Guest Expert Maggie Pearson of Tenacious Dog Training presents on Getting Back to the New Normal. We chat about how to help our dogs overcome challenges with a changing schedule. These topics can apply to a change in your work schedule or any other major life change.
There are lots of great ways to play with your dog! Some dogs will love personal play – which is just you and them playing together without toys or food – some dogs will love playing with food games, training together, or playing with toys.
The result of dog-to-dog interactions and the sociability of individual dogs can have many variables. Not only can these interactions change depending on the personalities of individual dogs, you dog’s sociability is likely to change throughout their life. If you’ve ever wonder why your dog was social one day, but not the next, or thought about bringing a new dog into your home, it is important to know where they might fit on this scale. This is a great article that digs more into the subject.
There are many ways out there that tell you how to greet a dog. This poster will illustrate some of these. The biggest thing to do remember is that we do want to invite pets to interact with us. We don’t reach out or go to them, but we let them come to us instead.
It is important to know the difference between a dog who is relaxed and one that is afraid or needing space. Use the illustration below to help you identify the signs of a dog that is enjoying a rest and one that is “shut down” or telling us they are afraid of what will happen next.
While the term DINOS (Dogs In Need Of Space) is often used to describe dogs that really don’t like other dogs in their space, we should extend the courtesy of space to ALL dogs unless explicitly and enthusiastically verbalized by the owner. Don’t be afraid to be the advocate your dog needs!!
Dogs have so many different ways of expressing how they are feeling. The placement of their feet and tail, ears, eyes, and how they shift their body weight all give us clues into how they are feeling. When reading body language, we want to look at the whole cat and all of their body language signs. Some pets can give mixed signals, so you want to consider all of the signals they are giving you.
Conflict is the Mother of disagreements. This is especially true in our multi-pet homes when favorite possessions or places need to be shared. There are a few simple things we can do to reduce distress between our pets.
Some of us now have some extra time at home with Covid-19 and don’t want to expose ourselves by going out to the pet store for extra dog treats. This is a great time to learn a new skill and make at home pet treat to show our pets some extra love!
When our pets get bored, they start to get into behaviors such as making more noise, chewing and clawing items they shouldn’t, and start to get into trouble! By tapping into those instincts and channeling them in a constructive way, we can have calm and happy pets.