The following is from my ongoing coursework for the ISCP’s Diploma in Canine Psychology. Q: What could you do to enable a dog to trust you? A: When approaching a fearful dog for the first time, if it’s in a room or kennel and you’re on the outside, keep your body language low and slow. […]
Thank you AlyZen Moonshadow
Ardbeg (the loveliest and friendliest dog in the world) had lots of issues when I got him and it made me realise how much dogs DON’T WANT TO BITE. For him, it was a matter of life and death as his predictions of what was going to happen were based on his experience. But any dog will bite if there’s nothing else he can do.
Lily looks so sweet people laugh when she growls. I do my best to explain that if they ignore the warning signs she will stop sending them. She will simply bite. Fortunately, she’s making progress so fast it should never be an issue. But it would be so much easier if people had to be trained as well as dogs!
It’s enough to watch the dogs and listen to them, learn how to interpret the signs, respect their personal space. Respect them. They are not things or interactive toys. They feel and try to communicate their feelings, so if we refuse to listen we should accept the consequences.