The following is a guest post by Susan Oshie, owner of Paws 4 Training in Seattle, Wash. Susan has a passion for promoting the health and well being of animals and helps them become well-trained pets that their owners are proud to live with. Sign up for her classes at Paws4training.com.
THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS DOG OWNERS CAN DO
- Spay or Neuter Your Dog – Neutered pets are calmer, healthier and less likely to be aggressive. Neutering prevents unwanted dogs that may end up in shelters or in less than ideal conditions where they may grow up to be poorly socialized or aggressive.
- Condition Your Dog for the World – Give your puppy lots of new positive experiences. Train using positive methods.
- Supervise Your Dog – Supervise your dog at all times around children. Do not allow children to hug and kiss the dog. If visiting children are bothering your dog, put the dog away or send the children home.
COMMON DOG STRESS SIGNALS
If your dog is displaying the signals below he is letting you know that he is tolerating the situation and not enjoying it. These signals can be alone or combined with others. Remember to always see what is going on around your dog and take action to improve the situation. By paying attention to our dog’s signals, we can help them feel more secure.
A dog that is anxious will quickly stick out its tongue and lick its lip.
A dog that gives out a yawn when they are not tired is showing they are uncomfortable. Perhaps he is crowded by a group of kids or adults and is looking for you to help him out by giving you this sign.
Full body shake off as if the dog were wet is compared to a re-boot or reset button and often happens after a stressful situation.
Half Moon Eye
The white arc of the eye that shows when a dog is stressed and trying to hold it in. Relaxed and calm dogs typically do not show the whites of their eyes.
When a dog turns away from you or a situation they are trying to avoid the situation and direct eye contact. Please do not force the dog into an uncomfortable situation.
This dog is really trying to avoid the child and giving a clear sign that he does not want to be bothered. Where is the adult please help me out here?