Today he started with caution to all dog owners regarding chicken products imported from China meant for dogs. The advice is that the product should not be fed to dogs. He goes on to share a video of how a dog pays attention and is totally synchronized with its trainer and insists that this is how to relate with a dog.
Next he shares about the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, which is an upcoming event. It recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash and lucky finalists and their human companions will be flown to Hollywood for a star studded gala and this will be broadcast nationwide.
Out of all the courageous dogs, only one will be awarded the grand price. Moving forward, he discusses about what dogs do for us and the benefits of having one. Dog owners are more physically fit than non dog owners as he suggests. That is because our dogs keep us active and busy. Pet parents tend to be extroverts or if they are not they tend towards becoming extroverts.
People with pts make for a better community and dog parents make friends worldwide. He shares about various categories of dogs as follows;
- Rescue and search dogs – they assist people in distress, locate missing people and so much more.
- Human remains detection dogs – help find bodies of people who need to be found out there.
- Sled dogs – are not for sport only but help one to get from point A to B with their supplies in certain areas as well.
- Mobility assistance dogs – have received special training to help people with disability or those with injuries. They will retrieve cell phones, cordless phones, open doors and help with a variety of tests for daily living.
- Diabetes assistance dogs – these are trained to assist people with diabetes. They can smell when the person is low on sugar and trained to alert.
- Hearing assistance dogs – are trained to walk with the deaf to help them know when is the phone ringing? Is danger coming? Someone calling out to them from behind, if the smoke alarm goes off and other tasks of this nature.
- Seizure assistance dogs – can tell if someone is about to have a seizure and they can warn them. They are trained to stay by their side and comfort them until help comes. They are also trained to fetch to fetch the emergency phone or go find someone to help.
- Therapy dogs – offer mental health/autism assistance. They are gentle companions and help a great deal. They may just sit or lie quietly by somebody to help keep them calm. They work with older people, young people with emotional difficulties and autism children. They often work much better with animals than with people and help with acute anxiety, panic disorder, general anxiety, mood disorder and many of the autism spectrum disorders.
- People with dogs live longer, dogs help keep our blood pressure down and help keep us exercised. He then discusses about dog interactions; dogs to dogs, dogs to strangers/friends and dogs to children.
- Dogs to children – in this case, it is more about teaching the child than the dog. Dogs are approached calmly, not scared. Be cal, gentle and let the dog feel the hand first. Fearful people should not be allowed to approach dogs.
- Introducing a dog to another dog – like people, they are diverse in terms of their breed, quality, their individual traits and temperaments. The owners of two dogs while approaching each other should speak a little bit while keeping a distance between the dogs. In the process, they should let each other know about their dogs as well.
Always if you can, introduce dogs on neutral ground. If someone is coming to your house with their dog who has not met your dog yet, meet them outside across the street and not in front of your house.
Let dogs sniff each other and if they are good, walk side by side with each other before going to the house. Watch their body language such as a dog showing their teeth a little bit, stiff body, nose to nose and the like.
Keep the leashes on until you are assured that the dogs have a form of connection. But do not be fearful yourself because if you are, that could trigger them. Treat it just like two children meeting.