How to tell if your dog respects you or if she is just being friendly. By: Kim Zaremba
This might not be the best news for you if you’re looking for a new dog. Dogs have an instinctive drive to be close to other animals. So, if you come home with a dog that appears to be overjoyed to see you, she may actually be doing this because she can’t help it. A well-adjusted dog, however, can do this naturally.
While your dog’s joy to see you at home is one of her good qualities, it is important to realize that it could be a warning sign that you’re not being a good role model for your pet. It could mean your dog is insecure and that you’re not paying enough attention to her needs.
How to tell if your dog is a good or bad dog. By: Kim Zaremba
If you’re wondering if you have a good or bad dog, it can be an important question to ask yourself. A lot of factors will play into whether or not your dog is a good one, including:
What she’s like with other pets
Her training and behavior.
Whether or not you’re the first dog owner she’s ever known
So, how can you tell whether or not your dog is a good dog?
Here are eight signs to look for to find out.
1. Is she confident and comfortable around other dogs and/or other animals?
One of the best ways to tell if your dog is a good or bad dog is to check how she interacts with other pets and other animals.
A dog that is well-adjusted will not be shy around other dogs and animals. She’ll be comfortable with them and be able to interact with them naturally. Dogs that grow up around other pets and animals tend to be more comfortable around them than dogs that haven’t.
However, don’t be fooled by this. Many dogs, including dogs with separation anxiety and dogs who were born or bred to be protective, might not show the right amount of confidence around other dogs and other animals. This doesn’t mean that they don’t like them, though, or that they don’t want to be with them.
In this case, your dog may actually be afraid of the other animals and will be uncomfortable with them. She might not want to interact with them because she doesn’t want to get hurt.
2. Does she love and respect you?
This is another way to tell if your dog is a good or bad dog. You can gauge how much she respects you by how she treats you.
A dog who loves and respects you is going to be grateful that you’re at home and she will love and respect you unconditionally.
A dog who doesn’t love and respect you may love you for food and affection but will not respect you.
3. Can you tell if she’s happy?
A good dog will always look happy and full of life.
A bad dog might look happy but, underneath the surface, she’s probably stressed and scared. When you first get home, she might even seem excited to see you. If your dog does this, she’s probably happy to see you.
However, if you come home and she isn’t looking happy to see you, it may be an indication that she’s afraid and doesn’t know how to tell you this.
4. How do you know if she’s sick?
A dog who is sick will have a noticeable physical change in her. This will show itself as a change in her appetite, her coat, her breathing or her gait.
If your dog doesn’t seem sick, it’s possible that she just isn’t showing any signs of illness right now. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any, however.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, make sure to take her to your veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out any illnesses.
5. Does she feel safe?
If your dog seems to feel safe when you’re at home, this might be an indicator that you’re a good role model for your pet.
However, if you come home and she’s fearful, this could mean you’re not providing a good enough home for her.
A well-adjusted dog will be able to stay relaxed when you’re at home because she knows that you’re going to be around, even though she can’t see you. She will not feel safe when you’re not around because she won’t know what to expect.
So, if your dog feels safe when you’re not around, this could be a sign that you’re a bad role model for your pet. She will feel unsafe when you’re not around because she’s afraid you’re not going to be there when she needs you.
6. Does she show any aggression?
Dogs who aren’t trained properly are more likely to show aggressive behaviors. When you come home and your dog looks aggressive and agitated, this could be an indicator that she needs training.
However, it could also mean that she’s being overly cautious. If this is the case, she could be afraid to be around other animals and could be more likely to act aggressively toward you and other pets.
7. What kind of behavior issues does she have?
A dog’s behavior issues could range from being overly friendly to being overly aggressive.
Dogs who are overly friendly could be overly friendly because they’re just being friendly. They might be friendly with you because they feel like it’s a good way to get