She was perfect! As soon as you saw her, it was love at first site - for both of you. As if the sea parted so you could meet your new BFF, there she was. Healthy coat of thick black fur. One green eye and one blue one, and the weirdest bark you've ever heard! It didn't matter, because Negrita, as she came to be known, was your buddy!
There are a number of ways alpha uses to get his or her message across without an out-and-out fight. They include the Alpha Roll, circling and sniffing, standing over, urinating on, pawing, eye contact with a cold-eye stare and growling/snarling with teeth bared at the insubordinate.
Though you may be the type that absolutely adores puppies and enjoys lavishing them with attention, it's probably safe to say that you don't derive similar enjoyment when dealing with puppy behavior problems. I'm not talking about housebreaking issues (such as pooping in the wrong place), although these can be big problems too.
Behavior patterns develop early in life and once established they are hard to correct. This is so because behavior patterns are neuronal pathways in the brain and nervous system which get activated in certain situations. They are enforced and stabilized every time the behavior takes place.
There are a number of reasons why dogs eat poop. Although this may sound absurd, this thing does happen and watching them do this is very disgusting. This particular behavior should never be welcomed since poops contain harmful bacteria, the Escherichia coli, which may threaten the animal's life and can be passed to people through their saliva.
We don't know why there are dogs hell-bent on eating poop. We do know some are more discriminating than others. There are the ones that prefer only their own. There are those that prefer the tasty tidbits of other species; namely cats! Then there are those that are more than willing to try anything!
Puppies are like children - they don't just differ in shape and size, but also in their personality or predisposition. The easiest way to start making sure you and your puppy can have a pretty peaceful coexistence, is to pick the breed that most suits your own personality - and then go from there.
Tossing your dog out alone in a fenced in backyard, or even with another dog, is not mentally stimulating, nor is it exercising your dog! Actually, it could even be making behavior problems multiply. Dogs with behavioral problems are not happy dogs! Their inappropriate behavior is their cry for attention and help.
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