There are many reasons why people are bringing their dogs to more “human” events – it can be really fun to have your dog with you, for one! However, it’s important to learn how to read your dog’s subtle signs so that you aren’t unknowingly putting them in a situation that stresses them out.
When I went to pick a puppy that February morning in 2006, there were A LOT of puppies running about going absolutely nuts. It was a large litter. Bea was the only black puppy and was sitting off to the side, sizing things up calmly. I knew immediately that he was the puppy for me.
It has been an adjustment to life without my Bea, but I know he is off to his next assignment and it is not a goodbye. Rather, I think of it more so as “until we meet again”.
We control so many aspects of our dog’s lives from when they relieve themselves to when they eat. I suggest we make it a priority to give our dogs more choices in their daily lives when it is safe to do so. The results of giving a dog virtually no choices can range from frustration, loss of trust, boredom, shutdown, aggression or other behaviors that are not healthy or desirable.