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DOG GOD | DOG GODS | DOG MYTHOLOGY

DOG GOD, DOG GODS AND DOG MYTHOLOGY

What is a Dog God?  What are Dog Gods?  Maybe you worship your dog and the unconditional love your dog shows you on a daily basis.  Did you know there was such a thing as a real Dog God or real Dog Gods?  I thought it would be fun to step away from the dog training topics for today and take a look at the interesting subject of Dog mythology, Dog God and Dog Gods in Dog Mythology throughout different religions, cultures and in ancient mythology.

In doing some research on the subject of Dog God, Dog Gods, and Dog Mythology I found some interesting dogs in mythology.  And to be politically correct I also found some Dog Goddess myths as well in ancient mythology.  Finally, I looked at different cultural views of dogs in different parts of the world and how different religion of the world look at dogs.  I hope you find this both interesting and fun and will share this with all of your dog friends and ancient mythology nerds.

 

ANUBIS THE EGYPTIAN DOG GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Dog God Anubis

Anubis comes from ancient Egyptian mythology and was considered an ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. Anubis was said to have protected and guided sacred dead Spirits. The depiction of Anubis was that of man who had a black jackal like head, or as a black jackal. Many ancient Egyptians, because of this dog-god Anubis, had a spiritual and reverent association with their dogs. It is well known that many Egyptians buried some of their dogs at Saqqara in the catacombs at Anubieion. It was common for Egyptians to consider dogs to be highly sacred animals.

BAU THE MESOPOTAMIAN DOG GODDESS  OF HEALING

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Bau the goddess of healing is a god of ancient Babylonia. Bau is depicted as a patron deity with a dog head. This ancient dog deity and goddess was worshiped by cults that revered dogs and gave dogs a high position of importance in their culture. Because dogs were considered divine entities, their importance was signified by their use in ceremonies and oath taking. An area around the Ninishina temple in Isin Mesopotamia, had a discovery upon its excavation where dozens of ancient drawings of dogs, many sculptures of dogs, and more than two dozen dog burials were found. The temple was named é-ur-gi7-ra which literally is translated to mean “dog house”.

KERBEROS or CERBERUS FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY
THE FIERCE DOG GOD GUARDIAN AND WATCHDOG OF HADES

kererbus dog god

Kerberos is sometimes called Cerberus in ancient Greek mythology. Kerberos was a fierce man eating dog that loyally protected and stood gaurs at the gates Hell and the underworld. Many gods feared Kerberos. Kerberos is depicted in ancient Greek mythology as a dog with three heads, with many snakes on the back of his head, and a tail that resembles that of a dragon rather than a dog. Kerberos was feared and had the job of preventing the living from entering the land of the dead and the underworld. In ancient Greek mythology, Hercules finally overpowered Kerberos, kidnaping him and was said to have brought Kerberos back with him to the land of the living.

FENRIR THE DOG GOD SON OF THE DEMONIC GOD OF LOKI

dog god fenrir

Fenrir comes from ancient Norse mythology. Fenrir is known in mythology as being the son of the demonic god Loki. Fenrir is also the son of the giant goddess Angerboda. Fenrir was known to have super strength, strength that was even feared by many other gods. In Norse mythology it tells of the story that those feared gods trick Fenrir and used a magical chain to keep Fenrir bound and chained until “Dommsday” or what is also known as the day of Ragnarok. On the day of Ragnarok, Fenrir breaks free from the magical chain that had held him, and Fenrir kills the god Odin who was the chief deity. Fenrir meets his fate when Oin’s son who puts Fenrir to his death avenges him. Another dog in Norse mythology that is also similar to the story of Fenrir is the story of Garmr. Garmr is a blood soaked guard dog that lays guard over the gates of Hell until the day of Ragnarok.

KIMAT THE DOG GOD OF TADAKLAN THE GOD OF THUNDER

Kimat comes from Philippine mythology. Kimat is the dog of Tadaklan. Tadaklan is the god of thunder,by the Tinguian people of central Luzon and lives in the sky with his dog Kimat, is responsible for lightning. During the old times, many people (especially those people of central Luzon) worshiped Tadaklan.

SET THE EGYPTIAN DOG GOD OF STORMS

Set was a storm god. In Egyptian mythology Set is responsible for strange and scary eclipses, thunderstorms, and other geological disturbances that were unknown and scary at the time, such as earthquakes, desert storms of the dark, and the fear and destruction these storms create. Set is often shown as having the head of a dog or jackal, or another animal but the body of a man.

WEPWAWET THE EGYPTIAN DOG GOD PATHFINDER

dog god wepwawet

Wepwawet means “opener of the roads” or “opening a path”. Egyptian mythology says Wepwawet was responsible for leading those that were dead into the underworld and then to watch guard over them on their travels into and through the underworld. In some other Egyptian mythology, Wepwawet was depicted as a military scout who’s job wast to clear a path, opening a way allowing them to go forward into the underworld. Egyptian mythology scholars debate as to whether Wepawet is a jackal, a dog or, a wolf. Many mythology scholars believe Wepawet was a dog because dogs are good at fighting and tracking a path.

XOLT THE AZTEC DOG GOD OF LIGHTNING AND FIRE

Xoltl is the Aztec god of both lightning and fire in ancient Aztec mythology. Xoltl is also know as the god deformities and sicknesses. In some Ancient Aztec Mythology Xoltl is described as a god leading the dead into the afterlife and into the underworld. Xoltl is often depicted in Aztec mythology as a man with a dog head, a monstrous animal with its feet often reversed. Most often Xoltl is depicted as a skeleton. In recent times the Mexican Hairless dog breed, known as the Xoloitzcuintil, comes from the mythical god Xoltl. A little know fact you can impress your dog friends with.

