If you’ve trained with me, you know I am a big advocate of enrichment. Providing our animals with enrichment has many benefits; prevents boredom, builds confidence, reduces problem behaviours, provides mental stimulation, and provides decompression, to name a few! I...
We’ve all been there, we are at the end of a great off leash adventure, heading back to the car and suddenly our dog won’t respond when we call them, or worse takes off back into the park when we grab the leash to collect them. If given a choice I think most of our dogs would happily adventure for another couple hours, unfortunately life gets in the way and usually we have to end a walk before our dogs are ready. This leads to frustration for our dogs but also as anyone who has experienced this will agree, frustration for us!
As humans we have many ways of communicating. We can use our words to tell someone if we like something or if we don’t like something, and hopefully a fellow human will respond accordingly to that communication.
Our dogs come with their own ways of communicating. We know when our dogs like something, they might wag their tail or jump for joy, but what about when they don’t like something?