At the Dane County Humane Society, every canine volunteer and staff member knows just how important calmness is for dogs. To achieve it at DCHS, we do something called Quiet Time. You may have witnessed someone doing quiet time because it’s often done on the public side of the dog’s kennel. It’s the thing we all most love to do. It feels special to be that person with a dog curled in your lap as their new family first sees them. It’s happened to me more than once. A visitor sees a dog relaxing next to me and they rush to the Adoption Center to arrange a meet and greet. Next thing I know, little Emma is heading home with her new family. Nothing feels better. It’s one reasons I donate my time and skills to shelter dogs.
The behaviorists at DCHS have tasked us the mission to give every dog at the shelter a few minutes of relaxation each and every day because shelters are extremely stressful places for dogs. It’s the most precious thing we give them while they await their new family. As a professional dog trainer I know it means even more to the dogs.
When a dog finds something that makes them feel comforted, the more likely they are to do that same thing again. Think about it. If you feel good after a warm bath at the end of a stressful day, it becomes something to look forward. You can’t wait to get home to the bubbles. It’s the same for our dogs. Sadly, many dogs simply don’t know how reach the blissful feeling of relaxation yet it’s vital for the dog’s mental and developmental health. The happy side-effect is it make them better pets.
At RosyDogs, I take the goals of Quiet Time to even greater purpose. I can show you how to help your dog build Calmness as a Default state of being. And I do it through simple games. A calm dog nearly always makes great choices while a hyper, over-excited, frustrated, worried, or frightened dog struggles to fit into your home. Calmness conquers most behavior issues before they even start.
Calmness is King, and you can help your dog get there. I'll show you how.
Watch this space for Calming Tips in the coming days.
Rebecca Porter has been fascinated by dogs for decades, but it took a frantic mixed breed to send her on a journey into innovative and real life solutions in dog training.