Introduction – Learn how pup behaviours are different to normal human behaviours.
Instincts – (19/3/16) A pups instinct can be different than a human, learn the drives and differences that can arise.
Communication – (19/3/16) Part of pup play is the restriction of some forms of communication so they can communicate more on a different level.
Temperament – (19/3/16) People can have different temperaments when they’re a pup, learn how to recognise them and adapt.
Extract from Woof! By Michael Daniels
Human dogs exhibit many of the same behaviours as do real dogs, and have a few that are distinctively human. Driven by two distinct factors – his experience as a human, and his dog instincts, these instincts can be carefully moulded by the Handler to allow the latter to overshadow the former.
Human dog instincts vary from individual to individual. They can however, for the sake of this book, be categorized and discussed in groups – namely, the Pack Instinct, the Play Instinct, and the Territory Instinct.
Many human dogs are instinctively social animals. The social order of a pack is structured with an alpha dog being in charge of the pack, and the remaining human dogs falling in line, single file, each having pack members above and below him on the social pecking order. In the human dog pack, the Handler must assume the role Of alpha. He has control over the human dog, and the human dog looks to him for guidance.
Human dogs play. It’s a fact Of life. Handlers should reinforce this instinct to play by wrestling with their human dogs, playing games of fetch with toys or bones, or simply giving the human dog free time to enjoy himself. Fetch the dildo is a good game to play, and the reward for fetching it well should be obvious. Failure of the Handler to acknowledge this need to play may manifest in the human dog becoming destructive or bored, and may cause the human dog to look elsewhere for playmates.
Some human dogs exhibit this instinct more than others, and will be in the middle of the ‘puppy mosh pit’ any time a group of human dogs is together. Others prefer to sit on the side-lines and observe, or simply stay alongside their Masters. Handlers should take into account each individual human dog’s personality in social situations.
Human dogs are inherently territorial. Members Of the same pack share a territory, but strangers and strays are unwelcome without the express consent of the Handler or alpha male. Human dogs will bark and snap at strangers. They are unwilling, and should not be forced, to share their toys, to eat from a community bowl, or to share their living quarters with strange, stray, or visiting human dogs. Handlers should praise their human dogs for protecting what is theirs – including being protective of the Handler himself.
Extract from Woof! By Michael Daniels
Not being able to use human speech is a very powerful tool to create the headspace – the dog psychology or ‘pup think’ – in the human dog’s mind. Lacking the ability to use words, human dogs must use a wide variety Of vocalizations designed to help them get along in their pack. They warn with barks and growls. They express joy with yips and howls. They let others know of their unhappiness or distress with whines. They must learn to use a wide range of tone, pitch, depth, and volume when ‘speaking’ in order to communicate effectively and accurately. And they must accompany these sounds with body language, which is often as (or more) important to the communication process as the sound itself.
Barking is by far the most common human dog vocalization, and its significance varies widely. Barking can signal the approach of a stranger, being startled by a strange sound, a show of distress, a friendly hello, or a warning for others to stay away.
It could be a sharp bark of alarm, a woof of ‘hey, let’s play’, a warning to keep your distance, a welcome-home hello, or a pleading ‘please pay attention to me, Sir’ request. It is important for the Handler and other human dogs to take note of the tone and volume of the bark, and the body language which accompanies it.
Not all human dogs howl; some do. Some howls are alarms, but often are simply signs of happiness and contentment – singing along with other human dogs, a favourite radio tune, or just from sheer joy.
Growling can mean one of two things – ‘play with me,’ or ‘leave me the fuck alone.’ There’s little in between.
A playful growl is usually light, not throaty, and often accompanied by a yip or roar. It is usually accompanied by the typical ‘play with me’ body language and posture.
The deep throaty growl means leave me (or whatever I’m guarding) alone, or indicates that the human dog is expressing an extreme dislike or distress over something in his nearby space. The Handler should pay special attention to his human dog’s growls. He may be trying to warn the Handler of a threat or something disturbing in the immediate area.
YIPS AND YAPS
Yipping and yapping is sometimes done out of excitement or happiness, but more often is a sign that the human dog wants his Handler’s attention, or is trying to draw the Handler’s attention to something around them. It’s the ‘Look, Daddy, Look!’ in human dog speak.
Whining usually means one Of things – either the human dog is sad, apologizing, or hurt – or he wants something.
Whines Of sorrow or apology are generally accompanied by a very submissive posture.
The ‘I want something’ whine is unmistakable, and a sound generally heard often by most Handlers. The human dog may whine to get out Of his cage – or more likely, to get into it. He may whine when he wants to eat, or if his favourite bone is taken away. If whining alone doesn’t work, human dogs often accompany the sound by pawing the item of interest – either their cage bars, their empty dish, or their Handler’s crotch.
