In an effort to help a poodle fulfill its maternal instincts, a dog psychologist ended up prescribing a box turtle. When it comes to his profession, he takes it seriously and so he wrote a book entitled understanding your dog. Not only is this doctor an associate professor of psychology at local university but also an associate director for research at the local zoo and his book shows how animals are individuals too. A lot of things are usually assumed by people but he expresses himself honestly.
The husband had a difficult time as the dog would not let him enter the bedroom and this was what he mentioned about a young couple. A dachshund with a catatonic fit when they fought was what the couple owned and this was written in his book. Similar to that of humans is the body language of dogs and he says that they develop like young children. In addition, he also says that like humans dogs tolerate closeness differently.
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. Don't bother with a puppy older than 10 weeks, unless he's been raised with a lot of people around he advises. Seeing its way of interacting with other puppies is important when you are considering getting a dog. Actually, a dog that is very outgoing can be the most aggressive out of the bunch.
Bring an old scarf or a glove with you and after he investigates it see if he will play a game of tug of war. When a puppy is at five or six weeks, there is no need for any discipline training for he will only forget it but he will need some tender loving care as well as an exposure to a number of experiences that will enrich his environment.
There is a sensitive fear period at eight weeks according to him and during this time the owners should be aware enough not to cause any undue trauma for their puppy like a visit to the vet. When a dog reaches 12 weeks he will then be emotionally bonded to his owner and by then his spirit and attachment will no longer be broken by discipline training. This doctor, who holds a veterinary degree and a doctorate in psychology from a London university, has several breed recommendations for people in different situations.
Working best for a family with children in the house is a golden retriever, young couples will enjoy the company of terriers, advised for apartment couples is a schnauzer, a Yorkshire terrier, or a poodle, a Yorkshire terrier, pekingese, or pug is ideal for older couples. But, he says, you used to be able to tell the temperament of a dog from the breed, now you can't. He associates this problem with less quality in breeding.
He calls them cranks when the dog breeders get together and decide on changes for the standards of breeds. If a person is not aware of the possible results then he should not try and change standards, he said. The need for mandatory testing is being emphasized nowadays in terms of prize dogs before any of them are named the best in the breed. This is in order to ensure that the winning dog is no zombie.