I always like it whenever science backs up something that I’ve known for years, and that was why I was very excited this week to start up a new project with the audiobook company Audible.
After a study with a hundred dogs, the findings suggest that leaving a virtual companion behind can help dogs remain calm and prevent separation anxiety.
I’ve always known the power of the human voice as a calming influence, especially on our dogs — but that’s because, even as a little kid in Mexico in the 1970s, I had audiobooks around.
Of course, those audiobooks didn’t come through a fancy device connected to the Internet. No — before I knew how to read, my audiobook was my mom. And while my... Read More
Before your dog can learn to respect you, she has to learn to trust you. To earn a dog’s trust, you have to be a confident Pack Leader and provide protection and direction — sufficient exercise, and consistent rules, all with calm-assertive energy.
But before you can provide any of that to your dog there’s one other place where you need to earn trust.
That place is in yourself, and it’s true not just for dealing with your dog but dealing with life in general. If you can’t trust yourself, then no one and nothing can trust you. And yet, a lot of the time, we tend to send ourselves messages of mistrust.
How often have you had some new task to do or a new thing to try and thought to yourself... Read More