“My dog is stubborn!” “My dog has an attitude.” “My dog is needy.” “My dog is acting guilty.” Have you ever used one of these phrases? Heard someone else say it? We humans tend to project our human qualities onto other species, including dogs. Dogs aren’t stubborn, mean, brats, guilty-looking, out for revenge, or needy in the sense the word is usually used. When we let go of human-like labels and treat and train our dogs like the amazing, unique species that they are, it deepens our bond with them, sets up realistic expectations, and opens the door to a much happier and cozier existence. Dog trainer extraordinaire, Kristi Benson, discusses what our dogs’ behavior actually means when we label them things like “stubborn,” and how we can set them up for success when we stop anthropomorphizing them.
A puppy is tortured and left to die on a roadside in Turkey. This is the remarkable story of her long journey to heal and to find a place called home. Where is she now? How has she adjusted to life in a completely new environment in new country in a family with babies, dogs and chickens? This is Kya’s story.
Alpha dog. Alpha roll. Pack leader. Pack hierarchy. Pack rank. Our intrepid blogger Tanya Hawkes from Wales, UK, takes on the controversial topic of Dominance Theory. Why is this outdated and harmful theory still around? Tanya discusses where it came from, how it harms our dogs and why it persists.
Zac is a rescue dog from Tunisia, now living in the UK with his adoptive mom, Sam. In part 3 of Zac’s adventures, we learn that Zac’s dislike of the freezer/garden in the cold of March, keeps him holding his bladder for up to 18 hours! In this funny but touching story of a dog born to the streets of Tunisia, his fear of everything new in his adoptive home in Kent, England, and of his blossoming personality and confidence, we see this wonderful dog evolving to his happier self. But we also see every rescue dog everywhere, doing their best to acclimate to a world of newness and uncertainty, but one filled with love and promise.
How do you know if your dog is in pain? Dr. Edward of The Healing Vet has found that more than 50% (!) of the dogs he’s assessed for pain are suffering and hardly any of their owners know it. In this blog post Dr. Edward discusses how dogs express pain with their body language, and he gives us a list of signs to look for—whether it’s acute or chronic pain. In Part 2 of Dogs in Pain, Dr. Edward will discuss treatments for pain—both conventional and holistic. Coming soon!
Do you ever pass homeless people and their dogs on the street? Have you ever wondered what their life is like – both the person’s AND the dog’s? Have you thought about the unique medical needs of dogs on the street? Ever wondered what you could do to help them? Blogger and trainer Tanya Hawkes gives us a look inside the world of homeless people and their dogs, with a particular focus on the UK, although the same challenges are faced by homeless people and dogs worldwide. Thanks to Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) London for sharing insights and stories of the homeless dogs and people they help.