Why do we love animals so much? When you looking at their eyes, you got nothing but you. Their eyes are clear enough to show the whole reflections of yourself–so pure and innocent. They live in obedience to mother nature. They keep following nature’s rule while the man is likely to break it, even break their own law to seek for self-interests.
Animals, nature’s creation, don’t give up as they still have something to give, to play, to eat, to sleep, to accompany with us. When they pass away, they’d go with nature, to become part of it, to be another form of arts–HISTORY & CULTURE.
Regarding dogs, it has already got a reputation for their loyalty. They never stab you in the back, always love you with all their hearts. No matter what kind of person you are, no matter you are down and out, no matter you are unattractive, or no matter you are mentally challenged, they still be with you to offer your companionships and their way of love.
My puppy was born on April 30, who are programmed to be a pathfinder. He loved exploring every corner around him. His curiosity overcame the fear of unknown surroundings. Two months later, I adopted him from our landlady. I made a bed for him by using the old cloth. And I made a harness for him to go for a walk when the time’s right as well. He always knew that the exact time we come home, he even knows that I will be home in ten-minute earlier than usual. The crazy thing that I even tiptoe over to the apartment, he just knows it, whimpering a little and waiting behind the door with his tail wagging fiercely.
If the hunger finds him at the fixed time, the pup will follow me everywhere, then he’d stop at his empty bowl and look at me. If the joy triggers his brain, along with a cheerful bark, he’d like to touch my feet with his forepaws to invite me to play with him. A well-behaved dog will make your life quality even better. My pup follows our family rules and gets along with them pretty well. Through positive training and great patience, he has learned sit, lie down, stay, eat or don’t eat, stay away, no sniffing, when to play or no playing, when to let it go or go fetch, and go to bed as we give the orders.
I write this article to let you, the animal lovers, know your dogs better. Feel free to leave comments and share your stories or thoughts with us below.
训练关 | Training Part:
The little fellow left his first mark by peeing on the mat as he entered our home. So I went along with it, starting the potty training right off the bat by putting the mat in the corner and wrapped with the outdated newspapers as I removed the sense of his urine. I skipped the crate training since he got used to being wild outside at landlady’s yard.
I used positive reinforcement for his potty training. I rewarded him a small slice of chicken meat every time he peed or defecated on the designed spot. This two-month-old puppy was a fast learner. It took him two days to figure out where his VIP restroom was.
换牙期 | Teething:
At this very young age, he’s teething that end up biting everything, let alone human beings. In his little developing head, he still considered human as the playmate like another puppy sibling. To correct this, I offered him the right play toy instead when he tries to bite me or furniture. If he bit my hand, I’d cry out loud with a NO, then stopped playing with him and walked away immediately. Having been stepped up to the plate for days, he finally took his interests off people and went for his beloved bones and empty water bottle.
分离焦虑症 | Separation Anxiety:
We all know that puppies will cry on the first night as they leave from their mother. As my puppy was born, I was there with his mother. So, he thought I’m his mother as well. He acted really calm and slept near my bed peacefully. However, he couldn’t stand a moment of departure. The minute I’ve gone, he’ll start searching for me madly. To solve this problem, I closed the door behind him on a short time to pretend that I’m leaving. And reopened it as he stopped whimpering to caress him till he feels calm. Then left again for a longer period of time. Having been repeated it for a while, he eventually knew that the master would always come back to him whenever how long it was.
肢体语言 | Body Language:
If you watch your dogs closely, they really do smile. They will normally open their mouth, showing their teeth and tongues with their ears cast down naturally. And the muscles on their cheeks are in a relax mode. Even the eyes are shining as they looking at you directly.
Not like a human has different meanings for smiling. Sometimes, we even fake it. However, as for dogs, it pretty simple for them. Smiling = Happiness.
When puppy likes to play, he will present you the play-bow as an invitation. Take a butt-in-the-air with a front-end-down position where the pup’s forelegs dance back and forth to invite play. When you engage in playing with him, he’s telling you that any growls, snarls, running, wrestling, and biting that comes after are meant as fun and games. It’s pretty hard to take a good photo shooting while I’m playing with him. So the pics above just for reference that let you guys know better about this play position.
For games, there’s are three types of games I’m playing with him. Tug-O-War, for instance, he bites the end of the toy and pulls backward while I grab another end of the toy and pull at the opposite direction. Another game he enjoys is Throw & Fetch. I toss out the ball while he runs at it to bring the toy back to me. The other one is Mop-O-War, which’s he chases around the mop to get the chance of biting and pulling.
During puppyhood, he will develop a sense of territory. At that moment, he tries to mount on your leg, runs a few steps ahead from you, or barks at strangers whom near your home. Sleeping in the bed with you as a starter is a bad idea, which turns out that he’s more likely to consider himself as your boss, challenging you with growls when he doesn’t like your commands. If you care less about this phenomenon, it may result in aggression.
Dogs like wolfs, they live in a pack. You have to show your dog who is the boss around here, who owns the territory. You gotta walk like a leader with chin-up, eyes front. To be confidence. And training is inevitable by creating interactions based on your request. Take SIT! He should get nothing unless he earns it via responding in a positive way to your command. Only do we feed the dog after we’ve finished meals. Don’t go toward your dog and pat him. You could only show caress when your dog approaches you.
If your puppy challenges you or does something wrong. Do not punish him, scold him angrily instead. Some might won’t listen, just send them a time-out. For playful and stubborn one, you could act like a wolf king to poke his leg or but, then chase him down to the corner with a loud cry. Don’t leave until he submits — lower his head, ears and tail go down, and no eye contact.
Dogs, they do dream. My pup had the worst nightmare ever at night after he got rabies vaccine from the vet. At first, he was asleep in peace. Then out of nowhere, he burst out a violent scream as if someone tried to kill him. He got up and run like a hell. Then quickly hide under the sofa. When I turned on the light, I found out he was too scared to pee and poop involuntarily.
Apart from that horrible dream, most of the dreams are his favorite food, I guess. Because, I always see him swallowing his own saliva, sometimes he even flicks out his tongue to touch the air. A moment later, he stretches four legs out and sleeps on the other side.
Anyway, if your dog had a bad dream that may result in crying or whimpering. Do not wake up your dog or touch him. You will get seriously bitten from that. Just let it go and play some easy listening to calm your dog’s nerve.
Well, I hope my article helps you learn better about the dog’s behavior. Some other time, I may write another article on how to roam with your dog together properly. I’ve seen lots of people go for a walk with their dogs leading the way, which’s wrong that may end up in the protective mode to fight for you and aggression may be formed before you know it.
We people should build a solid relationship with our dogs by showing our respects and trusts with each other. We ought to create a joyful and peaceful home for dogs, I think. To offer a sweetness around the dog, and that moment, he shall be there as a guardian angel, loving you with all his heart.
All the photos above are shot by my smartphone and camera without any retouches. Regarding the drawings are painted by ballpoint, pencil, and CG. Especially the one I’ve sketched at the end of the article, which’s a rose in the pup’s mouth. That artwork was a gift for Olesya, a Russian girl on Valentine’s day, wishing her to do what she loves and go for it in the future.
Artworks/ Photograph/ Writings/ Translations by BubbleSwan
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