Many people experienced an embarrassing moment when their master’s dog unexpectedly hugged the front legs around the leg and began to squeeze the bowl vigorously.
Why do These Dogs Engage in such Unpromising Activities?
The answer is that dogs, being puppies, go through a special stage of socialization, at which point they establish their identity. This critical period lasts from four to twelve weeks, and all species that share this time with them closely and amicably become their species.
In all dog pets, there are always two species at this stage of growth – dogs and humans. For the rest of their lives, they remain calm in both canine and human society. People share their food, share their pit, go patrolling the area together, play together, indulge in some social preparation, perform the necessary welcoming ceremonies, and usually take dog attendants seriously.
The dog and human society is in perfect harmony. Relationships break down only when it comes to sex.
Fortunately, dogs ’sexual desire has some powerful innate reactions that usually help keep dogs pointing in the right direction. Because people don’t have a dog’s particular erotic aroma, they don’t usually cause a sexual reaction in male dogs who share their homes. When it comes to dogs, people are simply “members of their own squad who are never in a sexual condition.”
Everything should be fine, but unfortunately for most male dogs, encounters with bitches during the heat are unusually rare events in their domesticated lives. There is a level of sexual frustration when even a family cat starts to look attractive. At this point, a casual dog will try to attach almost anything that will last long enough, including cats, other male dogs, pillows, and human feet.
Human legs are attractive because they are easy to fasten. The choice of the leg, rather than any more appropriate part of the human anatomy, depends only on the awkward, non-doggy shape of the human being. They are too large and too high, making the foot the only easily accessible region for sexual progress in the last place.
The correct response to a dog clinging to your feet is compassion, not anger. After all, we condemned such dogs for the existence of abnormal celibacy. All that is needed is a polite rejection of their progress, not the evil punishment that is sometimes served.
The comment about the dog’s interest in the family cat was not encouraging. Some sexually frustrated dogs try to mate with cats, but this only happens when the animals in question grew up together as puppies and kittens. The close association with young cats at a critical stage in their puppy’s development simply places them in the category of ‘my species’ in the minds of cats.
Puppy playing with:
(a) other puppies in his litter,
(b) a family kitten; and
(c) human owners will have a triple attachment during the socialization phase from four to twelve weeks that will last a lifetime.
Does Loneliness Plays a Role in this Behaviour?
There is another side to the coin in this process of attachment. The absence of the species during the socialization period in the puppy’s development will mean that it should be automatically avoided later.
This applies even to real puppy species. If a small baby is taken away from its mother until his eyes and ears are open – say, when he is only a week old – and raised by hand alone, he will be massively attached to people, but will always be shy with other dogs later in life.
Therefore, it is a big mistake to remove a puppy from the family too quickly. If an accident occurs when a mother dies and, for example, only one puppy survives, it is important to try and have young puppies or dogs when he is bred by hand to get used to it. during a period of critical growth.
If a puppy is left in the company of his canine family but kept completely away from people until he is twelve weeks old, he will never be restrained and friendly to humans at a later age. Puppies raised outdoors on an experimental farm where they had no close contact with humans until the litters were fourteen weeks old were effective as wild animals.
Therefore, the idea that a domestic dog is in some way a “genetically domesticated” animal is not correct. It is also incorrect to say that wolves are more “wild” and unbearable than dogs. A wolf cub taken at a sufficiently young stage of development becomes an incredibly friendly companion so much that most people, seeing one being led for a walk with a collar and lead, would imagine that it is just another big dog. In fact, once a restrained adult wolf was brought from England to the United States with Queen Elizabeth, registered in the state of Alsace, without comment. He walked around the deck every day and cheered on the passengers and crew, which would be horrible if they knew his true identity.