Developing optimism involves many positive experiences, but also fair challenges (so the dog can practice successfully stretching its comfort zone, working through manageable difficulties and recovering from failure to try again).
When presented with something new or slightly unusual, does your dog respond positively, presuming it to be good (optimism), or negatively, presuming it to be a bad thing (pessimism)?
I often get asked what games should I play with my dog if they maybe lack confidence, are anxious or fearful or reactive or just need some fun injected into their lives. Well, the answer to all of those is something I call the cone game.
When we come across a situation our dog doesn’t like, there is a huge temptation to encourage interaction with that thing. It’s human nature to feel the need to FIX the problem. This is the worst thing to do!! Here are four tips to turn worry into confidence!
The Christmas Puppy. We’ve all heard it before, and most of us know someone who has actually done it. Despite the best efforts of humane societies and shelters around the world, the holiday season is still among the busiest times of the year in terms of people adding new pets to their household. And regardless Read More