Many people adopt another dog and open the door to their house and expect the new dog and their own dog to get along straight away. You have to take time. I say at least 7-10 days before the dogs are together off leash in the house. Sometimes longer. When I bought home Snickers home from the shelter. She was dog no 6 coming into my house. She stayed in the guest room and only went on a walk with another dog when my husband and I could take one dog each. This way they were not close together. We also would walk each dog with Snickers in the backyard on leashes. They would sniff under the guest room door and get each others scent. I would let the other dogs in her room when she was out and I would allow her to roam the house when the other dogs were out. They would sniff through the pool screen. On day 10, I knew it was time to let her in the pack. Remember also that these are 6 female dogs and females can be more difficult to live together.
Snickers loving the laundry basket !!
The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up.
Many years ago we were told that we looked like our dogs. As I had an Airedale Terrier and a perm, that seemed true. Since those days I have had training with the author of the book Your Dog Is Your Mirror. It was amazing to hear how he had come to this conclusion. More so, that he quoted, " Dogs come into our lives to heal us of what we are not willing to heal ourselves of".
Being a life coach first and then a dog trainer, I had seen reflections of behavior from the dog, with the issues the owner was dealing with and had not realised that this was going to be a more common factor in my training. Only the other day, in class a new client and dog. After observations of the dog being anxious the closer to the class they were, I addressed this issue with the owner and found out she is anxious to. Will we give up our issues that burden our lives everyday, not only for ourselves but to release our dogs of carrying them to?
Did you know that 77% of children between the ages of 5-10 recive a dog bite? By the dog they live with or a dog they are familiar with. Why does this happen. Well, there is a lack of education in teaching children and adults, how to read dog body language. As a dog trainer have been in a few homes where I know there is a dog bite waiting to happen, thanks goodness I was there to show how to prevent this happening. I personally would like to see this education as part of school curriculums. Meanwhile, My Puppy Box which I designed, gives both the children and the adults education on how to care for a dog and also how to read the body language of dogs. For more information, visit www.mypuppybox.com