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Canine Social System

Dogs, just like people, have a complex way of interacting with each other and a well developed social system. When a dog is taken from his/her world and placed in our world, he/she doesn't automatically know the rules of our society. Some of the most accepted behaviors in his/her society are not allowed in our society ( fighting for position in the hierarchy , marking of territory , submissive urinating , and defending territory ) Social order and the formation of a hierarchy are paramount in a social system that rely on hunting to survive. An argument over who is boss in the middle of a hunt would be disastrous for the whole pack. Since we come from 2 different societies , there is a period of adjustment for both .The more you understand the canine social system , the better you can explain to your foreign furry visitor how our system works, and... “when you are in my house, you will live by my rules”. We have the ability to conceptualize and transfer ideas therefore we are responsible for guiding the interaction between the 2 species. Often a “push button “relationship occurs in people as well as their animals. The interaction can become predictably dysfunctional and the human counterpart doesn't realize that every behavior they do ...has an impact on the dog’s reaction. If you want to change the way your dog behaves, change yourself.

The canine communication system involves an interaction of posturing with body, tail and head. Mouth position and head height are very important. The way that any particular dog will act or interact in a situation, depends on how the dog views himself (self-confidence level). Some of that self-esteem is genetic (10%) and some is in environmental ( 90% ) . In a threatening situation, one animal may react with aggression, whereas another will tuck tail and run. Ethnologists (people who study animal behavior) generally place a dog’s response to a stressful situation in one of three categories: Fight, Flight or Freeze.

Obedience training performs several functions at the same time. First it establishes leadership, it teaches the basic rules and guidelines of our society. It teaches your young furry pupil to focus on you for guidance, to trust your leadership and forms the basis for cooperative interactions. Finally, it creates a relationship that we need. Studies have shown that stroking an animal and taking walks are both stress reducers. In a society that demands so much from us, it is wonderful to put ourselves in a world that will de-stress us, even if it is just 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy your furry friend.

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