Monday, April 7, 2014

Pet News 7: Pet Teachings

Having a pet teaches you a lot of things about yourself and the world.

My dog is very energetic. If I didn’t read his behavior, I wouldn’t know when to prevent his misbehavior.
Once my dog was able to take walks, I realized something had to change with our routine. We had just returned from a walk and my dog still was “wound up.” He began smelling the boxes around the patio and he pulled on one of the blankets hanging out from one of them. I quickly said, “Leave it” and said, "Here" when I gave him a chewable toy from his toy box. However, he didn’t want me to just hand him the toy, he wanted to play with me. I didn’t realize this at the time, so I left. He soon was back at pulling the blanket.

I shortly learned that whining and fussing over this wasn’t helping the situation, so one day after a walk, I handed him the chewable toy right away. I had him fetch it a couple of times and later directed him to lie down and chew the toy. At this time, I was able to say, “Good boy,” and dismiss myself while he was distracted.

This taught me to be vigilant as to the needs of my pet. I knew then that he was reading my behavior as well! I was not being a very understanding “parent” and he was trying to get my attention. He didn’t want to destroy the blanket or chew up the box lid. He wanted me to help him calm down.
Now, I make sure to help him release some of the extra energy he carried back after a walk. This way, we both got some peace.


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