Hunting Dog Training – Developing Steady to Release – Step 2
Are you considering adopting and raising a Black Mouth Cur? Taking that you even know what it is, you’re going to have to learn more about its history, character, and the jobs that it was “meant” for. The Black Mouth Cur is one of the best hunting dog breeds on the face of the planet – they have skills that others don’t have, and similar ones that are of greater “refinement”. This pooch has been known for its neck-snapping speed, as well as its eye-popping agility. It can get through obstacles, such include trees, vines, etc., in the hunting environment it was placed in.
The build of it is ideal for that kind of scenario – athletic, strong and a flexible body weighing anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds and standing up to 28 inches. With that physical prowess and structure, it was no wonder that it was able to run after and kill medium to small sized critters with ease. But its abilities didn’t just limit itself to catching small game; it had a knack for the big ones. Be it a deer or a bear, the Black Mouth Cur could easily sneak up on it, catching it off guard. From there it would be able to alert the hunter of the prey it found, or if necessary keep it busy till the hunter arrived.
Killing animals, tracking them down, or holding them at bay was one of its many specialties. Aside from that, it made a good sheepdog – guarding herd, keeping them in order, and warding off predators was the standard operating procedure given to it by the farmers. That’s how the Black Mouth Cur is, and that should never be forgotten while raising one. With that in mind, having one as a family pet would be great. They are very protective and have the tendency to treat the family as its “herd”. Unwavering loyalty to the lucky owners of the pooch will be given without hesitation.
It’s also known for its kindness towards the people it loves, especially the ladies (it’s a fact). Black Mouth Curs also get along very well with the children of the family – they just love playing with them and keeping them under “surveillance”. But they don’t get along with other kinds of animals, such as raccoons and smaller animals. The other pets in town could also trigger its “hunting instinct”. Remember these are very proficient killers, having one in the town may lead to “mysterious disappearances” of other peoples pets. Giving it thorough canine behavioral lessons and “socialization classes” is very important if you don’t wanna be the owner of a serial killer.
Let it meet the other mammals and people around, preferably at an early age. Giving it nutritious dog food is also important – its best that you give it three meals a day, instead of one big one. This will help out with its digestion and avoid the rise of any “overfeeding” related disorders. Have it exercise often, like everyday to keep it in good shape. Most importantly, give it love and attention – don’t treat it as if it were a piece of property or whatever; treat it as if it were a member of the family.
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Havanese Dog Training Tips
You may be the biggest dog lover in the world, but that doesn’t mean everyone in your family or circle of friends is a fan of canines “” even your cute Havanese may look scary. They might have had a bad encounter with a dog as a child or they might simply have an irrational phobia.
Or, it’s possible that they may be frightened by specific behaviors your dog may exhibit. It’s important to not only learn what is causing the fear, but then to figure out what you can do, as the dog owner, to cut it off.
The Source of the Fear
Step one is to talk to your family or friends about what is going on. Imagine if you were afraid of someone’s dog because it growled at you. How would you feel if the dog’s owner blamed you for the problem, assuming you have some irrational fear?
So, you shouldn’t do the same to them. Always start by assuming there is a sound reason for their fear and talk to them about it. Ask if they have seen something in your dog that causes the fear or if they were attacked as a child. The second you can figure out what started the cycle, you’ll be able to start dealing with it.
If Your Dog is Causing the Fear
If you find out that something your dog is doing in particular is causing the problem, keep an open mind. Most dog owners have blinders that keep them from seeing the negative things their dogs might be doing. You look at your Havanese and you see a perfect little angel.
If they happen to be growling whenever your friends go near their water bowl, you have a real problem that needs to be dealt with. It cannot be written off as the person’s fault.
To start with, address the behaviour. If the dog is showing aggressive tendencies based on their space or territorial actions, you need to take control of the space and show the dog that you’re in charge. Once you’ve done that, make sure no one is treating your dog improperly. If they’re up front or physical and that makes your dog uncomfortable, it can create an environment where fear is bred.
If the Fear is from a Past Incident
If it turns out that your dog is not causing any of the anxiety and fear that your family or friends are having, it very well may be the result of a past incident. In this case, it can be easy to simply blame them and tell them to “deal with it”.
But, again, would you want someone to be that callous with you? Probably not. I’m not telling you to hide your dog in a corner and keep him there until they leave, but you can introduce certain safeguards to maintain the safety of your home.
First, teach your dog to stop jumping at strangers. Make them stay calm and well behaved when new people enter the house. Second, make sure they understand that they do not have to pet the dog or greet him.
For most dogs, being ignored will breed ignoring. They will respond the same as this is a clear body language signal to be left alone – presuming there is no direct eye contact or touching.
With time, if you can show them that your dog is well behaved and patient, you may be able to communicate to them that the dog is not going to do anything bad. But, first you must show that the dog is under control.
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