Our February issue has been somewhat delayed by the addition of adolescent foster dog, Pluto, Foxhound X, to our household. To describe him as challenging could be an understatement! He's friendly with dogs and people but he doesn't have much in the way of household skills.
Anyway . . . onto this issue of GM News. We hope you enjoy it.
Amanda, Rodna, David, Ruth
Looking for food 'toys' to positively occupy your dogs?
Pluto has (it seems!) boundless energy that, of course, is sometimes (often!) expressed in behaviours that Pluto's humans aren't always keen on.
I love the way food 'toys' use a dog's energy in positive pursuits - puzzling out where the food is hidden or simply taking a long time to consume food by licking.
The eBook considers five main reasons for chewing:
Stress: Physical activity relieves stress.
Teething: New teeth pushing through the gums causes discomfort relieved by chewing (adult teeth may not have fully emerged until 18-24 months).
Boredom: Idle canine mouths do the devil's work :-)
High jinks: Pups and adolescent dogs have high energy levels and that energy has to be used somehow!
Habit: Unmanaged destructive behaviour during formative months (the first one to two years) may form destructive behaviour habits.
"What makes you think I'm about to chew this stool?"
Wonder why your dog twitches as she sleeps?
Ellen Gutoskey addresses the topic inmentalfloss.comarticle 'The Reason Dogs Twitch in their Sleep'
Like us, dogs dream during the REM cycle of sleep, and twitching matches what's happening in the dream. The dream-time muscle movement most often affects younger and older dogs. For more detail, and the difference between normal dream twitching and a seizure, check out the article.
Susan Garrett, Canadian Dog Trainer and Educator has a two-part video overview: Part Oneand Part Two
What's Tellington TTouch?
Tellington TTouch uses a whole range of techniques including touch, body wraps and exercises to promote calm, reduce tension and lower stress in animals. The Pet Professional Guild Australia is hosting awebinar presented by Rosalynd Taber, Thursday, February 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost is $20.00