A Dog’s View – Tip 7 – Don’t Punish a Warning

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UPDATE:  MISS GRAY HAS BEEN ADOPTED!

Hello, my name is Miss Gray. I am a genteel lady who shares food, toys and treats with others. I get along well with dogs, but crave human contact. Regardless of the outstanding treatment I’ve received at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, this life does not suit me. The stress of living in a shelter caused me to lose a great deal of weight.

If you’d like to share your life with a fabulous running mate or a fun walking buddy, come by the shelter to meet me. We can play fetch and I’ll even show you how I catch a ball in midair. Afterward, I’d like to snuggle on your lap and feel loving arms wrapped around me. If you aren’t in the market for a best friend, kindly share my photo with other dog lovers. I want nothing more than to live the rest of my life with a family who loves me.

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Perhaps you can also share Tip 7 with your friends. My trainer Laura is a smart cookie. I recommend everyone follow her advice.

Tip #7: Don’t Punish a Warning

Did you know… that growling is one way that dogs communicate their discomfort to other dogs and to people?  Growling is a dog’s inhibited way of saying, “Hey, I don’t like it when you do that!”  The problem is that, if you punish your dog for growling, then you are leaving him no choice but to escalate his behavior, even biting perhaps, to get his message across.  So, instead of punishing your dog for growling, thank your lucky stars that he chose to communicate in this way instead of resorting to something more drastic.  Of course, now you need to train him to be more comfortable when situations like this arise again!

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About the Author: Miss Gray is four years old. She loves walks, spending time outdoors, swimming, playing fetch and snuggling. She is vet checked, spayed and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Visit Miss Gray at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York. For more information, please call 516-785-5220.

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