From a dog’s point of view, a human’s “job” is to provide endless personal services to the canine members of the household. We seem to think we have them trained, but with a dog in the house you quickly realize they are in charge and we are just the servants who love and care for them. Their needs are our commands. If we do not do our various jobs properly, they will let us know. No complaints from us are allowed. We live to serve our dogs and do it with a smile.
Humans have two hands with ten fingers. That means we have multiple digits created just for scratching a favorite spot behind a dog’s ears, or a good spot on their back or stomach. A full massage is always nice too. If those hands are occupied with some mundane unnecessary task, we must immediately set that aside and perform our assigned duty of petty and scratching. The exception is if our hands are busy getting them their CANIDAE meals or treats. Then the lack of required petting and scratching is temporarily forgiven. They consider themselves reasonable bosses, after all.
It may seem like a dog’s wagging tail is conveying something very simple, such as happiness. However, the language that tail is communicating and the way the dog is using his tail, may be telling you more than you realize. Tail wagging is another way your dog communicates with you; he uses this particular type of body language to convey specific feelings which mean much more than just “I am happy.”
A wagging tail has many meanings, ranging from happiness and excitement to fear, nervousness, a friendly greeting, or simply an acknowledgement that the dog knows you or accepts you. The position of a dog’s tail – when they are wagging it or it is stationary, or if they are reacting to something such as praise or verbal scolding – gives you information on what they are feeling and communicating.
High vs. Low
The position of a dog’s tail can carry meaning with it as much as the actual motion does. A high wag is exuberant and excited in some way. A low wag may be a more subdued and unsure way your dog shows pleasure, or even pain. A wag in the middle is more relaxed. Think about a dog who has done something naughty or is fearful and tucks their tail between their back legs. This is a submissive or fearful gesture. It can also mean your dog is not feeling well.
Wagging tails are held in different positions for different reasons. For example, a wagging tail held high may be a sign of anger or aggression. Conversely, a low held wagging tail is a much more submissive gesture.
Even if your dog is very well trained, an outing to a crowded public gathering such as a flea market, outdoor concert or art festival can be a challenge with so many distractions and temptations. You can help make the event more fun and less stressful if you go prepared. First, you’ll need to make sure dogs are allowed where you are going, because you can’t leave your dog in the car if they aren’t permitted to join you at the event. Here are some tips for a successful outing with your four legged friend.
Food and Treats
Feed your dog before the outing, particularly if there will be food served there. Your dog will be less likely to beg for food or bother people who have it if they are already full. Even a very well trained dog gets tempted sometimes when there are so many intriguing smells and so many people with food milling around.
Bring along some CANIDAE dog biscuits in case you need to encourage good behavior while you are out and about. If you keep some handy, you can reinforce any social training you may be doing with your dog as well.
Many public places or gatherings require that all dogs be on a leash. It is too easy for your dog to dart off to an interesting distraction if they are off leash. Chances are there will be plenty of other dogs present as well, and not all dogs get along.
People who rescue dogs and cats deserve a thank you for what they do. A rescue animal may come with scars and behavior that takes patience, love, kindness and warmth to work through, or it may be fine and simply needs help finding a forever home. The individuals and groups who offer the love and dedication necessary to help these pets get treatment or healing and help them find a new forever home, are a very special breed of human being. To deal with the issues some rescue animals have takes strength and courage as well as understanding, persistence and dedication.
Whatever the reason a dog or cat is in need of rescue, the people and organizations who help rehome them deserve praise that is often left unspoken. We as humans are the guardians of these beautiful, loyal and loving creatures. Animal rescuers take that a step further and practice the best of human kindness to fight for those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.
This poem about rescue pets was written from the animal’s point of view.
It takes a certain kind of heart to rescue dogs, and Diane Perrigo is all about that kind of heart. Living between two countries, Diane and her husband Alan have spread the care across the border as well, spending time in both California and Baja, Mexico.
Diane remembers having dogs as part of her family when she was growing up, including a St. Bernard and Dachshunds that were pheasant hunting dogs of her fathers, but the importance of rescuing dogs in need did not hit home until about 20 years ago.
Her basic philosophy behind her dog rescue efforts is, “If I can help get a dog in need to a good home, I want to.” Her time and efforts include offering temporary foster care, transportation for dogs on their way to a new forever home, and helping to find a home for dogs in need. “I want to prevent the unnecessary killing of so many unwanted, abused or neglected dogs,” she told me. She believes that somewhere there is a home for each of these dogs, and she wants to help find them that home. Over the years, Diane has helped rehome dozens of dogs.
(CANIDAE loves rescue pets! They are running a “rescue” themed photo contest this month, and three lucky pet owners will each win a six month supply of premium quality CANIDAE food for their dog or cat. The details are at the end of this article.)
It is a wonderful idea to adopt a dog or cat in need of rescue. Every animal deserves a chance at a good life with a loving family. For a dog or cat lover, it’s a natural thing to want to give a home to an animal in need. Realistically though, it’s a good idea to look for one that is well suited to your life and living situation, and not just adopt because the animal is cute and in need. The relationship is for a lifetime, so it’s important to determine if a particular dog or cat is the right fit for you. Here are some things to consider.
The Pet’s History
No matter the age of the dog or cat, you are adopting an animal with a history of some kind. In the case of homeless, deserted or abused animals, they may arrive with behaviors that take some adjusting and retraining. Because of their past treatment, a rescue animal may have issues that require a special kind of patience to help overcome.
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