This is a question that many dog and non-dog owners ask a lot. The first thing i always ask them is what would they do if they had a tail? Well, many answered and said they don't know as they have no idea what having a tail would feel like. Well, that is not 100% true. A dog's tail is an extension of the spinal structure of the animal, it's like another limb if you want to call it that. It is just like our hands or feet that is part of a bigger skeletal system which is our body. So us as humans having a tail would simply feel like having another limb besides that hand and feet. But with that being said, a dog's tail is very special to him/her and the animal wags it's tail for various reasons. Lets look at the top 5 reasons why dogs wag their tails.
Reasons Why Dog Wags Tail
So what about dogs who simply can't wag their tail because it has been cut, well i sympathize with those dogs and urge new dog owners and breeders to not cut off the dog's tail as it serves more than just being an extended limb for the animal.
Many may wonder if animals do have emotional feelings and the answer to that is a resounding yes. They are not just dumb animals as many people refer to them, they are just not humans. Your dog does have feelings and sometimes pet owners may simply hurt their dog's feelings without even being aware. The thing is that dogs do understand us and they understand the mood which you are in and interpret your body language and tone and transmit that to their feelings. So lets look at ways we may hurt our dog feelings.
If you shout at your dog because you are stressed or the dog may have done something wrong, you have just hurt your dogs feelings. Shouting is the same for our pets as it would be for a human. If someone shouted at you wouldn't you feel, hurt, embarrassed or angry? Well since your dog will not get angry at you, the only other emotions left are feeling hurt and embarrassed. This will cause your dog to shy away and probably go curl up somewhere and lie down looking at you wondering what it did. Situations will arise when you are upset but remember the count to ten rule. It applies to your dog too.
Telling Your Dog To Get Away
If you have a dog, you must at least spend sometime with the animal. Your dog will come to you for a little emotion and love sharing by either indicating it wants to be petted or played with. If you continue to run away your dog when it seeks a little love you have just destroyed the animals feelings. You can take 10-15 minutes to pet or play with your dog to remind it that it's owner still cares.
Ignoring Your Dog
Sometimes this may be the greatest hurt of them all. You come home and your dog is pumped up with excitement to see you. Little mugs is barking and wagging its tale. Jumping and running around your foot hoping to get a lift, a couple licks and smothering and you simply ignore the animal, walk to your bedroom and slam the door shut. Your dog is there wondering why you didn't notice how happy he was to see you home and just needed you to say hello.
Paying More Attention To Other Animals
Who says that dogs will not get jealous and hurt? Your dog will feel hurt if for some reason you acquire a new pet, bird, cat or pig, And then diverts most or all of your attention to your new found love. Many dogs will feel hurt and simply look for love elsewhere.
Cesar millan eat your heart out! Come on folks, lets whisper to some dogs. So what exactly is dog whispering by the way? Well a person who is an animal whisper is suppose to have some sort of unique communication skills to wards that particular animal which allows him and the animal to communicate much more effectively and hence forms a likely understanding with each other and certainly forms a bond. There are a couple people who have proclaimed dog whispering abilities, but whispering to dogs is not that difficult once you understand the animal and have time and patience mixed with some doggy love.
Benefits of Learning Dog Whispering
Steps In Learning To Dog Whisper
Know the commonalities of all dogs: Dogs will be dogs, there are things which dogs do, like and instincts which they act upon during certain circumstances. You must have some lengthy experience in dog mannerism and behavior. When i speak about commonalities i refer to ways most or all dogs behave in a particular situation. Lets look at an example such as an over protective dog.This particular dog barks and growls at friendly visitors. This could be a sign of probably territorial ownership which is an attribute of most dogs or the dog may think his owner is in danger and thus places a bubble around his owner. This may be a sign of a dog simply protecting his master. So as a dog whisperer, you duty is to find out the dog with the behavioral problem attributes, know the dogs past and observe the dogs surroundings, wok out a solution(s) to alleviate the owners concern. A dog whisperer is keen on every attributes of the dog and does his/her best to train the dog or advice the owner on an appropriate solution.
Know your breed:There are some basic ground work when it comes on to one being labeled a dog whisperer. You must at least know something about dogs. Every breed of dog is different and different dog breeds have different temperament. What pay work for a Pit-bull may not be the best option for a shiztsu. Different breeds of dogs do react to situations differently and it is your duty as a dog whisperer to understand your breeds thoroughly.
You Must Love Dogs:If you don't love dogs, your shouldn't be associated with these marvelous animals. Being a dog whisperer takes, commitment, time, patience, care, love and understanding for the animal. If you are not committed and do not love dogs, try your hand at something else.
