Small dogs often suffer the consequences of a bad reputation. Some people lovingly refer to it as “Little Dog Syndrome”. While it is not necessarily a personality trait found in nature, it is a type of aggression that stems from the upbringing of the dog. Similar behavior originates in nature for different reasons, and they are usually not met with the same results as we see in the domesticated canine world.
The behavior can range from aggression to fearful and antisocial. It can be triggered by a wide variety of situations, which can prove to be very stressful for the dog and the family he or she lives with. For some dogs, it is caused by factors that are present in the home. When your pup is young, be sure not to caudle the dog, or prevent your dog from experiencing the surprises that life brings us. Many small dog owners unwittingly create fear in their dogs by picking them up when larger dogs appear or when other dogs are perceived as a threat by the owner. However, if you allow your dog to explore new situations in a calm manner, most dogs will naturally be more comfortable in new situations in the future. Don’t be afraid to expose your pup to many people and many other dogs, enabling your dog to adapt a sense of comfort and ease. You and your dog will be much more relaxed in the future.
Creatures Corner Fun Facts
Pigs have a highly developed sense of smell and can be trained, like dogs, to detect certain scents. In France, pigs are used to find truffles; police have used them to detect drugs; they have been put into service finding landmines during wartime.
Pigs are secretly cunning. They will follow others to food items, only to steal them away from their companion. Similar complex, competitive behavior has been observed in primates.
Cattle are very social. They can recognize more than 100 individual herd members and have definite preferences about who they choose to interact with, forming close bonds with some and avoiding others. The bond between cow and calf is especially strong. Mothers will become distressed if separated from their calves, even refusing to move or eat until reunited.
Mother hens pass on lessons on life to their chicks, teaching them what to eat, how to drink, where to roost, and how to avoid enemies.
Goats have been known to make clever use of their horns, using them to open gates and feed bins and to batter down boards in their enclosures.
Sheep can quickly remember at least 50 different sheep and 10 human faces for more than two years. They can even recognize positive or negative emotions—and respond to pictures of friendly faces.
Sheep communicate stress by changing the timbre of their bleating voices.
A group of 300 dairy cows listened to music while they were being milked. They produced 1,000 pounds more milk when classical music was played, and much less when listening to rock or country.
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