Pet Holiday Zen Tip #6

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PREP FOR THE NEW DOG IN TOWN

Occasionally, family may bring along their own dog while they are staying with you. Depending upon your dog’s history of comfort with other dogs, you will need to carefully consider and monitor his ability to tolerate their presence in “his territory” especially during this time of otherwise high stress. Pay attention to his cues of stress. Some dogs will do great and genuinely enjoy the presence of a playmate while others not so much. If you sense your dog is becoming overly stressed by the presence of another dog, make necessary adjustments by using baby gates or allowing him some Zen time in his private space. (For more information on signs of stress, http://tinyurl.com/zraps6j.)

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Pet Holiday Zen Tip #3

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TECHNIQUES THAT PROMOTE RELAXATION

Time is of the essence with the holidays upon us, but there are many training techniques that I have taught my students over the years that help dogs use their own body to calm themselves. They are called biofeedback techniques, which include training the dog to use his own breath to calm himself as well as many other strategies that I have extensively covered in my book Control on Leash. I also wrote a blog on teaching impulse control through creating wave-like pattern exercises (click here for details, http://tinyurl.com/h4s6347). The goal, of course, is to train your dog to learn to be able to find his own Zen when he is under stress.

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