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Canine Psychology

Basic Understanding Of Canine Psychology

Every species including the human species has its own psychology. When we think about Canine psychology we think of it as the study of the mind.

However like human psychology it is what affects the mind of the dog that gives you the true understanding.

To understand what a dog is thinking we must be able to analysis its behaviour when presented with external stimuli or certain environments. It’s interactions with humans and animals must also be taken into account.

Canine Communication comes in a number of different ways with vocalisation, facial expressions, body language and energy.

Their main communication is through body language, this is a universal language that all dogs understand.

It has been brought through from their ancestry, using their body, ears, tail combined with the facial expressions to convey specific feelings and meanings.

Understanding how a dog learns and how the behaviours manifest is huge part of the psychological process enabling us to seek out the source of dog behaviours being presented and control them.

Dog’s learn through conditioning which starts from the day they are born.

The smells, sights and sounds condition the brain to recognise instantly each stimulus. Their senses are then tuned to understand and accept the complex world around them.

While much of the dogs behaviour is learned behaviour. It is important to know that behaviours can also come from the dog’s genetics.

Genetically driven behaviours for example herding, guarding or hunting although can be undesirable can also give us a starting point to understand the individual’s psychology.

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