Behavior


Building Confidence in Dogs

Amy Cuddy, a TED speaker, talks about how our body language shapes who we are. She says that if we spend just 2 minutes each day in a high-power pose: think wonder woman (hands on hips, shoulders back, chin up) or hands behind head, elbows out, body expanded – we can alter how we act and feel throughout the day. By taking on these power poses we actually increase testosterone (what we need to do to feel powerful and assertive) and lower our cortisol level’s (which improves our reactions to stress, making us more relaxed).* We also know that if we hold a nervous or shy dog’s tail up in the air we can alter their emotions. I believe it’s TellingtonTouch which showed that if we wrapped a dogs tail up and over their back, we could help instill confidence. So I wonder if we can combine the two together? […]

Confident JoJo

Dogs who Hoard

Dogs who Hoard

Have you seen one?? A dog who takes all the toys for themselves, perhaps storing them in a crate, on a bed or in a closet? Typically no one else is allowed to play with them and in some cases, looking at them is even reacted to. I believe these dogs hoard for the same reason our WWII grandparents did, because they went without and know how valuable things can be. It doesn’t matter if they’ve slept on or destroyed the valuable object, they defend and protect it just like my grandmother defended the unidentifiable food inside the rows of jars in her pantry. Going without leaves deep scars, scars that manifest in different behaviors. In some cases these dogs went without love, companionship or acknowledgement in other cases they went without food, water or shelter. And just like the people we know who now function in spite of what […]