"Do It Or Else!" Forced Confidence Building?
By; Jenny Falvey, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, VSPDT, Fear Free Certified Trainer
We should be asking, what are we doing to our dogs? They are looking for guidance and security. If they truly lack confidence, they need our help. If they lack confidence, they are reluctant to make decisions. And to that we place a collar on them that sends electrical voltage thru their body to say “do this exercise or feel pain!” Logically, how does that build confidence?
Growling– What is Your Dog Trying to Tell You?
By: Jenny Falvey, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, BSPDT, Fear Free Certitfied Trainer
Dogs are highly communicative and growling is part of their vocabulary. Growling is used as a warning but also used in playful interactions. When growling is accompanied by loose and relaxed body postures in play, growling is simply another play gesture. However, when growling accompanies a stiff, rigid body, stiff tail, hard stare or glassy stare, then it’s not done in play, it’s done as a warning.