DOGS IN RELIGION AND OTHER CULTURES

Hindus are known to worship dogs as a part of the well-known Tihar festival located in North East India. In Hindu mythology dogs are depicted as ones who guard Heaven and it’s gates, as well as Hell. In general, Hindu people believe that being kind to dogs helps make the way to Heaven.

dog celebration at tihar festival

Although according to the Hindu people mentioned above, the dog is believed to be of a divine nature, many world religions think dogs are bad and they look down upon dogs. In the case of Judaism and Islam, dogs are regarded as unclean animals to be avoided. As with Hinduism, most other religions revere dogs. In Christianity, faithfulness is a positive attribute assigned to dogs. In Asian cultures such as the people of China, Japanese culture and Korean culture, dogs are viewed as kind protectors with most people. We tend to view the Chinese and Korean cultures as being negative towards dogs because of some who sell, cook and eat dogs. Dog’s are one of 12 animals that are revered in Chinese astrology. Did you know that the second day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated as all dogs birthday?


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Phoenix Dog Aggression Trainers

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | DOG AGGRESSION | HOW TO STOP DOG AGGRESSION

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | DOG AGGRESSION | HOW TO STOP DOG AGGRESSION

Dog aggression and how to stop dog aggression, and what to do to stop your dog from being aggressive, is what most of my calls are as a Dog Behaviorist. At Phoenix Dog Training, about 80% or more of the dog training problems we deal with is dog aggression. It can be heartbreaking to have a family pet that you love and that are great in so many different ways, but perhaps your dog is aggressive towards people, or your dog is aggressive towards other dogs. What can be particularly scary and heartbreaking about dog aggression is when you have multiple dogs fighting in the house.

Phoenix Dog Aggrssion Trainers

There are various types of dog aggression. Here are just a few types of dog aggression.

  • Fear Aggression
  • Territorial Aggression
  • Dog on Dog Aggression
  • Dog Aggression Towards Humans
  • Food Aggression
  • Toy Aggression
  • Fence or Gate Aggression
  • Dominance Aggression

The most common type of  Dog aggression is fear aggression. Almost all aggression is fear related aggression. Animals, including dogs, only go into “fight or flight” when there is a perceived threat. Many of the above listed types of aggression have fear as their primary motivator. Some dogs are afraid they will loose their food. Some dogs are afraid they will loose a bone or a favorite toy. Some dogs are afraid that their space or territory is in danger or being threatened. Some dogs fear that their owners are in danger or may experience a threat.

In many cases of aggression it can be difficult to see any real reason for the dog’s aggression. There are about 3% to 7% of dogs with genetic and neurochemical contributing factors to their aggression. This type of aggression can be the most difficult to deal with. In this type of aggression there may be no “real” threat to the dog yet the dog feels there is a threat and becomes reactively aggressive.

The number one goal is to properly assess the type of dog aggression and all of the many contributing factors that might play a role in the dog’s aggression. Old school dog training used to just assume basically any dog that was aggressive was just trying to be “alpha” and was showing dominance. After many decades of scientific research and studies on dog aggression, today we know that is rarely the case. In over 30 years as a dog aggression expert and dog behaviorist who specializes in dog aggression and has worked with and helped some of the most aggressive dogs in the country and abroad, I can honestly say true dominance aggression is very rare, and todays science and studies on aggression in dogs concurs with what has been my experience.

As a result of the latest scientific studies and research on dog aggression, we know today that the last thing you want to do is punish, harshly correct with pain, fear or intimidation, or dominate your dog with an ‘alpha roll.’ These outdated old school dog training methods have never show any long term success in rehabilitating an aggressive dog with lasting results and lasting success. These harsh methods actually add more stress and pressure, along with adding more fear to the dog that is already experiencing something it finds threatening. We want to teach the dog that there is no threat, that the dog can be calm and safe. These old school correction based Dog Obedience Training methods that are harsh do the opposite. We often see other trainers have limited success for a week or two until the dog then snaps and becomes even more aggressive, and often times the dog can become aggressive toward the owner who has been wrongly taught to give a harsh correction to their dog. This is what for real serious cases of dog aggression you need a dog behaviorist.

Phoenix Dog Training has the highest success rate when it comes to treating and rehabilitating dog aggression anywhere in the country. A lot of what Phoenix Dog Training and our Internationally Acclaimed Harvard Dog Behaviorist do is fix and treat aggressive dogs that other dog trainers cannot rehabilitate. We have rehabilitated many dogs that some top trainers and celebrity TV dog trainers have not had lasting success with. Our approach and our system to treat and rehabilitate dog aggression is based in the latest science, and research on dog aggression behavior modification, counterconditioning, and desensitization, along with the latest science in canine cognition.   At Phoenix Dog Training our Harvard Educated Dog Behaviorist specifically studied canine cognition at Harvard University and used that knowledge and education to create what is today’s most successful dog aggression rehabilitation training system.

If you have a dog with an aggression problem call today to schedule an in depth 2-3 hour behavioral assessment and evaluation. After completion of our behaviorist assessment you will be provided with a treatment plan and behavior modification program that we can begin to work on that day to bring about the needed change in your dog’s aggression.

Call today to schedule your AGGRESSION EVALUATION appointment (602) 769-1411