Let sleeping dogs lie CategoriesGeneral Matt Baker June 18, 2014 0 Share this post Dr Gary Landsberg debunked some common behaviour myths in dogs at the AustralianVeterinary Association (AVA) Annual Conference 25-30 May in Perth. “It’s important that owners learn to read dog communication including body language, facial expressions, vocalisations and conflict behaviours such as lip licking and yawning that indicate the dog wants to be left alone,” Dr Landsberg said. One of the behaviour myths that he will be discussing is the belief that dogs don’t mind being approached when they are resting or sleeping. “While some dogs might tolerate and seem to enjoy human contact when resting, many dogs can become irritable or aggressive if disturbed while resting. “Contrary to popular belief, when a dog turns onto its back to expose the belly it might mean the dog wants to disengage. “If a pet is sleeping or approached too quickly, they can become aggressive. This is especially true if the owner tries to move a dog when resting or sleeping. “Young children are more vulnerable as they are less able to read body language or control their approach. In one study, dog bites of young children were more likely to be from familiar dogs that were indoors and lying still at the time,” he said. “A dog should be provided with a safe haven where it’s neither forced to leave or forced to interact. Consider crate housing, a closed room or baby gates for the safety of the family and visitors and for the welfare of the dog. “When approaching a resting dog, use a soft or upbeat verbal cue to get the dog’s attention and encourage a desirable outcome and leave the dog alone if it wants to rest and be on its own.” Source: Pet Industry News Related Post JUNE 21, 2018Melbourne’s first...Tonight’s the night Cocoa attends the CEO Sleepout for the homeless. There’s...00AUGUST 24, 2016Rare Opportunity –...About the business and the role This well established and successful dog daycare centre...00NOVEMBER 23, 2015Ally’s Walk Sunday,...Net’s words What a magnificent day to celebrate Ally Belly’s wonderful life...00FEBRUARY 9, 2015We are moving!!diggiddydoggydaycare is officially on the move. After almost 8 years in our current...00SEPTEMBER 9, 2014Very Important Pooch &...You are invited to a very special event…. Very Important Pooch & Person (VIP)...00APRIL 4, 2014Book diggiddy’s doggy...All Bookings: http://www.stayz.com.au/151035 We’re so excited to announce that...00 Leave a Comments Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.