Dog Behavioral Tips and Suggestions

Mar 14, 2020 | News | 0 comments

Upon our visit to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX, Felice, our PitMix, was all to eager to go run up to every dog in the vicinity, and it made us think of how many situations we have witnessed or encountered throughout our lives that can turn sideways in a split second.

As large breed dog owners, we have the responsibility to be educated on best practices on how to avoid getting into messy situations when bringing our dogs out to public events, parks, or just general outings. Who are we kidding, this is applicable to all dog owners! Everyone should be aware of how certain situations should be handled.

It’s always nice to be able to change your dogs environment from the same four walls they are used to, because let’s be honest, we all need to get out sometimes.

Socialization is important from a young age so that our dogs become accustomed to being around children, people, and other dogs. We recommend putting puppies in training classes, and or even day camps early on. Plus it’s also beneficial to you, as they will get a day full of play and exercise and come home pooped to hopefully avoid destructive behavior.

For larger “aggressive” breeds, I use quotations because I don’t consider any dog “agressive”, I believe they can get aggressive based on what situation they find themselves in, similar to how our own fight or flight instinct might kick in. For instance, when a person sees a big dog and is in automatic fear mode, the dog is equally as terrified of that person giving off their panicky energy. So stay calm people, and if you can’t stay calm, try keeping a good distance.

Animals feed off of our energies, so this also goes for dog owners that panick when they lose control of their dog. If your dog escapes from your grip and runs off, chasing it in a panick mode will only make things worse, and your dog will think you’re playing cat & mouse.

If he or she runs off towards another dog, also remain calm and get to the situation as quickly as possible, without panicking. Your dog most likely wants to go smell the other dogs and introduce him/herself. Yelling, kicking, pulling or tugging your dog off of another dog or even human are all NO NOs! One, if your dog has its jaw locked, you’re going to end up pulling flesh. Two, if you start kicking, you are adding more adrenaline to the situation and the more you hurt the animal, the harder it wants to bite down or fight. That’s natural instinct. ALWAYS carry a water bottle on walks or park days. The best thing you can do in a situation like this is throw the water right up their nostrils in an upward direction, to make them snap out of it and release their hold giving you time to get a grip of your dog again.

Chain collars can be helpful for larger breeds when out in public versus harness collars, as a harness is easier for a dog to release itself if it really wants to, and it is much easier to control your dog with the very minimal leeway offered by chain collars. Of course that depends on the breed, because if a dog has breathing issues such as French Bulldogs, then of course harnesses are the better fit for your dog.

Watch some YouTube videos or hire a behavioral dog trainer to help you come up with a plan that is right for you and your pup on how to take them out in public. There are plenty of ways to take your dogs out, it’s just a matter of being responsible and careful at all times. We don’t want any dogs to ever get hurt, much less our own dogs. 

All and all, just be careful. We each know our own pets well, but not everyone knows or sees our pets the same way we do. It’s just a matter of being courteous to others. 

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