Fears & Anxiety
Dogs can show fear by growling or barking at something, retreating to a different room and maybe hiding under the bed for example.
When a dog jumps up at someone entering the home it is doing it’s duty as leader to establish leadership the moment another member joins the family/pack, a dog is assessing where the family/pack member has been, and deciding where they fit in the hierarchy of the family/pack.
Destructive behavior is a dog's outward display of trying to cope with stress. It is a dog's natural response to chew on something when dealing with anxiety.
Aggression - people or dogs
Dogs can’t talk, they can’t use words and vocalize their fears, as we humans do, so they communicate in their language and culture, and growl, nip or bite when afraid or when trying to take control.
When dogs mouth or nip they are trying to assert their leadership and direct the person. As they don't have hands, they use their mouth.
When dogs don't respond to recall dogs don't have selective hearing, they are just making the decision, as pack leader, if they want to respond.
Dogs they can’t possibly understand that the neighbor coming home, the mail man, or a visitor ringing the doorbell isn’t a possible threat. When dogs bark they are simply guarding their home and trying to keep their pack safe.
Dogs are trying to cope, just as humans do, but they show their stress outwardly in many different ways.
pulling on the leash
Dogs that pull on the leash are doing so because they believe that they have to be in front of 'the pack' in order to assess and deal with the potential threats on the walk.
To read more about behavioral issues download our Behavioral Issues PDF
CANINE COMMUNICATION IS THE ANSWER – AMICHIEN BONDING
The Amichien bonding method being used to help resolve dog behavioral issues was discovered by Jan Fennell (The Dog Listener), who is an internationally renowned author of several best selling books and lecturer. After extensive study of wolves, wild dogs and coyotes Jan discovered how canines communicate. Also inspired by her friend, Monty Roberts, (The Horse Whisperer), she began to formulate a way of working with dogs using their own language.
Jan called this method Amichien Bonding. In French, this translates to “friend” (Ami) and “dog” (Chien). Amichien Bonding is a technique that utilizes dog psychology and pack dynamics, a language that all dogs understand due to their genetic makeup inherited from the grey wolf. The Amichien Bonding method is based on effective canine communication and is a unique, kind method in which your dog will elect you their leader of their own free-will. There will be no need to use choke chains, shock collars, haltis head collars and other gadgets to control or force your will upon dogs.
THE 4 KEY ELEMENTS OF THE AMICHIEN BONDING METHOD REVOLVE AROUND THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES IN A DOG’S LIFE.
- Perceived Danger
- The Hunt (The Walk)
- Reuniting after separation