Mike O’Hallaron of Frontenac, Missouri, is distraught. “We have a 7-year-old goldendoodle named Princess who has always been petrified of getting bathed,” he writes. “We arranged for a mobile rig to come to the house, and she froze and refused to go in. When she knows she is going to the local groomer, she starts whimpering and shaking. I don’t know if she is afraid of water, or if the cleaning tools bother her ears. Any advice you give would be greatly appreciated.”
One reason dogs sniff our groins is that the area is right in front of them at nose level. They don’t have to jump or crouch. And a dog learns as much about us by sniffing the concentration of chemicals in our “sensitive” area as we do about a dog by looking at and listening to him. He can even pick up information about our emotional state.
Seemingly out of nowhere, your dog starts going into the trash can and pulling everything out. What’s going on?
One way to get your dog to wait is to cue him to “Sit,” which is the very first word many dogs are taught. But what if you want him to wait and he’s not right next to you? What if he has run ahead on a trail to catch up with a skunk or a coyote? Or what if he has ended up across a busy road from you and you don’t want him to attempt to cross back over by himself? Or there’s too much traffic whizzing by for him to even hear you? In such cases, “Sit” probably won’t work because he associates it with being right next to you and getting a treat, or at least a nice stroke on the muzzle for complying.
While some people may consider a funeral service or a viewing to be an inappropriate venue for a dog, more and more funeral homes have a therapy dog on the “staff.” And more people saying a final good-bye to loved ones are opting to have the therapy dog present for the occasion. The presence of a calm, reassuring dog may be particularly helpful for a young child who does not have the words to express his feelings. Dogs do not need words. They can respond to sadness and provide comfort without a conversation.