Keys to Your Dog’s Health and Behavior

You love your dog. You want to make sure they’re as healthy and happy as possible. And you definitely want them to behave themselves. But what if you’re unknowingly making mistakes that are hindering their health and behavior? It’s time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of your dog’s care. Here are the 6 keys to your dog’s health and behavior, which can help ensure that both physical and mental well-being is in good shape:

Without speaking the same language, you are still communicating.

You can communicate without speaking the same language.

Your dog may not be able to utter a word, but that doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t understand what you’re saying. Dogs are good at reading body language and can pick up on your tone of voice, facial expressions, eye contact and other gestures to determine what you’re trying to communicate. They also pay attention to how their owners behave in different situations so they know how people—and especially their humans—are feeling. By learning about your dog’s behavior and signals, you’ll be able to better understand how your pooch thinks.

It is okay to be stern with (not angry at) your dog.

Being stern with your dog is not the same as being mean. It is okay to be stern with (not angry at) your dog. Your pet needs rules, boundaries and limits to feel safe and secure in its environment, which will help it develop good behavior. Consistency and fairness are critical parts of this process.

It’s important that you are patient when teaching your dog new skills or commands—dogs don’t learn overnight! Be calm when training them so they can focus on what you’re asking them to do instead of reacting defensively to your tone or body language. Being assertive means using clear commands without yelling at them; if they don’t follow through on what you ask, calmly repeat yourself until they do as asked without any resistance from either party involved in this interaction

Body language can be misinterpreted by people and dogs.

Dogs, like humans, don’t always have the same ideas about what constitutes a threat. A dog that growls and bares its teeth in your general direction may be feeling threatened or tense but it can also be exhibiting signs of happiness, aggression or boredom. A dog rushing up to you for attention and affection could very well appear dangerous if a stranger were to see it—but it might just be an excited puppy getting ready for some playtime.

A dog’s body language is also affected by changes in their health: they may react differently when they’re sick or injured than they would otherwise. The best way to tell whether your dog is aggressive towards you is through observation: how does he act around you? Does he snarl at you when he comes into the room? Or does he lie down calmly and let himself be petted?

Dominance isn’t a factor in behavior problems.

You may be surprised to learn that dominance is not a factor in behavior problems. The myth of pack mentality and the concept of “the alpha dog” is just that—a myth! Dogs do have social hierarchies, but they are hierarchical based on relative status (i.e., who has priority access to resources). Every individual within the pack has an opportunity to earn higher or lower status depending upon his or her ability to assert control over others.

Not only does showing your dog who’s boss create unnecessary stress and anxiety for both you and your pet, it can also lead to more serious consequences like aggression toward other pets in the household and dangerous behavior around children (who are often perceived as being weaker than adults).

Punishment doesn’t work

Punishment is not effective.

There are many reasons not to use punishment, and many more reasons why it actually doesn’t work. The most important reason that punishment does not work is that it can make the problem worse. If you punish your dog for barking at visitors, he might start growling instead of barking. Or he might become fearful and anxious when there are visitors in the house, or maybe even when they come over just to visit with you! Or he might develop learned helplessness—the belief that nothing he does will ever improve his circumstances—which can lead him to stop trying at all.

Professional help has a good success rate.

If you’re considering professional help, there are a few things to consider. First, it’s important to remember that no one knows your dog better than you do. This doesn’t mean that all the advice and solutions offered by professionals won’t be useful, but only that it’s up to you to decide if their methods are appropriate for your situation—and whether or not they’re worth the price tag.

Secondly, don’t go in expecting miracles from any professional treatment plan. The effectiveness of these programs depends on many factors: the skill level of the individuals involved; what interventions have been used; and how long each one is implemented for (just like any other type of treatment).

Finally, don’t expect instant results from any form of behavioral modification training. Like anything else worthwhile in life (like learning how to play guitar), change takes time! Your dog will need lots of patience during this process as well as frequent practice sessions so he’ll learn new behaviors faster and more efficiently over time

If you want your dog to be well-behaved, they need to be healthy first and foremost.

Why do dogs act out? Why are they so stubborn? Why is my dog barking at nothing, or chewing on things he’s not supposed to? Before you get frustrated with your pup, first make sure that he’s healthy and happy. This can be achieved through proper exercise and nutrition.

If your dog is behaving in ways that seem abnormal or out of character for him, it may indicate a health issue—something as simple as an ear infection or something more serious like cancer.

In addition to making sure everything is physically well with your dog, don’t forget to pay attention to their emotional needs as well: A tired or bored dog will be much more likely to become destructive. Make sure his environment is stimulating enough for him so that he doesn’t feel bored or unfulfilled when left alone for long periods of time (for example, take him for walks around the neighborhood several times each day).


The best tip we can give you is to be consistent. Your dog needs a routine to feel secure and if they know what’s expected of them, they are less likely to be confused or upset when things go wrong. This also means being aware of your own body language so that it’s not misinterpreted by humans or dogs alike! You can do this with help from professionals who can show you how best to communicate with your pet in order for them to get the most out of their lives together as friends for life.