In Part 1 of of this popular series, Australian dog trainer Sylvie Martin made the case for giving our dogs more freedom—for a happier, healthier and more harmonious life. In this second installment, Sylvie provides practical suggestions on how to give our dogs more freedom—freedom from coercion and fear. How much control do we really need over our dogs? And how can we provide them freedom from fear? Why is that so important? Read Part 2 and find out!
Our newest blogger, Tanya Hawkes, from Machynlleth, Wales, UK, examines the human tendency to project ourselves onto dogs when interpreting their behaviors, and how this anthropomorphizing is a reflection of the human observer’s worldview at any given time in history. For instance, whereas dogs urinating in the same spot was once viewed as their colonial flag—a mark to claim their territory—more recent research finds that urination is a much more social affair, perhaps like a dog version of Facebook or Tinder! Tanya’s insights into our limitations of comprehending dog behavior are thought-provoking; she helps us to understand that we can improve our dogs’ lives by trying to better understand ‘dog being.’anthropomorphism, dog behavior, Dog body language
Have you ever considered how your dog’s happiness, health and behavior might be integrally connected to her degree of freedom? And how respecting a dog’s culture and identity may reduce stress and anxiety and allow your dog a greater sense of freedom and happiness? Australian dog trainer and behavior consultant, Sylvie Martin, lays out the case for more emotional, social and physical freedom for dogs, and gives us a glimpse at the current state of dogs’ freedom Down Under.Dog body language, Dog freedom, Dogs in Australia, Force-free training, human-dog bond
Dog Trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, follows up her last post on how she learned everything she needs to know about dog training from a hornet. In this post, Kristi describes how she helped her fearful dog Datson, overcome his fear of hornets. Great example of how to help a dog overcome his aversive-induced fear!