Observe Dogs: Have your ever heard about bird watching? Well you can go dog watching probably at busy dog parks and observe in detail as much dogs as you can. look at them and see how they behave towards each other and, their masters and other dog owners.
Once you feel you have covered the basic steps which i mentioned above, then you are on your way and you can go whisper to your own dog to gain experience.
Dogs will be dogs, they run jump play, eat and some do eventually get ill. But one of the most common observation one may notice is that the dog begins to limp suddenly. You know he/she was fine yesterday and today you notice a limp. What you need to do is simply remain calm and try to figure out whats going on with your dog. It could be a simple situation or it could turn out to be an emergency. What you observe and find or don't find will be the difference. But remember to always have the closest vet number at hand if you are unsure whats happening to give a call so the vet may advise you. So lets look at some of the steps you should take if you see your dog limping.
Step1 - Look for Cuts
What ever size dog it is, you must first gently look to see if there are any visible cut anywhere on feet, paws, between his legs and reproductive organ, or between legs and chest area. If a cut is observed, ascertain for yourself the severity of the cut, some cuts and bruises which require no stitches can easily be doctored at home. If the cut is minor, you can simply clean the cut with natural disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide, then you can apply dog wound powder which also has its own disinfectant and helps to heal the wound. What also must be observed is that if the dog is badly cut, there must be something around the yard which would cause such an injury. Search in and outside your home for any boards, nails or sharp metals which could have injured your dog.
Step2 - Gently Feel
If you have a small dog, you can gently lift the animal, place it in your lap and feel areas of your dog which could contribute to limping. If you have a large dog, simply let the dog stand and examine it. If you touch an area and you notice the dog reacts to that area, touch it again to verify reaction and make a note of that area. If you are examining an old dog, it could be a case of joint dysfunction due to old age. Or it could be that your dog simply hit his leg somewhere while running and the area is just soar for a while. Before calling the vet and booking spots for surgery. Let a couple hours or a day pass and see if the limp goes away by it self. If it does go away, it could be just temporary sore muscles. If the limp continues for more than a day, carry the dog to the vet and let it get a full examination.
Arthritis In Dogs
Arthritis is dogs is not much different in us humans. Old age brings on illnesses unforeseen like joint issues. When dogs gets older or grows old, the cartilage surface in their joints become thinner and most of the cartilage cell dies. The joint inflammation is caused when the cells die and release enzymes. This can also lead to osteophytes. Osteophtes is extra bone growth. If these conditions exist within your dog's joints, you will notice many changes in your dogs behavior, changes such as limping, inactivity and lameness.
Relieving Joint Pain and Stress
It is not easy for man nor animal to be suffering from joint pain which may cause limps and lameness. While there is no hard and fast cure for dogs with sore joints. Many pet owners have had success with natural pet remedies that helps the dog by attacking the problem area directly and naturally providing pain relief and other health benefits. All natural Safe Remedies is Organic and much more healthier for your pet.
Some Other Natural Joint Food For Your Dog
Now that the fun and joy have passed it is just that sad time when we all have to say goodbye to our pets once they have passed away. This is a very sad part of reality. We see our pets as part of us, our companion, our family and therefore must be treated with at least some dignity when passed away. Many people have memorials of their pets and some go for the option of having their pets remains placed in very special urns.
Remembering Your Pet
So how do you wish to remember your pet dog once he/she has passed. There are so many options out there but in my experience, a dog urn or memorial speaks a lot more sentiment than a common pendant or some other attachment. Lets look at common dog memorials and see how best to choose one.
Stone Carved Memorials
Many owners will fancy something being carved to remember their past friend. Stone carved dog memorials are strong and can be cut in just about any shape or size desired. There are stone memorials with writings inscribed on them and you have stone memorials simply carved out as an image of the dog. Depending on who does these memorials for you, it can be quite a beautiful piece.
Many people like the fact that they create a painting as a memorial for their passed dog. Paintings are great and captures the enigma of that life at the time.
Pendants, Bracelet and Key chains
There are many who use these items as memorials, but my opinion is that you would want something to stand out when it comes on to remembering your beloved pet. These tiny objects do not. The upside to this is that the memorial will mostly likely be present with you most of the time.
I have known hundreds of pet owners who use the tattoo as a memorial for their dog. They would often tattoo the face or name of the dog on shoulders., arms or legs.
Many owners simply combine images and video of their dog and make beautiful movies and scenery with them. One thing about this is that you get to sit and reflect beautifully using visuals
If you want to store ashes, or anything of certain interest to your dog such as its collar, leash or favorite toy. You can select some beautiful dog urn pieces. One beautiful urn to choose is the now fancied urn lockets.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.