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Workshops are from 1:30 - 3:30pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Only demo and service dogs are allowed. You can see all of our workshops and register at http://yourdogsfriend.org/free-workshops/

THIS Sat, June 15Conflict! When Your Dog Isn't Your Neighbor's Best Friend

Conflict can arise over poop on the grass, a barking dog, unwanted jumping on strangers, a dog bite, a jogger being nipped, a loose dog in the neighborhood, etc, etc. Many people become annoyed, and it’s hard to know how to respond. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how best to resolve these conflicts.
Speakers: Vivian Leven, CBCC-KA and Jackie Maffucci, CPDT-KSA (www.PositiveDogSolutions.com)

Advice for Adopters - guidance for adopters, potential adopters, and fosters
June 23, July 14, Aug 18

June 22: "What are YOU doing here?" - helping your dog cope with visitors

July 13:  Surviving the Teenage Years - hot to turn your crazy adolescent into a superstar

July 27:  Dog Training Essentials: loose-leash walking and coming when called

Aug 17:  That's a ... CHICKEN!
 
Piper's Walk 
a charity dog walk to raise awareness of canine travel safety
Funds raised will go to the Center for Pet Safety for vehicle safety restraint testing.          
Saturday, June 22; 8:30 - 11:30am     
Fair Hill Shopping Center - 18101 Town Center Drive, Olney, MD

     walk one of Piper's favorite routes - activities for children and dogs -
    products available to keep your dog safe in the car - pet related vendors -
                        silent auction - music and food     
             
Learn more and register at www.PipersWalk.org


Two New Videos:

"On the Go: Bringing Your Dog Out & About Around Distractions"
, presented by Dog Latin senior trainer, Juliana Willems, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
"Learn to Speak Dog: how to understand and communicate effectively with your dog", presented by Jessey Scheip, KPA CTP, trainer at veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike's Animal Behavior Wellness Center

 Our Maddie's Fund® grant has enabled us to videotape our last two   workshops. You can see them all at https://yourdogsfriend.org/videos/

Our other four Maddie's Fund® videos include:

Help, My Dog is Reactive! with veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB, CPDT-KA of Behavior Solutions for Pets 

PTSD in Pets with veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB of Animal Behavior Wellness Center 

Helping Your Fearful Dog Navigate the World with Dog Latin dog trainer, Juliana Willems, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA 

Fun, Enriching Activities for Your Dog with Eager Beagle trainer, Karen Baragona, CPDT-KA 

There's a lot of great information, and it's FREE!  #ThanksToMaddie 
 

Is Your Dog's Play Too Rough?
by Nicole Wilde -
canine behavior specialist & author
Wilde About Dogs
Posted Oct 9, 2018

As some of you might know, in each issue of Modern Dog Magazine I write either an article or an answer to a behavioral question a reader has sent in. The most recent query came from a woman who was concerned that her dog became over-excited and played too roughly with other dogs at the park. She wanted to know how she could get him to play more nicely. After responding that I’m not a fan of dog parks but that I did respect her concern for other people and their dogs, I wrote what follows. I’m reprinting it in my blog because I thought it might be of interest to some of you. I’d also suggest checking out the magazine, as it’s excellent! By the way, please note that play between dog friends and those who live together may be rougher without being problematic, as they understand each other’s signals and body language well and know how far they can go. This article deals with watching your dog play with unfamiliar or casual acquaintance dogs.

Dogs have different play styles depending on their breed, age, and other factors, but still, they generally understand each other’s body language. The first step in getting your dog to play nicely with others is for you to become very familiar with canine body language so that you can notice when tensions are first starting to build. When I was filming at my local dog park for my DVD Dissecting the Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play, I was able, by editing hundreds of hours of footage of dogs interacting, to break things down into body language and signals that play was becoming too rough or overwhelming. Allow me to share some of these elements.

When dogs are romping happily together, their bodies are like limp noodles. Tails may wag in loose arcs, and mouths may hang open. When a dog becomes tense, his body stiffens. In play, although the tail is wagging, it may be held high and be moving stiffly from side to side (this can indicate confidence or dominance), be lowered and moving quickly back and forth within a small radius (possible nervousness or anxiety), or even be tucked between the dog’s legs (usually fear). When a dog’s body goes stiff and that “happy mouth” closes—he may be staring at another dog or taking offense to something a dog is doing as this happens—this is called a “freeze.” Momentary though it maybe, this important mini-pause gives a dog time to assess the situation before him. Does he need to run away? Should he fight? Or is everything okay, and everyone can go back to what they were doing? Depending on the potential threat, the dog will make his decision. Watch for freezes in your dog and others, along with the other body language mentioned. There is much, much more to watch for, but these will get you started.

As far as the play itself, one thing to be wary of is speed and intensity. It is a lot easier for play to boil over into aggression when things are becoming fast and furious. Are the dogs racing around the park? There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but monitor them to ensure that all the adrenaline-fueled excitement doesn’t turn into aggression. The more dogs that are involved, the more potential danger. Also, the more vertical the play gets, especially where dogs are standing on their hind legs and mouth wrestling, the more potential for danger. And, watch for actions dogs may take offense to. A few to watch for are humping, hip bumping or slamming, and placing a head over another dog’s neck or shoulder area.

If you notice that your dog is becoming overexcited or playing too roughly, or that other owners are becoming concerned, create an enforced break in the action by calling your dog to you. If he does not have a solid recall to the point that he will come to you even when playing with another dog, that’s okay; this is a very high-distraction scenario! Practice at home first, then work outdoors, gradually adding distractions as your dog is successful. Don’t forget to reward him every time! You can also practice recalls when the dog park is empty so that your dog will become accustomed to coming when called there (just don’t use food if other dogs are in the park). If you do create an enforced play break, it needn’t be long, just long enough for your dog and others to calm down. If things have escalated to the point where it looks as though there may be an actual fight, call your dog to you or, if he doesn’t yet have a solid recall, calmly walk over and take hold of him. Then leash him and leave the park. Careful monitoring and listening to your instincts will go a long way in allowing everyone to have fun while staying safe.

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Highlighted Classes

Confidence Building: Thurs, Jun 13 - Aug 1 (no class on Jun 20, Jul 4, or Jul 18) @ 5:35 - 6:35pm
This class is good for puppies, budding therapy dogs, and timid dogs that need a little help learning that the world isn’t such a scary place.
Note: This class is not for reactive dogs or extremely fearful dogs.


Adolescent Dog Class: Tues, Jun 25 - Jul 30 @ 5:45 - 6:45pm
Is your puppy too old for Puppy K? Adolescent Dog Class, for puppies 5 to 10 months, is a great option! Start training basic good manners, learn how to deal with typical adolescent challenges, and practice exercises to help prevent potential issues before they start.

Check our Basic MannersPuppy Kindergarten, and Puppy Party schedules here.

 



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