When training your dog at home and do you know how long the training sessions should be. Sometimes when clients are doing their homework they may get frustrated if the dog doesn’t pick up…
When working with animals, the energy that is brought in to the situation is one of the most important tools any person can understand and utilize. In my career in working with animals, from pet sitting & dog walking to animal reiki to now dog training and fostering and owning my own dogs, paying attention to your energy is valuable and essential. Animals are extremely intuitive on energy and human movements. They watch everything. How you act or react will determine which the situation goes.
I have come to realize the working with animals is my soul's purpose or my gift as a healer with animals. Everyone calls it something different. Using my hands and energy as a healer is my gift. Does this mean when I walk into a home the dog or cat is done with their issue? ABSOLUTELY NOT. This means that I have learned how to walk into a home, an animal has a positive reaction most of the time. Sometimes it takes more depending on their issue and with patience, love, compassion, calm energy and things can be accomplished together.
When I go into a home or even a visit with animal, my energy is calm. Not intentionally, it just is. I think that we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and in such a rush that we are going full speed ahead that our energy with our animals is in a different place. We don't do it intentionally, I have been guilty of this we all are but it is how you carry this energy. If you are walking your dog and you see another dog and you unconsciously put tension on that leash. Your dog will pick up on that. Or if you getting ready for people to come over and you know your dog is a jumper or barker and you were calm but in waiting for your guests your energy changes to uptight and stressed out just waiting for that shoe to drop.
Sometimes all it takes is slowing down, being more conscious of our energy when we are training them to make sure everything goes smoother.
Playtime between humans and dogs happens everyday, all the time. It is not an uncommon occurrence and great for the bond between dog and pet parent. It is great for mental stimulation, bite inhibition and exercise for both owner and dog. Benefits can go on. Dog play with humans is not a problem but it is more a discussion of what kind of dog play, monitoring and controlling the situation that has run into problems.
For example, lets discuss rough housing between a human and dog. While both love it, the problems that it can lead to such as biting or temper and why children tend to get bit more. What some owners don't realize is that dogs as a species communicate when other dogs on a discipline size by biting the muzzle. So if they are rough housing with a child and the child gets a little to rough with the dog and the dog doesn't like, the dog is more apt to bite the child in the face as disciplinary action. Not because they are vicious animals and hate children but that is the way that they communicate with their own species. Rough housing is a longer discussion but this is just an example on the differences and misunderstandings that some people don't remember or don't even know.
Another discussion that has come up is that the game Tug of War (tug that will it will be referred to) increases agressiveness in the dog. If Tug is played correctly, with rules, it will help to burn the predatory energy and exercise for both the dog and owner. Rules are the most key part of playing Tug as this establishes control on your end over the dog. With the rules you are teaching your dog to control their jaw, obedience by making it fun for both, mental stimulation, energy burner so that it prevents boredom.
Brief synopsis of Tug Rules:
If you would like more specifics on the rules for tug and hot to implement them in a successful manner please feel free to contact me!
*Tug rules courtesy of The San Francisco SPCA Behavior and Training Department.