repeats the “correction” laughs and states to stranger that the dog has ‘little dog syndrome’. Later dog is seen pulling on the leash. All humans including the stranger laugh thinking the agression coming from such a small dog is funny. Owner states to stranger that the dog is “All talk and would never bite.” That is a biter in the works.

15. Owner is sitting with tiny dog on lap. Tiny dog barks at so
15. Owner is sitting with tiny dog on lap. Tiny dog barks at someone passing by. Owner pulls the dog close to her body trying to get it to be quiet. Owner just gave the dog affection for barking.

16. Another dog walks by a small dog who is on their owners lap. Owner covers the small dog‘s eyes to try and stop the small dog from barking. The small dogs excitement escalates as dogs do not need their eyes to know another dog is near. They can feel it, smell it and hear it.

17. Small dog is on owner’s lap and barks as some kids run by. Human hugs dog to their body while smacking it’s snoot. Affection and smacks?

18. Little dog is in a heightened, excited, dominant state as it barks at people and other dogs passing by while sitting on owners lap. Owner gives dog hugs, kisses and scratches behind the ear as they tell little lap dog in human words to “be good, do you hear me?”. Human words, ‘be good’ mean nothing to the dog. The affection tells dog you agree with how the
18. Little dog is in a heightened, excited, dominant state as it barks at people and other dogs passing by while sitting on owners lap. Owner gives dog hugs, kisses and scratches behind the ear as they tell little lap dog in human words to “be good, do you hear me?”. Human words, ‘be good’ mean nothing to the dog. The affection tells dog you agree with how they are feeling at that moment. Good dog for being excited and dominant.

19. Owner holds barking dog back by the chest, creating even more tension.

20. Dog barks. Owner grabs dogs snoot to hold it’s mouth shut. This only creates more tension.
sorry, wasnt paying attention to the “characters to work with” thing.
the local obedience class costs MONEY. lots of it where i live. i cant get to the library, im too young to drive and have noone to take me. sites and youtube wont have EVERY single answer, in a way that i will understand.
and WHY would i scream at a dog?? what will that occomplish?
TROLL Season has begun: Who said to go through the WHOLE list? just pick a random topic thats up there and wright something about it. like i said before, i know some of the things TO do, i just posted everything incase anyone could right something a better way than i think.
i like that show “It’s Me Or The Dog” but i cant watch it all day. and i mean how to turn these bad things into positive reinforcement
were planning on crate training if it matters

admin answers:

Don’t do any of that.(the things on your list) Spend a lot of time with the dog, start training early, soon as you get him, only 5 or 10 min when the dog is a little pup. Teach basic things like sit, down, stay, then go to stuff like roll over and sit up pretty. Reward appropriate behaviour, immediately and consistently correct undesirable behaviour. Doing all this will naturally establish you as the alpha and the dog will listen. Practice saying “Ah-ah” assertively. Animal Planet, ‘Its Me Or The Dog’, the gal on there is really good. Don’t ignore barking. When he barks go see why he is barking, get him to sit next to you. Reassure him that it is ok. He won’t know what you are talking about but your tone of voice and your attitude will convey when it is, is not appropriate to bark. Barking often means the dog is afraid of something.

Human words have no meaning to newborn babies, they learn the language. Dogs learn human language too, and can be on a par with a two or three year old child. My (inherited as an adult) dog was chewing my undies. The only thing I did was hold up a damp pair, sitting on the floor next to him and tell him “This is one thing I cannot tolerate. You cannot chew my clothes, I won’t put up with it” Its been two years now, no chewing my clothes has happened since. When I inherited my dad’s cat hating pit bull I taught him how to behave with my cat. I used a toy cat and we practiced “what’s a good boy do with a kitty?” The point is, you teach them, this word precedes good things, this one unpleasant, this word demands this behaviour. The more you talk to the dog the more human speech he will understand.

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