'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Dog Days of... Winter?

Jess has been 'enjoying' the thin layer of snow today. To begin with, she was irritated by it: she didn't want to go outside into the backyard, and just glared out at it for a moment. When we went out, she managed to perk up and zoomed over the crusty grass, which was great to see - all the excitement with none of the filthy, muddy paws! By the end of the shortish walk, she was limping exaggeratedly along, lifting one of her back paws. I had cut the hair between the pads of her paws earlier, and I think the cold snow against her bare pads wasn't making her at all happy.

Still, I got some lovely photos of her!

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