Paws & Reflect
The Six Relationship Building Principles:
Ask questions. Try to understand life from your canine’s perspective. This will allow for more empathy in the relationship.
If your dog is barking and lunging or growling and cowering they are having a hard time and they need your support not your feelings of shame, embarrassment, or punishment.
Our dogs are in a foreign country trying desperately to understand what we need and want from them. It's up to us to learn their language so we can have a dialogue instead of a one-way conversation.
Determine what you need from this relationship. Determine what your dog needs from this relationship. And make sure to balance and respect both parties desires.
As Dr. Susan Friedman would say if you’re going to make a withdrawal from the relationship trust account, make sure to deposit many more positive experiences to maintain a healthy balance.
My favorite thing about positive reinforcement training is that this practice trains your eye to notice and reward the good choices your dog is making. A skill we can use on ourselves and our loved ones.