Showing posts from February, 2012

Wolfie's Language

I talk to Wolfie and he just looks back at me with an empty stare.  He seems to communicate with the other dogs at the dog park.  What gives?  How does he do it?

The big thing that you must understand is that dogs and humans don't necessarily talk to each other in the same way.  To communicate with each other, dogs use body language and guttural sounds, such as barks and growls. When they first meet, dogs use their body language to assess where each ranks in the pack order. Signs of dominance and confidence are a stiff body, head and ears up, hackles up and tail up. Signs of submission and respect are a lowering of the body, the head, the ears and the tail.

Because dogs instinctively know and understand these body signals, it only makes sense that we humans would be able to communicate with them better if we can learn how to imitate the ways in which they communicate with each other.

For example, dogs do not instinctively know the words that come most naturally to us. If two dogs m…

Wolfie Thinks He is King!

I do all the obedience commands and I think I understand about that "dominance stuff", but Wolfie still thinks he is King of The House!  What am I missing?

I get this question almost every day from dog owners.  Being the boss, the king, the big cheese, top honcho, etc. is based on different perceptions within the canine environment and human environment.  There are a lot of things that we could discuss, but there is one, major issue, that if addressed, could solve most of your problems regarding "who is the boss".

I bet that Wolfie comes over to you all the time with a ball or toy and gives you a nudge or whimper asking you to play with him.  I am sure that, nine times out of ten, you take the toy and begin playing.  I bet that when you come home at night and sit down in the family room, Wolfie comes over to you, nudges your hand with his nose for a pet, and you pat him on the head and rub his belly.  I bet that you do this all the time and still wonder why Wolfie th…

Taking Wolfie to a Restaurant

I would love to take Wolfie to a restaurant, but I am not sure what he would do.  I don't want to be "banned" from some of my favorite places!  What should I do?

It is very important that you slowly socialize Wolfie with where ever you want to take him.  This holds true for your favorite restaurant. Here are the steps you need to take:
 Make sure that the restaurant will allow dogs.  Most places with outdoor seating will allow dogs, but you still have to ask.Start to take Wolfie for more frequent rides in the car so that he gets used to traveling with you.  Be sure that he is properly restrained using a seat belt or crate (attached to car).Take Wolfie to the restaurant when it is closed.  Be sure you sit outside at a table that is not in a busy area or on the main path to the restaurant's entrance.  Take some food or a drink for yourself and something for Wolfie.  Stay there for fifteen to thirty minutes and then head home.  Repeat this every other day for about a week…

One Way to a Happy Doggie

Sometimes I just don't know about Wolfie.  I come home after work and give him tons of love, but he still goes nuts with my friends and guests.  He seems to be a geed dog, but he seems to always misbehave with anyone else.  I'm confused...
Some dogs just need more interaction than others.  This is not necessarily tied to a breed, sex, or age.  In our experience, we have seen multiple times where dogs who are well behaved with their owners and appear to be very well trained, go "nuts" when other people come over.

In these instances, we want to look at Wolfie's basic need of entertainment and the bonding portion of your relationship.  The bottom line is this:
Entertainment:  It is our responsibility to provide exercise, social interaction, and mind-stimulating experiences for Wolfie.  Just sitting around for most of the day will not necessarily provide these needed activities and environments.Bonding:  This gets back to socialization.  This needs to be both with you a…