Canine expert José Carlos Grimberg Blum assures that the behavior of humans affects the psyche of our pets. In addition, pet psychology helps us understand how dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals think, their social interactions among other breeds and how they bond with each other and with humans. "You have to have a basic grasp of how pets think and communicate. You have to have a solid understanding of basic canine psychology. This understanding is not difficult to obtain."
Pet parents will agree that their four-legged child seems to understand what they are thinking. And pet psychology has established that there is a high degree of truth to this. "Most pets are capable of learning words, especially the nouns and verbs in which most instructions are given. They understand the way their owner refers to them and gives them commands. They can even follow their owners' gaze and act accordingly," says José Carlos Grimberg Blum, a specialist in canine behavior.
It may not be easy to know what your pet is feeling or thinking. It's like dealing with a baby that can't communicate, but can feel and sense. "Animals watch their owners closely. Sometimes, owners don't understand their behavior and then they need behaviorists. After all, the pet's parent is the one who lives with the pet and has the most influence on the animal," says José Carlos Grimberg Blum.
Behaviorists also talk about the language of pets, which plays an important role in their psychology. Although pets do not use words to say what they think, behaviorists say that owners should know that pets have a language. This language consists of barking, meowing, growling, howling, whining, posturing, etc. It is possible to identify different types of barking to understand the signs of aggression.
"Companion animals are both familiar and fascinatingly unfamiliar. To adapt and appreciate their differences, it is enough to understand that they have sensory power and to take it into account. Pet owners have certain responsibilities to make sure their pets are psychologically healthy," says José Carlos Grimberg Blum.
Training to develop behavior
According to José Carlos Grimberg Blum, pets want their owners' attention. And not spending enough time with them sends a strong signal to the pet. Crossing your arms, looking away and ignoring the pet despite being in the same room are obvious signals to the pet. This behavior may be good when it comes to disciplining them, but if done every day, it will put your pet in a state of anxiety.
"Pets figure out which behavior works. And, when they are punished in the right way, the pet realizes that it has done something wrong. Thus, the pet will learn to behave in a way that is acceptable to the master. Most pets want to play and please the people who love them," says José Carlos Grimberg Blum.