The “Other” Olivia

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Being in the public eye, I’m always on my best behavior. But I also have my personal side, which might surprise some of you. I’ll explain.

For starters, I generally don’t get along with other dogs. My huMom believes I was isolated at an early age or was too young when I was taken from my litter. I can’t remember, but it seems I was never taught how to play or how to be social with other dogs.

I do hang out with other dogs, I have my Husky furriends, Kiko & Yoshi, but the initial introductions need to be closely supervised. I’m very reactive & can confuse play with aggression. I was also very close to my late fur bro, Micky Moo & I also had a dog furiend called Zee who I got along with. I seem to like boy dogs more than girl dogs.

My fursister  Suzie Q, had a rough time in her life & she too is reactive with strange dogs. We actually didn’t like each other at first. But after being slowly introduced over a month or two we became close furiends. We even share the dog bed now.

I also have a habit of barking at humans. And barking. And barking. My huMom took me to Toronto once, I really wanted to say hello to everyone & tried my very best to accomplish that, but at the same time I was very nervous. So many humans!

My huMom says I’m pretty clever. She also says I have a good sense of humor. I like to think that I’m the “good dog” in Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. I hope that shows online.

What about you, my fellow epi-warriors? What are you like behind the scene?

CEO Olivia

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Bark! Bark! Bark!

Canine Culture

Barking-Dog-Report

Dogs bark. But some bark too much. Why is this? There’s no simple answer, in fact there are probably as many explanations as there are dogs. So what to do?

Dogs generally will bark for any of the following reasons, Greeting or play, Alarm or fear, territorial protectiveness, boredom or separation anxiety. But it could also be barking because it see’s you “barking” & wants to join the conversation.

Some medical problems can cause excessive barking, from bee stings to brain disease to chronic pain. Older pets can develop a form of canine senility that causes excessive vocalizations. It’s always a good idea to have a pet checked by a veterinarian to be sure there’s no medical reason for a problem.

If your dog is barking too much too often, you need to find a solution. It may take time & patience. The longer a dog does something, the more ingrained it becomes so don’t put off correcting excessive barking.

First don’t lose your cool & start shouting. Your dog may think your joining in. Teach them the word, “quiet” & as soon as they are, reward them. Be consistent.

Lots of exercise may help. Exercise can burn off energy as well as ease anxiety.

See if a simple distraction can “break the spell”. Playing with a toy may be all that’s needed to stop the barking. Dogs live in the moment & if at the moment your dog has a favorite toy, then he or she may be quieter.

For dogs with pathological barking or additional behavioral problems, it’s best to use a team-approach. The team consists of all family members, an animal behaviorist & a veterinarian. Each family member must work with the dog in the same way, using the same commands. The animal behaviorist may be able to cue in on unique characteristics of your dog’s behavior & help you set up training situations that will be most effective. Your veterinarian may also be able to give you insights.

CEO Olivia

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