How Animal Ancestry Can Affect Your Pet’s Behavior

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How Animal Ancestry Can Affect Your Pet’s Behavior

What Your Pet’s DNA Says About its Behavior

Undoubtedly, the most common pets in the world are cats and dogs. However, they were not always this way. Domesticated cats and dogs were actually bred down from much larger and wilder animals such as wolves and big cats.

It took hundreds of years for humans to breed out the wilder tendencies of these animals and domesticate them. Animals instinct does show up from time to time. The most common instincts that show up are:

  • Food Aggression
  • Territory Aggression   

But Yescom has a solution.

Food Aggression 

Food aggression is a common problem among dogs. It occurs when an otherwise friendly puppy suddenly becomes aggressive around feeding time or around food in general. This can lead to a huge problem because it can influence other negative behaviors. The action comes from the very common need to survive and get an abundance of food. 

The way you deal with food aggression is strict training. Once you place the food bowl on the ground, simply stand over it. Your dog may go straight for the food and simply turn your leg toward the dog. Do not allow your dog to get any food until the aggression dies down.

Once the dog is calm or tired out, praise the dog and let them eat. This teaches the dog patience and shows that you are the leader of the pack.   

How to Deal with a Territorial Pet

In the wild, packs of dogs can claim territory that ranges around 900 square miles. Larger cats need even more space. Due to the dangerous and competitive reality of nature, these animals often behave aggressively to defend their territory. Though most of these behaviors have been lost through years of breeding once in a while these tendencies do show up. 

Signs that your pet may be territorial include: 

  • Randomly biting or attacking 
  • Barking when someone enters the room 
  • Growling or hissing when approached 
  • Violent or aloof behaviors when waking up 
  • Stubborn and resistant to training 

If your pet exhibits one or more of these behaviors the chances are it might be territorial. If your pet is territorial this is usually because they do not feel safe in their environment or they feel as though they need to show dominance. These natural instincts can be very dangerous and disrupt your household. Here are a few tips on dealing with an aggressive or territorial pet. 

Back to Basic Training  

In order to deal with aggression and territorial behavior it is important to get back to basic training. Simple tricks such as “sit down” remind your pet who is dominant. Practice regular tricks and use a reward-based system to keep your pet engaged.  


It is a common misconception that cats do not learn tricks, but they can! Teach your cat to sit and like a dog, use the reward-based style training. 

Reduce your Dog’s Anxiety 

A common reason your dog or cat may be acting out is that they have heavy anxiety. Though training can be very effective it can not reduce your pet’s triggers. To reduce your pet’s anxiety here are a few suggestions: 


  • Get a Thunder Shirt. A thunder shirt is a gentle wrap that is said to calm dogs during stressful situations such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or traveling. 
  • Puzzle Toys. Puzzle toys tend to keep animals busy and give them an outlet for their anxiety 
  • Chew Toys. Giving your pet a chew toy will help them get out extra energy in a healthy way 
  • Get a Playpen or Cat House. Giving your pet a space of its own helps reduce anxiety
  • How to Choose a Puppy Play Pen or Cat House 

    When you’re choosing a puppy playpen you want to make sure that your dog has enough room to feel comfortable but not enough room to feel like they control the room.

    Use a puppy fence to create the right shape in the room your caging them in. 

    If you choose to designate a room to your dog use a dog gate to block them from areas you do not want them to enter. 

    Cats need room as well, but not as much room as a dog. A 3 tier cat house gives the cat enough space without taking up a lot of room in your home. 



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