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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Instinct

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor


There are many theories on training dogs. Some folks like to think they can get their dogs to do anything they train them to do. Conversely, they believe they can make their dogs stop behaviors that are unacceptable. While that may be true, most dogs will revert to instinct if given the opportunity.

Funny-easter-dog-basket-4114887A good example of instinctual behavior is allowing a dog with a known, high prey drive access to a rabbit. Sure, the dog may seem friendly toward the rabbit but do not take for granted that he will overcome his instincts if left unattended.

Another situation might occur when a herding dog chases cars or nips children that run past. He is simply doing what his instincts tell him to do—he is herding! You may be able to train him to stop his behavior temporarily but if left on his own it’s likely he will resume what he’s been bred to do.

During this time of stress please don’t forget to pay attention to your family pets! Give them extra care and attention if you are quarantined!

Everybody STAY!

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

856.981.8957 Brotherofthewolf@live.com

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