Do You Know What Your Dog is Telling You?

Dog and Body Language: How to Know…

If you live with a dog, you have probably noticed that they express themselves using body language. However, do you know what all the different body postures mean?  Most people can recognize the happy, relaxed and friendly dog with his relaxed facial features and loose body or the playful dog that bows to invite someone to play with him. Unfortunately, a majority of people do not understand when their dog is anxious or fearful.  Sadly, these fearful dogs often get mislabeled as “aggressive”, “stubborn” or “dominate” and the resulting training these mislabeled dogs receive can often do more harm than … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Playing With Your Dog Is So Important!

Playing With Your Dog and Enjoy the Benefits

Do you play with your dogs? I ask my clients this question quite frequently. Sadly, the reply is rarely as satisfactory as I hope: “We leave him with lots of toys to play with!,” or “Oh we let him out in the yard to run around!,” and “Well, he plays with our other dog all the time!” In all of these scenarios, the owner is hardly involved and the dog is left to create his own entertainment. What I mean by play, however, is purposeful, structured play wherein you and your dog are engaged in a mutual activity that requires exertion from … Continue reading