All of us at In Memory Of Pets want to give our special
blessings to all
during the New Year.
May you find peace and comfort in your Hearts through loving memories.
This Month's January Newsletter
Our dogs are essentially a pack animal, and
that is probably why it has become such a willing part of "man's family",
which, after all, is only another type of pack. Dogs enjoy being in the company
of others, when they quickly revert to pack behavior, doing the same things
at the same time, eating together, resting together and supporting one another
when threatened; some individuals are dominant towards others, and an order
of rank is formed within the dog group. In the family, where the dog becomes
part of the human pack and family, it has to find its position in the order
of rank, and once this is accepted by all, the dog will be content.
The highly social dog needs to learn how
to live with other dogs and pets, as well was within the family group. Research
has shown that there is a brief period in puppy hood when the young dog learns
to accept socialization. Because of this it has been accepted that the best
time to remove a puppy from its mother and siblings is between six and either
weeks of age. If this is done, the young dog will accept other dogs in a friendly
way, and will socialize readily with humans. At this age it should be introduced
animals with which it will live, such as cats and farm animals.
If a puppy is removed from the mother at
too early an age, and reared in a home without other dogs, it may become too
humanized and be unable to relate to other dogs in later life. Conversely,
puppies left in semi-isolation with the mother and litter mates until thirteen
weeks of age and with very little human contact may never adjust well to life
with a human family.
The dog's senses of smell is probably a hundred
times more sensitive than that of a human being and its nose, as a scenting
organ is important for all aspects of daily life.
A dog out for a walk uses its nose all the time, testing and exploring every
scent that comes its ways. It is this sense that enables a lost dog to find
its way back home, to recognize its family members, no mater who he or she
Except for the ling-sighted ability of some of the sight hounds, dogs generally
have eyesight on a par with that of man. The dog sees moving objects well,
but during daylight poor visual acuity prevents the dog from distinguishing
perfectly still or hidden objects or prey except by scenting. In dim light,
however, the dog's vision is better than man's and the dog has been peripheral
vision, giving a larger visual field. Dogs probably see some color, but do
not see the same spectrum as the human.
Dogs are able to communicate very well, not
only with one another but also with other species and with their owners. Dogs
use every sort of communication method, natural and contrived. They make sounds
of various sorts, use body language and give off chemical signals. The dog
uses its eyes to stare out another dog, and the submissive dog will look the
other way. A human can stare at his dog, and it will soon look away may roll
over in a submissive posture. An aggressive dog, or one protecting property,
will respond dramatically to a stare and might attack. The ears are indicator
of expression, too; erect ears show alertness, and ears held back against
the head indicate feelings of submission or fear.
The tail also indicated emotions: a wagging
tail indicated excitement; a high tail means
Alertness; a low tail shows submission; and a tail tucked between the legs
When dogs first meet each other, they usually
smell each other nose to nose, then smell each other's genital regions. Body
languages is important, too, and the stiffness of the legs, the attitude of
the head and ears, and the position of the tail all communicate one dog's
feelings and responses to the other.
The male do covers all manner of objects
with small drops of urine in order to mark his territory. In particular he
will mark any object previously marked by other dogs. To leave a more definitive
mark, the dog defecates, then, using its hind feet, scratches vigorously at
the ground, releasing pheromones, which are special chemical scent markers,
from glands between the toes. The feces themselves are used as scent markers,
and receive the dog's individual odor from the secretions produced by the
anal glands during the act of defecation. In females, the urine undergoes
changes during estrus, and the scent from this attracts male dogs from a wide
Dogs also communicate through making and
hearing sounds which include barking, howling and whining. Barking is very
variable and owners come to recognize the tones and nuances which have different
meanings, just as the dog soon come to recognize the intonations in its family's
always your Veterinarian is the best source of information and
treatment for questions or problems that may exist.
If you have any suggestions or
comments or would like to add to
our "Monthly Newsletter",
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Memory Of Pets" in sharing loving feelings
for their beloved ones.
John, Carole and Staff
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