10 Tips for Humans
|Dogs “speak” through body language.
Watch for these stress signals, so you know when to intervene:
Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise.
Thinking helps build confidence and tires your dog out.
Being around young children can be stressful for dogs.
Kids have high-pitched voices, move quickly, and are unpredictable. They chase, fall on, dress, hug, corner, and pick up dogs.
Management is your best friend.
This is every dog trainer’s secret. Make your life easier by heading off problems,
instead of getting angry at your dog when they happen.
"Socialization” is not the same as exposure.
Socialization is an over-used term that has come to mean “throw your dog into any and all situations and hope for the best”. Your #1 priority should be to help your rescue dog feel safe.
Training is a process.
Dogs don’t come home knowing our language and rules.
Dog parks and some of the larger day care centers can sometimes harm your dog.
It’s up to you to keep your dog safe in any situation.
We humans use body language that can be threatening to dogs.
We approach dogs head-on, bend over them, and reach over their heads to pet them.
Most reactive/aggressive behavior is based on fear.
Punishing fear just creates more fear. Punishing aggression just creates more aggression.
You don’t need to intimidate or punish your dog to get the behavior you want.
Your dog will respect you if you are consistent and kind.