Thursday, April 30, 2020

How dogs communicate




How Dogs Communicate with Humans

* Today's article was written by: Paul Luciw

Communication between your dog and yourself does not involve an actually language. After all your dog cannot express what they are thinking in words. However there are several means they use that can indicate what they are thinking. This involves using body language.

One way your fury friend uses body language to communicate with you is by the use their tail. The position of their tail and its motion can indicate a number of things. The position of their tail and its motion could indicate submissiveness, anticipation of being greeted by you or another human friend. The position of their tail and it motion could even indicate potential aggression.

Indication of submissiveness
A dog is normally a very submissive create. They seek attention and will indicate this with the position and motion of their tail. Tucking their tail between their legs is one such position. This could be a sign of fear. However when the tail is held low it could also be a sign of submissiveness and they are seeking attention. This attention could involve petting or being cuddled.

Anticipation of Being Greeted By You
Simple wagging of your dog's tail side to side could indicate anticipation of being greeted by you or a close friend. The fasted they wag their tail the more excited they are to see you. They might also bark at you to get your attention. They might be thinking they are not going to approach them and show the needed affection they desire.

Potential Aggression
Wagging of the tail in a certain position could also indicate potential aggression. This aggression could be the product of fear or the need to protect you from potential danger. If the tail is held high and moving very quickly in a vibrating motion it could mean your dog is getting ready to fight. This could be brought on by another dog in the vicinity. This type of motion indicates an active treat.


Your dog is an intelligent creature and you can learn how to communicate with him or her if you learn what they are trying to say with their body language. This will take some patience and will also involve doing some research. There are many excellent resources on the internet which will give you the needed insight on how to understand your fury friends methods of communication. Of course each dog has their own personality and will define how they will be trying to communicate with you.

Learn how your dog communicates with your can only improve your relationship with him or her. Improving your dogs intelligence will also help your relationship with your fury friend. Click here to learn how and find out what the benefits are.



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Monday, April 27, 2020

Recommended Resources


Recommended Resources

Have you heard of 'Therapeutic Riding'? This wonderful therapy helps people through the affectionate relationship with horses and their trainers, increasing balance and focus, lifting spirits, socializing and so much more. Many of the therapeutic riding programs also rescue horses, whose owners can no longer care for them. How about 'agro-forests'? These are initiatives supporting living, biodiverse forests that also support the community. Coconut and brazil nut come to mind immediately but there are numerous others specific to each region. And let's not forget composting - my favourite topic, ever! Check out these resources below when you have time to learn more:

Community Association For Riders With Disabilities focuses on therapeutic horseback riding programs for people seeking physical and cognitive therapies - specializing in disabilities like autism, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and others. 

Info: Card.ca

Community Forests International educates and connects people to protecting, restoring, adapting forests, increasing biodiversity and helping to mitigate environmental issues. Their projects have resulted in planting 3.2 million trees, protecting 2,700 endangered forests, and supporting 375 acres of agro-forest.

Info: ForestsInternational.org

Compost Council of Canada offers training and certification programs, resources for learning how to compost and recycle organics, webinars and articles, events and much more. 
Info: Compost.org

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Bored? Feeling Restless?

-- Feeling Restless? -- 

You may have seen the April 16th blog post re: using our time more proactively and positively during this crisis, or any life crisis really.

Once you've browsed those great tips (see link above), here are some more:

- Go through your business and also personal contact lists. Every business card, every person in your email, etc that you have some real connection with. Now is the perfect time to reach out to each of them with a little note of kindness, check in to see how they are, touch base to renew the relationship, offer some resource or set up networking opportunities for the future. Let individuals and businesses know what they have meant to you, how knowing them has benefited you, how you admire or are inspired by something they have done and offer some kind comment that may boost their mood. 

- Perhaps creating custom song lists for your favourite connections is something you are into. 

- Consider leaving gifts at a neighbour's door: ready-made meals, snacks, gift certificates for meal delivery, home preserves or treats. 

- Go through your "library" shelves at home and take a box of any magazines or books that you no longer want to keep to your apartment/condo entrance where people can access them for free. 



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Saturday, April 25, 2020

quote of the day


Quote of the Day 






..."And when she sees the deeper suns

That usher in the happy May,

She sighs to think her time is past,

And weeps because she cannot stay;

So leaves her tears upon the grass,

And turns her face and glides away..."



~ Hannah R. Hudson;  
"April," The Atlantic Monthly (1868)


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