Know­ing the bound­aries

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY - 4PAWS JULIE PENLINGTON

ROSIE whose age is about six years is not your typ­i­cal high-en­ergy Kelpie.

She is ex­tremely re­laxed and loves snooz­ing. She has a gentle, lov­ing na­ture and is hap­pi­est by the side of hu­mans.

Af­ter some en­cour­age­ment, she is now con­tent and com­fort­able in­side but is equally happy out­side sun­bak­ing. She is slowly get­ting used to her fos­ter carer’s dogs and, given time, she will trust and bond with a ca­nine friend.

She is very de­serv­ing of a calm and lov­ing for­ever home with com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated hu­mans.

Phone 0400 251 396 or 0411 144 689 to meet this lovely girl. Or ap­ply at 4pawsan­i­mal­res­cue. org.au.

Chil­dren and dogs can be com­pli­cated. I was read­ing a post from lawyers for com­pan­ion an­i­mals the other day about the way chil­dren be­have around their fam­ily pet and what is ac­cept­able and what is not.

Alarm bells ring for me when peo­ple say the chil­dren could do any­thing with their last dog sit on it take food out of its mouth and pull its ears. All of those things show that the par­ent does not un­der­stand re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship.

When it comes to dogs su­per­vi­sion is know­ing bound­aries. The main key is to recog­nise when a dog is feel­ing threat­ened and to take ac­tion then. Watch for tell­tale signs that your pet is stressed such as ears back, hid­ing and lip lick­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PLAY­FUL KELPIE: Rosie.

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