How did 2 Destroyed Greenhouses and a Trampoline Lead to Pouncing?
Right then… this is the first of our videos in which I’ll be testing out some games to play with our lovely dogs and seeing how effective they are for health, focus, relationship and just good-old plain fun.
I do discover an addition to that testing list which will become more and more obvious as you watch through the video.
The route through to this point was completely unpredictable and involved 2 destroyed greenhouses, a trampoline and something called Emma.
Click on the facebook or instagram link below to watch the video where I’ll explain all …
Just found a great article on how to approach dogs you’ve never met before. I’ve picked out 7 solid tips for meeting and greeting for the first time but have a look at the article for more good info about dog body language.
1. Ask the dog’s guardian if you can pet the dog, if they like contact and if so what kind.
2. Let the dog approach you. Give them the choice.
3. Make sure they can move away if they want – don’t restrict their movement and give them a route away.
4. A rude or threatening approach is made from the front. One shoulder facing the dog in a side-on approach is the polite way to greet.
5. Avoid direct eye contact – use your periphal verison with a turned away head (if you use tip 4 you should be side on anyway).
6. Any eye contact that is given should be short glances with soft and slow blinking eyes.
7. Allow them to walk away if they just want to sniff you and wander off.
Here’s the article – chock full of interesting stuff:
The Blue Cross have a great article on the danger of heatstroke in dogs, the signs and what to do. They also provide advice within the article on summer exercise, water intoxication and sunburn in pale coloured dogs.
Facebook is full of repeated hot temperature and dog warnings but we don’t all use Facebook and some messages are mixed so I’ve copied a key section from an article you can trust here.
Swedish scientists have shown that dogs mirror our stress levels…
Swedish scientists have shown that dogs mirror our stress levels.
They measured the level of the stress hormone cortisol in hair and the link between dogs and humans held throughout the year.
It was also mirrored in whatever circumstances dog and owner lived eg hours the owner worked, other dogs in the household, garden or not.
Dogs who most closely mirrored their owners were those who regularly trained or competed in agility or obedience competitions. This was believed to be because the dogs had formed a closer bond with their owners.
However, one thing that did have an effect on dog’s stress levels was their owner’s personalities – with the largest factor being neuroticism.
This didn’t quite play out how I expected…
The more neurotic the owner (as assessed by a survey) the lower the levels of the dog’s stress – shown by the cortisol in the hair.
Lina Roth who led the study suggested this was likely because those owners were more likely to comfort themselves with hugs and attention for their dogs thereby soothing and de-stressing their dogs.
As dog owners we are about 4x more likely than people without a dog to get enough physical exercise each week.
4x more likely!!!
The study of a neighborhood near Liverpool included almost 700 participants and about a third of them owned a dog. They were given activity monitors and completed questionanaires on their movements each week.
In general most dog owners spent close to 300 minutes each week walking with their dogs while those without dogs only walked 100 minutes each week.
So we walk 3x more than non-dog owners and as such are 4x more likely to get enough exercise every week.
Not bad at all – pat on the back time for us – pat on the head time for our dogs (and maybe a quick treat and a belly rub!)