"A lesson in this for everyone, please, please, remember small dogs (pups included in this) may be wee and very, very cute and the tendency to let them get away with murder is very easy, but their brains are as intelligent as any other dog and often more intelligent than a humans. Please don't turn them into total lap pups . . . they need, just like they do in the wild, to know where they are in the pecking order, but in a 'way that a canine understands' and not as a human thinks a dog should understand. All animals, should also be able to look you in the eye without being fearful of you and indeed without you being fearful of them . . . if you are having trouble with this, feel free to contact us.
We are running weekly on line clinics at the moment - so don't feel stuck, come along and get some guidelines especially if you feel your Canine buddy is controlling you - as this does not lead to a healthy relationship . . ..
With regards Children, it's very difficult for known children or unknown children not to see little dogs/puppies as continual puppies but sometimes, little dogs, no matter the age, can get fed up of being treated like a wee diddy puppy. If a child at any stage has pulled its tail or something similar to the point of pain then the animal will undoubtedly not forget and will, upon another experience of this, retaliate . . however the animal will give a warning sign which will have been given by the animal in the first place, but if an adult was not around at the time then no one is to know apart from the child, who would undoubtedly deny doing anything to the dog in the first place because they know the dog can't talk . . . .
So 3 little messages, actually 7 . . . . please please
- Think twice about taking a wee dog/pup on and make sure you are aware as to how big your pup is going to grow to.
- Make sure you ask any kennels for as much history as possible
- Make sure you see the dog with kids and other dogs etc before you take them on . . .
- On visiting Kennels, which you will undoubtedly do a few times before taking a dog on, make sure you see other staff handling the dog i.e. collar being put on, lead being put on, being asked to sit and stay - that is if it can do that, although these are two things that can easily be trained to do with your dog at a later stage. . .
- Watch for the Staff's own body language as they approach the dog within the kennels . . .
- Quite often older individuals, for companionship, feel like taking a dog on, please, please, make sure one of their siblings or neighbours go along with them just to make sure that it's right for both them and the dog.
- Above all, consider all the cons as well as the pro's for having a dog
On behalf of many misunderstood Dogs - they would all prefer to have one home or two at the most and to have to go from pillar to post just confuses them even more. If you have the smallest of issues, nip it in the bud rather than waiting till that bud has grown in to a prickly hawthorn bush! otherwise this issue is carried in their baggage for the next potential owner . . . . . . encourage or find the right person to try to resolve the issue first before sending it on to another home. Please give all animals a chance, we are happy to help you either on line or off line or at least find someone in your area, a genuinely natural animal communicator to help. . . thank you.