This video just came across my Facebook feed. I was in tears by the end. Please watch this, and if you have time the entire movie! Science and the top dog trainers in the world all say that aversive and abusive training is not successful and can lead to more behavior problems with your furry friends. It just doesn’t work, unless you want to be bit or have a dog that is more reactive and likely to bite you.
1. There are some things we can smell better than dogs
2. Dogs are much more likely to eat something if they smell it on the muzzle of another dog
3. Animals that live around humans vocalize more
4. Dog vision in terms of identifying people is very limited
5. Short Rapid sounds vs. Slow sounds to excite or calm dogs
6. Dogs are red and green blind. Yellow and Blue toys are the best for their vision.
7. Signs of Stress: Sniffing, looking away, stiff body and closed mouth, fight flight freeze or frantic, yawning, tongue flick, whale eye.
8. The look most people identify as ‘guilty’ on a dogs face is actually a look of appeasement (not guilt!)
9. Humans are primates and we like to pat dogs, they find this annoying.
10. Hugging a dog is considered very rude and possibly threatening by the dogs (NEVER do this to a dog you do not know very well!)
Well summer is here and that means nicer weather (hopefully!). With the nicer weather brings lots of opportunities for dog owners to take their dogs out and do fun things with them! And my mom always says, exercise is a huge help with dog separation anxiety!
Here are my top ten favorite exercises that helped my dog separation anxiety:
There is nothing like a nice long walk with my mom and dad to tire me out! I love it when my owners let me stop and sniff things and read pee-mail!
2. Play Fetch With a Ball (or keep-away in my case!)
This is my sister’s favorite game and I love it too! We really like the orange Chuck-it balls! BEST-BALLS-EVER!
3. Go for a Hike
Every summer my mom and dad take us up mountains on hikes! It’s so great to smell all of the wild animals and see the new places! I’m usually tired for days after a hike like that!
4. Go for a Swim
Swimming is probably the best thing EVER in summer! I can do it for WAY longer than other exercise because it keeps me cool!
5. Hunt for Bunnies
I like chasing bunnies, but my sister Brie LOVES to hunt them. She gets so tired from sniffing around looking for them. Sometimes I help her but sometimes I get bored and eat grass instead.
6. Practice Obedience and Tricks In a New Environment
This can be very difficult for me! I find it hard to focus when there are all kinds of new and exciting things going on around me! This can make me very tired mentally after I have to focus so much!
Nothing better than doing a little digging… of course ONLY in the places your owners allow you to! I love it when my mom buries stuff int he sand and I have to dig it out. So much fun!
Here is a video of me and my sister Brie digging!
8. Go On a Bike Ride! (a swim at the end to cool down is a bonus!)
This is the ultimate tire me out fast exercise! I like to tug on the leash and try to pull my mom and dad faster… they can’t even bike as fast as I can run!
9. Go for a Run With My Favorite Human
Running with my dad is also so much fun! I get very tired but it’s nice to have a partner to run with, and it is a little slower than biking so I can also see what is going on around me!
10. Play Outdoor Search!
This is my favorite game! Mom hides treats or a toy and I get to search for it! It is really hard outside and boy oh boy does it tire me out to use my nose that much!
Hope you are all having a great summer and this will help you be tired so you don’t have as much dog separation anxiety!
Woof! Manchego the Anxious Dog.
Ps. Don’t forget to check out our Dog Separation Anxiety Program! These are all of the things my mom did to help me get over my dog separation anxiety!
After being with my parents for a week straight driving in the car, camping and hiking my sister and I were a bit worried when we got home about being left home alone. But you know what… as soon as we were given our Kongs with Peanut butter and treats (our favorite!) we were back on track feeling calm and comfortable when left at home. It has taken a lot of work and we still get excited when our owners come home, especially our Dad because he gets equally as excited to see us! (Mom just acts calm and relaxed…but we know she’s faking it and is really jumping up and down inside!)
Here are a few times that our owners use to keep our dog separation anxiety away:
- Give us a Kong stuffed with a high-value food treat. If you don’t have a Kong, order one on Amazon.com today!
- Put Music on to keep the scary sounds from the outside masked – it especially helps if you use Through a Dog’s Ear CDs, which are scientifically proven to calm dogs. Get your copy on Amazon!
- Leave the lights on if it’s night time
- Keep us contained in our “Safe Room” where we can’t get into garbage or other dangerous item around the house. This is a room that we feel safe in.
- Don’t give us a view of the outside world, because it makes our dog separation anxiety worse if we see other dogs and people walking by the house all day
I hope you are all doing well! My mom said that she is getting close to having our dog separation anxiety program ready so be sure to sign up for our mailing list to find out when you can get your copy! (signup is in the right bar ——> )
Please leave me a comment and let me know how your dog separation anxiety is!
Manchego the Anxious Dog
Happy New Year to all! It’s Sarah here… Manchego and Brie’s owner! I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year and to share my New Years resolution with you.
My resolution this year is to follow my dogs’ example.
Every time one of them stretches I am going to stretch too. I find that my dogs stretch many times throughout the day and I think this is one of the best pieces of advice that I can take from them. So now not only do they make me smile every day and keep my healthy by getting me out of the house to walk and play, they also remind me to stretch often!
Please leave a comment below to let us know what your New Years Resolution is… esepecially if it is related to your animals!