just a little education on dog body language & exposure! juggy was at a family reunion this weekend with lots of people & there was one young cousin who just loved him but juggy was on and off with him. one moment he was okay with him, happy go lucky, giving kisses, wanting him to play chase, then the next moment he’s scared and hiding from him or barking at him with hackles. the young boy didn’t do anything out of the ordinary or hurt him, but approach and body language is everything with dogs. making direct eye contact, leaning over them, petting them on top of the head, approaching abruptly, are all threatening gestures to a dog. ↠
teaching children and yourself about dog body language and how to approach animals is very important, but what is even more important is to expose your dogs and puppies to everything and anything, reinforcing with goodies for a positive experience. ↠
jughead hasn’t had much exposure with kids, toddlers or babies since he was about 9 weeks old, and it’s showing. He’s also in a fear period right now so things can be scary sometimes! so we are going to work on exposing him to some more kiddos in a comfortable way for him!
just remember everyone, if your dog is giving side eye, licking it’s lips or avoiding, remove your dog from the situation. your dog is telling you that they are uncomfortable and a little stressed. you don’t ever want your dog to be so uncomfortable that they feel the need to lash out & end up hurting someone. whether your dog is fearful or not, big or small, young or old, predictable or unpredictable, make sure they feel 100% comfortable with any situation you put them in.🖤