Animal protection, or is it Ethical to suppress your dog’s instincts?
The trend of modern European zoos is to promote the preservation of “captive” animals, at least to some extent, of their natural behavior. The direct purpose of such assistance is ethics in relation to animals, and the indirect purpose is to prevent their aggressive behavior and self-harm. This idea is reflected in the term behavioral enrichment of animals in the environment. It doesn’t matter whether the dog entered your home as an adult or as a puppy, it requires education, just like a growing child.
But it is not enough to teach the dog the rules and commands, it is much more important to establish a friendly relationship with it. And they can develop only on the basis of respect for the rights and interests of the dog. We say this because the owner usually takes care of his rights first. Knowing the nature, characteristics, and evaluation of your dog’s instincts will allow you to correctly assess its condition in your home and better empathize with it. This way, you can solve many behavioral problems or prevent them.What is the” education ” of a pet? In fact, this is its socialization. A clear social structure in which you have leadership. Leadership means that your pet gets the most “parental” care, which gives it a sense of stability and security, + ensuring the safety of your family. You should be aware of your dog’s talents and needs. Despite its “domestication”, the dog is still a social carnivore, and therefore a hunter.
Almost every dog has a more or less pronounced hunting instinct. Of course, a domestic dog does not need to track its prey, hunt it and kill it, however: during a walk, the puppy runs after everything that moves, trying to catch birds or leaves flying low. In the garden, he will bury and dig up Tulip bulbs or the remaining bone. His instincts “tell” him that this behavior can ensure his survival. By placing various “innocent” restrictions on the implementation of your dog’s instincts, you deprive it of a sense of achievement, which violates its rights, as well as your social connection with it. Give your dog reason to trust your management. Give it security, interesting “work” and meaningful learning goals: for example, a fun substitute for hunting. The dog needs this both physically and mentally. Fill the bag with ” prey “(its food) and “hunt” it with it. Such hunting can be used as lessons: to fix the signal skills of your pet (apport, to the foot, remote control, stability). When, where, how and what to “hunt” – it’s up to you. Respect your dog and it will follow your instructions. Do not forget about the necessary accessories for dogs, for example, it is important to buy a good collar for the dog to make it comfortable for a walk, the collar should not press on the dog’s throat, but at the same time, and not be too free.
Under these conditions, you will have a joint success, you will become a team. Show your four-legged friend that you are happy and proud of his achievements – this will be the best reward for him. The principles of keeping a dog in your home should be: the preservation of its rights (to protection and instincts), the right to respect, the right to dignity.