With well-aged training philosophies, and modern-day training styles having come about, a new mix in training has come to the fold. More and more ways than one exist out there that consistently render greater success, by just following the conventional cookbook on dog selection and then training, it seems to have dissipated, giving way to the trend of thinking on more scientific and sound methodology and application for dog selection and training.
K9 Territorial behaviour vs. social behaviour
All canine, whether living in a solitary or social state, are still territorial.
The question is what is the significance of this for both owners and trainers alike.
Well, in a social behaviour context it would translate to the following behaviour traits:
· Social canines exhibit behaviour that we want, and would like to see; therefore, socialisation is a must, and a prerequisite before training, and even during selection.
· We talked about aggression, or aggressiveness in one thread, and this flagged something, the importance of individualism, and the differences in behaviour from the rest, because of this trait, seen in any breed. How do we develop this?
· Well-socialised dogs, have more visual and emotional traits and forms of communication, they have soul character, and exhibit a far greater tolerance to being in close proximity of humans and other animals. They are observed to have better hunting, social, behavioural, and other instincts and skill; many are more timid and inclined to learn from the behaviour of others including other animals and humans. They make more play, and exhibit more tolerance to their environment and those in it true social behaviour, as we understand it, or observe it.
· They are also observed to possess greater complexity in their use of all their senses, visual and auditory cues and, consequently, can convey a greater range of expression and communicate; this is consistent with the closer proximity afforded by pack behaviour.
· Compared with unsociable animals, where we see the opposite very little differentiation in character traits, very few individualised characters their character is stereotype, and so is their behaviour, as well as very routine, they will sleep in the same spot ext. They tend to all exhibit the same confidence levels and abilities.
These traits were achieved by or through, domestication; what is so significant about this, it is common knowledge, you may ask. Well domesticated dogs have acquired the physique ability to recognize human communication, studies conducted proved this, compared to their animal counterparts and ours, wolves and chimpanzees, domesticated dogs proved to have become more intelligent than the afore mentioned in this regard as a species, they have developed the ability to truly and consistently, understand cues from human subjects.
You may say, hay this is great. Yes it is. However, and this is where it all goes wrong for some of them having attained this enlighten state communication with humans.
The results are that they also get the good with the bad. Dogs are also very emotional animals, with good memories. This implies that they can also suffer from stress. Good and or bad stress, Also referred to as Acute stress more commonly known observed as the fight or flight response -A dog experiences many types of feelings and sensations daily, same as humans, from separation anxiety to Closter phobia. Even boredom that will manifest in ultimately frustration and anger, that can alter their behaviour and in some occasions, it can even cause their death.
There have been cases where the dog owner had passed away and subsequently caused the dog to become depressed, the point where the dog stopped eating, got sick and died as well.
Puppys that grow up in environments where people yell and scream a lot, even fight all the time, and where there is no emotional stability, will adopt an insecure attitude.
The dog might sometimes be submissive and tranquil whilst at other times it will behave nervous and even aggressive, due to its own emotional instability caused by unsocial behaviour in his environment. I Think :wink:
How do you see this? :?: