It's no secret that dogs and humans are two completely different species, which means that even though they share their lives with us, there's a communication barrier we have to break through. Well, studies have shown over the years (read about a most recent one HERE that's used some impressive MRI testing) that dogs have the brain wave capacity to interpret the intonation in our voices.
Yes, it's quite true! Dogs will learn whatever words we use consistently to convey a message - they can't tell the difference between the words unless we teach them what a particular word means by making an association, so the tone we use is critically important!
This is why I tell so many of my clients that we have to say what we mean, mean what we say, and have that conviction in our energy and body language. How we say something is so important to ensuring we are getting our point across appropriately to our dog! If we understand this, part of our communication quandaries can be solved!
Chris and Monica Byrd each had family dogs growing up, but in their 20 years together, they had not found an opportunity to adopt fur babies of their own due to career obligations. Moving to West Point, NY offered them the perfect environment, time and resources to devote to nurturing a wonderful relationship with their canine babies. And so they contacted Howlin4Spirit when they found Duchess and Duke's pictures online.
They both recall the day they met Duke and Duchess as one of the happiest of their lives. It took over a year to treat the mange, but that didn't stop Chris and Monica from giving these babies all the love they deserved and the care they needed! Both dogs are now happy, healthy and beautiful! Duchess graduated from obedience class with Dad's help, and Duke is a "momma's boy" to the core. The entire Byrd pack enjoys hiking all around West Point (and the rest of the Hudson Valley), followed by long naps cuddling up on the couch or bed. They are now moving their lives back south a bit to Washington, D.C. and look forward to finding new hiking spots in our nation's capital city! I wish them all the best and know Chris and Monica will continue to help Duchess and Duke bring out their best selves on all their new adventures!
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Part of being a good dog mom involves understanding any potential health risks or hazards that are common in your dog’s breed and taking any necessary precautions to help your dog stay happy and healthy.
Maria Huntoon, CBCC-KA