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Two way communication
My article in the Powell River Peak on two-way communication is a topic close to my heart. You can read it here.
One of my favourite trainers, UK-based Chirag Patel, says "Listen to your dog's whisper so he doesn't have to shout." When our dogs "misbehave" it's usually because they are trying to meet a need. When we give them a voice, and listen to what they say, problem behaviours may disappear.
When leashed meets unleashed
There was a lot of feedback about my article in The Peak about giving leashed dogs the space they need when out for walks or hikes. You can read it here. Many people appreciated the article because they routinely run into dogs who are allowed to run up to their leashed dog or puppy, causing a reaction. It's a stressful experience for the dog on leash and for their person, and one that can be easily avoided through communication and empathy.
Puppy Power Part 2
Here's the second of my two articles in the Powell River Peak on puppy power! You can read it here.
One of the outcomes of the pandemic may be puppies who grow up less afraid of people than they might have otherwise. Because we were staying home and not coming close to each other, puppies could go on walks without being accosted by people and feeling trapped. Seeing people from a distance is a great way to socialize puppies, giving the puppy the chance to look and learn but not necessarily interact.
Sandy Middleton, Trainer