Throughout her career, Kathy has been in many different social situations with her dogs. Whether out in public, at the vet, or on a long hike, these social interactions can pose a few problems when people want to say ‘hi’ to your dog or treat your dog in ways you wouldn’t usually.
In these situations, it’s crucial to remain a calm, confident role model, stepping in as your dog’s voice to reassure them and provide them with comfort.
In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy shares two uncomfortable situations she and her dogs have found themselves in. She dissects these interactions, what made her and her dogs uncomfortable and provides top tips for dog parents on how to best deal with these kinds of encounters.
Tune in to the episode to hear Kathy’s advice.
To revisit one of Kathy’s latest, very special episodes about Maya, head to EBD219 – Maya, The Gift that Keeps on Giving.
In this episode:
- How to comfort your dog in challenging situations
- Why showing people calmly where they stand is key
- How to be the parent and advocate your dog’s needs
“When dogs are not eager to engage like this, it’s always best to let them make the first approach on their own.”
“If you’re a dog professional and you’re advising dog parents to socialize and desensitize using outdated ideas, I hope that you reconsider.”
“It’s okay to feel social pressure and still be the advocate that your dog needs you to be anyway.”
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