Human dogs are very sensitive to non-verbal communications, and instinctively know that a smile means his Handler is pleased, a scowl means the dog’s done something wrong. Without verbal communication, non-verbal signals such as eye contact and body posture become much more important to understanding and communicating with the human dog.
Eye contact is critical. A Handler firmly seated at the top of His pack can correct any of his human dogs simply by throwing them ‘the look.’ A furrowed brow is worth a thousand lashes on most human dogs, as generally their aim is to please their Handler and disappointment causes them great remorse.
Eye contact cuts both ways, and from personal experience, I can tell you that jefpup knows how to use his little puppy dog eyes to get most anything he wants.
Posture is equally important for both Handler and human dog. For the Handler, a relaxed posture invites the human dog to play or simply do his own thing. An erect posture, shoulders back, gets the human dog’s attention and reinforces that the Handler is someone to be respected and followed.
For the human dog, body language and posture are the key to communicating his feelings and emotions.
Human dogs who really want to play indicate this by placing their heads close to the floor, Often on or near their Handler’s boots, and sticking their rears high into the air and wagging furiously. No Handler can resist this posture. Human dogs show submission by standing or sitting with their butts low to the ground, their eyes downcast. Other signs Of submissive behaviour are rolling over on his back, legs in the air, exposing his neck, belly, and genitals.
Dominance is shown in almost exactly the opposite fashion from submission. Dominant dogs stand or sit erect, eyes cast forward, and will look the Handler and Other human dogs directly in the eye. Dominant human dogs are Often difficult to get to roll over on their backs, but will do so if the company is right, the scratches are good, and the rewards are worth the effort.
Human dogs are generally not shy about letting their Handlers know when they want something. Pawing, combined with a soft whimper or whine, and those trademark ‘puppy dog eyes’ are a
human dog’s way of asking, begging, and pleading.
Pawing at his toys may indicate that he wants to play. Pawing at the door to the house, or the door to his cage, may indicate he wants in or out. Pawing at his Handler’s leg or crotch – well, use your imagination!
Real dogs examine their entire world by smell. They mark with urine, and read the messages left by Other dogs. Human dogs don’t have nearly the keen sense of smell that real dogs do, and so, to some extent, sniffing isn’t something that human dogs do all that well.
Sniffing as an imitation Of real dog behaviour can be used to show that the human dog is inspecting something or checking out a newcomer, and it’s somewhat customary for a human dog to greet new people entering his territory with a good sniff to the feet, crotch, or armpit.
Human dogs are often very orally inclined. Lacking their opposable thumbs and the use of their fingers, they usually substitute their sense of taste, and their tongues.
They lick their Handler’s face in affection. They lick their Handler’s hands in gratefulness and excitement. They lick their Handler’s boots in submission. Some licking is highly sexual in nature, as the human dog licks his Handler’s cock, laps up piss or cum, or uses his tongue to lubricate or clean up a dildo or toy.
Human dogs wag for many reasons. The most common and universal meaning of wagging is to show happiness and comfort. Slower wags portray a relaxed and contented pup, while faster and more feverish wags indicate an excited or ecstatic mood.
Extract from Woof! By Michael Daniels
Temperament is a term used to describe the general attitude that the human dog has toward Other human dogs and people in general. Unlike real dogs, human dogs do not inherit their temperament in this respect, but rather develop it from environment and training.
Dominance or dominant behaviour is common in some independent-minded human dogs. These human dogs have a great deal Of self-confidence, sometimes bordering on arrogance, that enables them to generally get what they want, whether that is control over another human dog, a place in the Handler’s bed, or an extra treat. Dominant human dogs will refuse to obey other Tops unless their Handler is present or has given prior consent, and can control other human dogs with just a glance. The dominant human dog is an asset to the Handler if either the Handler has a multiple-human dog household and the dominant human dog helps keep order, or if the Handler needs or wants physical protection.
Aggression is Often the exact opposite Of dominance. Submissive or shy human dogs are Often quite aggressive when approached by strangers or placed in strange surroundings. These human dogs are often intensely territorial. Aggression can be controlled through training, and through building the human dog’s self-confidence around others and in social situations.
Submission Or submissive behaviour shows itself in the human dog in two forms. Constructive submissive behaviour manifests in a self-confident human dog who simply likes to be on the bottom of the pack. he’s the first one to roll over and expose his cock and balls to others, or to stick his ass high in the air and wiggle it invitingly. Destructive submissive behaviour manifests in an overly shy human dog, often fearful of strangers and intensely territorial. Such destructively submissive human dogs often become aggressive.
Vicious temperaments are characterized by unprovoked attacks (physical, verbal or emotional) upon Other human dogs, humans, or even the Handler himself. Vicious human dogs act Often out Of fear or arrogance. Human dogs who are vicious from sheer arrogance are usually not trainable. However, it is possible for a Handler, given enough time and an extremely firm hand, to get to the root of the human dog’s fears and anxieties to channel formerly vicious energy into something more productive.