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having lived through upheaval and sometimes not managing it with grace. The struggles of assisting an elderly parent with complicated life changes,thinking she would live forever. Seeing my boys off to university/Grad school-keeping in touch with them,missing them. After fostering 5 pups I now have the "dog-of-my-heart". Coming to terms with my life living with pain. Planning now to enjoy little pleasures day to day.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
The dog, & best (dog) article ever.
Enclosed is a link to an article that I have read several times in the last few years.
The first paragraph will catch your attention,the article as a whole will have you saying
*a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension
I encourage handlers to be quite active in protecting their dog - whether that means quietly walking away to a safer area, or, when that's not possible, literally stepping in physically to present the first line of defense. Stepping in between two dogs is a classic act of leadership. Dogs do it with other dogs all the time, so this same gesture coming from a human leader is understood and appreciated.
In close quarters where there really aren't any options for moving away, shield your dog with your own body.
(Remember, stepping between dogs is an act of protective leadership.)
What this means for me:
I will now feel more confident and less apologetic when I request that the person with the little screaming dog to please "go away". They tug and pull back on their dog's leash in fear? even though my pup is in a nice "sit" and focusing on me.
I did not walk up to you. You approached me. I was ignoring you and your hyper-active critter for a good reason. I am teaching my dog to look to me for guidance. You, on the other hand are frantically running after your dog as he pulls you into chaos.
It was better yesterday when pup and I met a Great Dane. That dog's handler and I were on the same wave length in micro-seconds. We had our dogs in a nice sit, focusing on us,ignoring each other and absolutely no hyper activity at all. A gentle nose to nose touch was allowed when they were not excited.
However the dog hating Cockatiel screaming and fluffing his feathers in the background was quite interesting. We ALL ignored that particular bedlam!
Good dogs. sorry can't change my font sizes now- so this will have to do. 'night (guess I was pretty impressed with the Great Dane,mentioned twice in 2 days)