August 30, 2012

Does Your Dog Enjoy Petting - Take the Test!

Enjoying petting?We often misread our dogs and assume they are enjoying our interaction when in reality sometimes they would prefer to move along. I always recommend people pet then pause when engaging with dogs. This allows them to choose to leave or stay. Here is a perfect video demonstrating this. I love the term “consent test”. I recommend all owners try this with their dogs and video tape and see if their dog really enjoys their interaction or not. This is very helpful when children want to pet or engage with dogs. I always recommend pet then pause. If the dog chooses to move along then say “thank you” and let them go. The more we recognize the attention our dogs truly enjoy the more trust and comfort they will experience with our interaction.Love this clip! Great work by

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I train dogs using positive reinforcement training to modify unwanted behaviors.  I step outside the traditional training box and use therapeutic-grade essential oils to assist in my behavior modification regime when it comes to dogs plagued with fear and anxiety as well as aggression.  My philosophy is to heal the dog's mind, body and spirit, not just to rid the dog of unacceptable behaviors.  I specialize in shelter dog rehab, reactive rover, and fearful fidos.