Are there bad dogs and where do they come from?
Sometimes owners complain about “bad” dogs. But are there bad dogs and where do they come from?
Of course, there are (and not so rare) dogs that exhibit "problem" behavior. And it happens that there are genetic prerequisites for problems of behavior, that is, such behavior is innate. But this is not so common, and often such problems can be compensated to a certain extent.
But more often than not, “bad” behavior is an acquired thing.
Where do bad dogs come from?
Sometimes the owners and “sympathizers” call the cause of “badness” “spoiled” or “dominance”, however, “spoiled” and “dominant” dogs in fact are unhappy and / or misunderstood.
Bad habits, due to which a bad label is hung on the dog, are most often not associated with the dog’s “badness” at all. As a rule, they have one (or several) of the following reasons:
- Health problems. For example, aggression is not uncommon because a dog experiences pain and, therefore, it is annoying.
- Lack of socialization dogs. For example, a dog may rush at other dogs simply because it does not know how to communicate with them, as it has simply been deprived of the appropriate experience.
- Negative experiences in the past. For example, many dogs are afraid to even go to the veterinary clinic, where they went through unpleasant procedures.
- Lack of training. Dogs are not born with knowledge of the set of rules for living in human society, and each owner has his own rules. And before demanding that your dog meet your criteria, it needs to be trained in the right skills. Even if you take a smart breed puppy.
- Inadvertent training. Sometimes people, without realizing it, instill bad habits in the dog with their own hands.
- Undesirable species-typical behavior. It is perfectly normal for a dog to bark and chase cats and birds, but in a modern city, this behavior is not always appropriate. Therefore, the owner’s task is not to blame the pet for “barking from morning to night”, but to work on the problem and train the four-legged friend “to keep himself in its paws”.
That is, the point is not that the dog is "bad."
So are there bad dogs?
Bad dogs do not exist. But there are those with whom it is difficult for a particular owner.
However, these dogs have a huge plus. They are great teachers. And often, looking back at the years spent in their company, we are surprised at how much “bad dogs” taught us. Patience, perseverance, ingenuity, the ability to understand others and take care of them, the ability to perceive difficulties with humor ...
And perhaps your “bad” dog came into your life in order to give you something very important?