If you reach for his favorite ball, the Fido you know and love will raise his lips and show his teeth, maybe wary of a new dog, and hate walking on a leash so much that he’s willing to chew on a lead to free himself. But hey, we all have problems, you love your canine companion more than life itself. You have fully embraced who your dog is. You trade his balls for his treats, skip the dog park, avoid street walks at all costs, and drive an extra 10 minutes to a quiet off-leash walking area. But this month, things are different. Routines are changing. Your promotion needs to be reviewed, you know that your usual 8 hour day at the office will soon become 10 hours a day, you don’t have time for long cordless walks, and Fido feels alone. So, you do the responsible thing, you hire a dog walker. You have a meet and greet, check all the boxes, explain Fido’s concerns about the dog park, off-leash walks, and giving up his ball, and schedule Fido’s first walk of the week starting today.
Seven days have passed, and before you know it, an important day is here. Minutes pass by as you anxiously wait for a text from the dog walker. Your fingers and toes are crossed, you’ve knocked on every surface of wood you’ve seen today, and when you look at the sky and whisper “please oh please, please don’t when the dog walker reaches for your ball Bite her. Lord have mercy and bless my dog’s strength to wag his tail and keep walking when he meets another puppy. God, if you’re on it, I swear on my life, and I’ll moderate if you’re willing My road rage, please don’t let Fido bite his belt.” *Bzzzzzz* Your phone vibrates. It’s the dog walker…”Hey Mr. Smith! Just wanted to let you know that Fido and I had a great time walking. We started a quick jog on a leash to the beach where we played with his ball and met a new group of puppies Friend! He even shared his ball and swam with a Labrador we met. At the end of the beach session, I re-tangled his leash and we dried on the way home. He both Stuffed in and out!”
“What? Am I right?” You take off your glasses, rub your eyes, and re-read the text. “Could it be that the dog walkers got mixed up and took the neighbor’s dog out for a walk instead?” “So you’re actually telling me Fido played With another dog? “Your emotions go wild as you try to make sense of what just happened. “What kind of upside-down world have I been transported to?” ” “That can’t be true.” “Wait…this…does this mean my dog is more of a dog walker than me?” ! ? ! ? “That’s it. Big problem. The one you keep turning but can’t put your finger on…”My dog hatred I? ”
Release your fingers and toes, take a deep breath, and don’t sell your soul. Get this: Our dogs have an uncanny ability to sense emotions and energy. While we may not be able to understand why our dogs behave one way to us and completely different ways to different people, there is actually a logical reason for it all. No, the reason is not that your dog is more of a dog walker than you 🙂 Dog’s increased ability to hear, smell and perceive vibrations means that even if you think you hide your emotions from your pup, they can act as a book Read you like an open book. You may not know that you are communicating your feelings about a situation to your dog, but you are. Your dog doesn’t even need to look at you to feel your energy, they can feel it through the leash.
Next time you go out for a walk with Fido on a leash or see another dog walking towards you on the beach, take a deep breath, think happy, cheerful, calming thoughts, and control your emotions before you control your dog. If possible, go for a walk with your dog walker and observe how they behave around your dog during the walk. Learn from the body language, tone, and overall energy of the person your dog performs best around.
Many times we are influenced by past experiences, and if you witnessed a dog fight as a child, or had an unpleasant dog-to-dog encounter in the past, your stress could set your dog down for a failure. If you’re nervous about walking your dog in public, try walking with friends and chatting along the way. Losing yourself in a conversation is a great way to manage your emotions naturally. Ignoring your dog and distracting yourself from potentially stressful situations will help your dog build confidence and stop looking to you for emotional guidance. Remember, if your dog really doesn’t like other dogs or has serious resource conservation issues, don’t let your dog or yourself get hurt. Learn with a trainer how to swap negative reinforcement for positive reinforcement, take baby steps to control your emotions, and celebrate the little things.
Don’t be offended when your dog behaves well to people other than yourself, but get excited that your dog may not be set up the old way and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Turn to your dog, pat them, look them in the eyes and say, “Hey, Fido, it’s not you. It’s me.”