NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Animal behaviorist Brian Bailey says your pet dog is not "a little human with fur."
With nearly $65 billion spent annually in the U.S. on pets, Bailey says it's easy for owners to make human-like assumptions about their dogs.
In his new book, 'Embracing the Wild Side of Your Dog,' Bailey says dogs have their own temperament that is shaped by their breed.
When it comes to training, Bailey says you have to factor in a time element.
"You have 1.5 seconds to reward or punish your dog after it does something," said Bailey.
Also, if your dog is a jumper or likes to jump on guests who come to your home, you need to avoid bending down to pet the dog and encourage the behavior.
"Wolves will always greet head level. We’re vertical, so they feel the need to jump to get head level," said Bailey.
"Dogs have scent glands behind the head to positively identify who they are meeting. You can pet the dog, but stay upright rather than bending down. When you bend over you cause the dog to become more frightful."
For more tips, pick up at copy of 'Embracing The Wild In Your Dog."