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Start off on the right ‘Paw’ with your new family member. How to read behavior cues from your new companion and ‘speak’ their language.

Furbaby family members communicate in a language of their own. Research has shown many animals can learn what frequently spoken words mean. More importantly, they can read our non-verbal cues and can respond appropriately to emotions. They can read us, but how well do we ‘speak’ the language of our Furbaby family?

Most experts recommend some kind of formal training in order to facilitate communication and interpret animal communication without imposing our ‘human’ filter. Your dog is still an animal at heart and in order for you to have the best relationship possible you will need to not only understand how your furry friend views what goes on in your house, but also look into what causes some of the responses in your dogs…

Many dog owners and enthusiasts have been said to project human emotions onto their pets. Nobody argues that dogs experience the world differently to what we do; experts know that dogs have their own range of canine responses to situations and emotions.

Most people are concerned about aggression and biting when they reach out to a dog trainer, but training begins long before problem behaviors emerge. Basic puppy training classes as well as Canine “good citizen” classes help humans and animals establish clear behavioral expectations as the personality of each unique animal emerges.

Try to encourage a loving but respectful relationship between your dog and the children. Teach children about warning signs dogs may display long before nipping or biting a human. Also encourage gentle and appropriate behaviors between children and animals -most dogs don’t take kindly to having their tails tugged while eating! Misreading or missing warning signs in animals is one of the most common causes of animal bites in humans.

Falco’s Friends provides activities for young children at events that promote healthy and happy human and canine relationships. Volunteers teach about positive behaviors and explain to children what warning signs might look like.

In addition to other goals, Falco’s Friends strives to promote the importance of reading and understanding animal behaviors especially with unfamiliar animals. Shelters and rescues throughout the state promote this same message and often provide links to multiple educational resources. Stay tuned for more information on animal behavior, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers. For more resources on this and other topics email us or your local shelter.