To quote Temple Grandin “In terms of emotions dogs need”;
- Social contact, so their PANIC system doesn’t get activated. Develop their frustration tolerance, and remember that behaviour training is all about ‘impulse control & emotional restraint’.
- Games and play with owners to activate SEEKING system.
- Interesting things to do – especially long walks – that also arouse their SEEKING system.
There are some great walks in the Chilterns area, and I have listed some suggestions here. If you can recommend any others please let me know.
I find these walks as enriching as my dogs do, whether visiting the ‘Tree Cathedral’, Norman castles & churches, neolithic burial mounds or appreciating one of Britain’s most endangered trees, the black poplar.