Tips & Tidbits

Not sure if it’s play or bullying? Try a consent test.

Ever wonder if dogs are playing or fighting? This video from Dog Knowledge spells it out with great footage and sensible suggestions–especially regarding CONSENT.

If two dogs are wrestling and one is aways on the top, is the one on the bottom laughing it up or begging for mercy? Do a consent test. Remove the top dog (call or lure her away) and see if the other runs right back for more, or makes a hasty getaway. What about a game of chase? It’s only a game if it’s fun for both the chaser AND the chased. Some dogs seem to feel bullied or hunted when chased; others relish it. How to tell? Give the chaser a quick timeout. Does the other dog make a beeline to safety, or act like you’re the bad guy for messing up the game?

Calling a dog out of play can be a challenge, so it requires a lot of practice and high value rewards (meatballs, hot dogs, etc.–just be sure to avoid fights over food!) An alternative is to have the dogs on harnesses and have them drag a long lightweight lead or rope so you can snag it and slow them down. Be sure to attach it to the harness, not the collar, to prevent excessive pressure on the neck.

And remember: mature, well-matched play partners regulate themselves by taking short breaks and switching between vigorous and lower intensity activities. Puppies (under 6 months) and adolescent dogs (6 months to ~2 years) may need our help to keep the lid on things. Regular interruptions (a minute or two) will restore calm and keep arousal in check.

What Kind Of Dog Is That? One Of A Kind.

Mixed breed dogs are just that–dogs made up of a mix of breeds. Which breeds? You can’t tell by looking; 99% of a dog’s DNA codes for traits other than physical appearance. Does it really matter anyway? Each dog is an individual, the result of a sublime alchemy of genes, life experience, socialization, even prenatal influences. Better answers to the question, What kind of dog is that? “A happy dog.” “A smart dog.” “A playful dog.” “A laid back dog.” “A one of a kind dog.” “MY dog.” #AllDogsAreIndividuals

Rx for New Baby Stress: Pet Your Dog



Original FB post by Family Paws:

Cuddle and snuggle time is good for both you and your family dog. Often new parents become overwhelmed and feel that they have not had any quality time with their dog. many miss this and sometimes feel they are not doing enough for their beloved furry family member. We encourage busy new parents to schedule even 15 minutes to relax and just “ be” with their family dog. Sometimes scheduling helps!!! #familypaws #dog #dogaware #busylife #family #familylife