A handy, dandy, doggy thing to know…
By Delilah Penn
There are quite a few people out there that will swear their dog must
be human. Facial expressions, motions the dog goes thru, sounds it makes
can definitely give us the impression that the dog is almost human. But
what a lot of people don’t realize is a dog is a dog period.
Example: If it barks like a dog, walks and wags like a dog, and looks like a
dog it’s probably a dog.
I have seen people put their children at enormous risk by leaving the
family dog alone with the children. You may have had the dog for years, it
may have been raised with children and you may believe that the dog is one
of the children in the household and wouldn’t dare harm anyone in the
family but the simple fact is; a dog is a dog, period.
There is a pecking order. The head of the pack (mother or father) and
the pack (dog and children) in that order. Of course, I have seen many a
Chihuahua ruling the roost.
For the most part the dog will have a higher rank in the pack than
the children until they get older. Therefore, the dog feels that it’s
duty to the pack is to serve, punish (if needed) and protect.
Let me explain…. Did you know that the way a mother dog makes her
puppies behave and be quiet is by placing her mouth over their little
heads an applying pressure? Not too much unless the puppy makes more racket
then the mother dog will apply more pressure until the puppy quiets down.
How do our children react to pain or discomfort? They cry, yell, scream
(usually shrilly) which can cause the dog to have an instant “normal”
reaction of placing it’s mouth over the head or closest part of the
child’s body and applying pressure to stop the noise. How does the child
react? Same as above but at much higher volume!! So the dog clamps
down harder. The next thing you know the child has been bitten,
sometimes severly. The dog
doesn’t know that humans are supposed to make noise when in pain and the
child doesn’t know to be quiet like a puppy when pressure is applied.
If more people realized and understood some of the things that make a
dog tick there would be less injury to us and less termination of good
dogs doing what dogs do.
Editor Comment: for more information on how to bring up the perfect
family member, your dog, go to:
Part one of an insightful series about choosing and training
that very special dog.
by Tam Cordingley