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Why Understanding of Dog Psychology
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Attentive Dog

By Rachel Hudson

You might think you know your canine friend very well, yet, sometimes you can’t interpret what they are trying to communicate. For instance, tiredness can be mistaken for sorrow; that is why learning dog psychology is essential. You will be enlightened and understand how to respond to your dog’s behavior and when to seek help. This knowledge also helps your canine friend to turn street smart.

The Miniature Australian Shepherd, for example, is a hardworking and loving dog that can do almost anything it puts its mind to – with drive, adaptability, and devotion. However they can get easily bored; then they can become borderline obnoxious and possibly destructive within the house. As they are pack animals, they are better for those with families, partners, or other animals, and not ideal for those who live alone.

Learning Dog Psychology

Although pooches don’t use verbal communication, they have their means of communication. The following dog psychology facts will help you to understand why understanding their behavior is necessary.


If you spend time around babies, you will notice that they cry for different purposes and they occasionally do this to get affection. Likewise, pooches know that their barking receives a reaction from their owner. If you understand the psychology of a dog, you will control the pet effortlessly, for instance, if your pooch sulks near a bowl of soup you should correct him and not give him your food. Making the animal understand that you won’t allow tantrums will help you to control his barking, especially when he wants other people’s items.

Pooches Dream

If you notice your pet twitching, barking or huffing while asleep, there is nothing wrong with him; on the contrary, this is a normal behavior exhibited by pooches when they dream. Studies conducted on dog psychology concluded that our canine companion's dream.

This is because dogs and humans have similar sleep patterns and their brains functions resemble ours when asleep. Researchers claim that small breeds dream more compared to the large ones.

Memory and Intelligence

Smart Dog

Sometimes, they act cute or stupid but don’t judge them by these little acts because your furry friend has a great memory. They are able to remember events, faces, and scents that is why they are used as sniffers because they can recall their training and the smell they are trailing. Resources such as dog psychology books or websites explain and give examples of how to enhance your pooch’s memory. Researchers believe that these animals are on the same level of intelligence as a 2-year-old toddler. They are quick learners and not as naïve as many people think.


When you visit a dog psychology center, you will learn that canines experience emotions such as jealousy, happiness, and sorrow. Most owners are able to understand the signs of other emotions except envy. A research was conducted where 2 pooches were put in the same room and given commands, but only one got a treat. The one who did not receive a treat showed apprehension and isolated himself from the other pooch. The researchers concluded that these were signs of jealousy as they appeared in paired dogs in comparison to when the canine was alone.

Canine Mentors

How can you communicate with your dog when you speak different languages? Your dog psychology training classes will help you to understand the importance of introducing a trained older pooch to your canine buddy. Just like children imitate adults, pups follow the actions of adult pooches. If the trained dog exhibits good behavior, the puppy will learn and adopt those attributes. When the trained pooch is given commands and given a treat after performing this task, the pup will master and try to mimic this behavior.

Tail Wagging

When you get home after a hectic day and see your furry buddy wagging his tail, you instantly think he is happy to see you; however, this could not be the case. A research conducted to discern dog psychology behind tail wagging proved that this could be a sign of hostility. Through the study, the researchers found that tail wagging on the right side indicated that the canine was comfortable and petting is welcome. Left side swaying was the manifestation of unfriendliness and anxiety. Approaching the hound in this state can result in a bite or scratch.


Cute Dog

Some people believe that their pooches can sense danger and smell chronic diseases like cancer while others think that their pets are psychic. Dog psychology credits this to the pooch’s advanced sense of smell. They are capable of detecting hormonal changes in body fluids such as sweat which enables them to identify chronic illnesses. Do you ever wonder how your dog knows when a storm is brewing even when the sky is clear? This is because they can identify transformations in the weather even if we can’t, for instance, temperature changes.


When owners understand dog psychology, they can understand why their pets exhibit certain behaviors. You will be able to control behavior through reinforcement. If your pooch is well behaved but changes their behavior suddenly, you will be able to find the underlying cause. Since, your pooch communicates using non-verbal cues, understanding his psychology will help to strengthen your relationship.

What are some good behaviors that you would encourage in your pooch?

Author Bio:
Rachel Hudson is a blogger who focuses on animal psychology and helps people to interact better with their pets. She has extensive knowledge of psychology, therapy, and animal wellbeing. She credits her writing to hard work, extensive research, and interaction with her pets. She enjoys volunteering at the vet’s office.
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