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What do I mean by “Snort them out like a truffle dog”?

Focus! Ooh a Squirrel!?

 

Today’s game is ‘Catch & Move’ and is all about focus!

One of the key reasons for playing these games with our dogs is to increase their focus.

So they get used to concentrating on us rather than going “ooh a squirrel” and dashing off when we’re just about to get going because we’ve got to be at the hairdresser’s in half an hour!

Watch the video, have a watch and try it out for a bit of fun, a bit of bonding and more focus.

Remember to let me know in the comments how you get on 🙂

 

 

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What do I mean by “Snort them out like a truffle dog”?

Who Snorted them out like a truffle dog?

 

 

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Today’s game is ‘Scattering’.

Will Roscoe like it?
Will I?
Do I actually say “”Snort them out like a truffle dog”?

Answers to all these questions and more in today’s thrilling episode of Roscoe Games!

 

 

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How did 2 Destroyed Greenhouses and a Trampoline Lead to Pouncing?

How did 2 Destroyed Greenhouses and a Trampoline Lead to Pouncing?

 

pounce game demo

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 …

https://www.facebook.com/BounceandBella/videos/706724763071992/

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B3eO4_SlZyT/

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Obvious or Not?

Seven Dog Greeting Tips…

 

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How best to greet a dog?

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:

https://www.silentconversations.com/how-do-you-greet-a-dog-politely/

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Mia Loving her treats…

Mia Loving her treats…

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@bounceandbella she was actually going mad for them, she loves them 😂 I genuinely had to hide them & she kept looking – so thanks for that!

 

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How to keep dogs cool in the summer heat

How to keep dogs cool in the summer heat

keep dogs cool in the water

 

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.

There’s much more information in the article itself:
https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/how-keep-dogs-cool-summer-heat

How to keep a dog cool and prevent heatstroke

  • Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
  • On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
  • Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
  • Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open
  • Make cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favourite food inside or stuff a Kong and pop it in the freezer
  • Be particularly careful with short nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. These dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.

Once again, here’s the link to the full article…

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/how-keep-dogs-cool-summer-heat

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Obvious or Not?

Swedish scientists have shown that dogs mirror our stress levels…

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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.

Therefore – if in doubt hug it out!

Here’s the link to the full article, enjoy…

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/06/dogs-mirror-stress-levels-of-owners-researchers-find

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Dog Owners are 4x More Likely to …

Dog Owners are 4x More Likely to …

french bulldogs getting a walk

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!)

To find out more including which section of dog owners never walked their dogs visit:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/well/move/dog-owners-get-more-exercise.html

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Do Dogs Really Feel Guilty in those Photos?

Guilty Dog or Not?

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There’s always a guilty dog photo appearing on my timeline somewhere and I started wondering if dogs do actually feel guilty or are we imposing human emotions where they simply don’t exist.

Have a little look at Psychology Today’s take on it and how a dog called Marla helped explain what is really going on. It’s worth reading right to the end.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/canine-corner/201407/do-dogs-really-feel-shame-and-guilt

If you are up for a little extra info another Psychology Today article also discusses which emotions dogs do feel. There’s a great image in the article that summarises nicely.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/canine-corner/201303/which-emotions-do-dogs-actually-experience