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  • Part II - New Dog Owners: What Not to Do

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 2:27 am

    In this blog we will continue the topic of what not to do with a new dog from our last blog! So what other human behaviors annoy your dog or are just plain bad for training?

    Make sure your kids know how to treat the dog.

    Children run around in a frenzy of energy on a daily basis, and it’s no secret this nonstop action can drain already tired parents, but did you know it can also have a negative effect on your pooch?

    It’s not hard for kids to antagonize a dog without realizing that what they are doing is making the dog feel unsafe, and unfortunately it’s the child himself who is in danger. Teach your children that pulling, tightly hugging and otherwise antagonizing the dog has the potential to cause aggressive behavior. Each member of the household should be taught general canine body language cues, and learn how to monitor their dog’s own individual tics.

    Signs of distress in dogs.

    No it doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is just tired when it yawns- you may be surprised to learn that yawning is a sign of stress in dogs.

    Other signs can include looking away from the person annoying them (maybe as they are being tightly hugged and constantly touched), licking their lips (no, that doesn’t always mean they want a treat), and something known as whale eye.

    Whale eye is a canine body language signal in which the whites of the dog’s eyes are showing. If you notice the whites of your dog’s eyes are visible for longer than a split second, this may be your dog trying to signal that they are uncomfortable in some way. Along with whale eye or with any of these other behaviors, your pup may growl, stiffen up and exhibit other signs that conveying they are not happy.

    The trainers here at The Connected Canine in San Fernando Valley, CA can help you and your family learn more about your pooch and aid in establishing trust with your new family member. Contact us about our training programs today!

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