Fall is here and we sure can feel the change of season in the air. Dogs are more sensitive to change than we realize, and yet when strongly bonded to their person or people, there is little that they can’t take in stride.
At Way of Life™ Dog Training, I have been busy coaching clients on how to get their bond with their dog established on a solid foundation. How we navigate our first few days, weeks, and months with a new dog sets the tone for our relationship over a lifetime together. This is true for puppies and adults and regardless of the dog’s breed or background.
Yet few know about the practice of “decompression,” the unhurried and thoughtful process of transitioning a new dog into our home. Decompression is also what I recommend we do when any dog in the household presents behavioural issues. Often, that lack of decompression at the start is to blame for problems developing down the road.
Decompression entails holding off for a while on all the training and socialization that we’re normally told to do. Instead, we create a simple yet structured environment in which the dog can begin to settle, build confidence, and bond, free of hasty pressure and expectations. In time, the dog becomes ready to socialize and train, trusting in its human teacher.
This season’s infographic – Decompression: The First Stage of Our Relationship – illustrates this radical and fundamental practice a little more.
I hope you find this newsletter useful. As always, I deeply appreciate your support and would love to hear your feedback!
Wishing you and your canines a fun and festive Fall 2020 season. Be well and enjoy!