We were at a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® project last Monday in Palm Beach Gardens to help a new client and their Komondor named Henry. The big problem was Henry going into the water at the back of their property. Our invisible fencing system solved that problem pretty quickly. I had noticed that my client was doing a lot of work on his house and the rest of the grounds. I asked him if he had any concerns with his dog when workmen were over. He said that he did. He was pretty sure that his dog would always be fine when he had friends over, but he wasn’t as sure when there were workmen showing up to do things all around the house and on the rest of the property.
I told my client that the one thing that all dogs crave more than anything else in the world is to be safe. That is requirement #1 on their list of “must have”. As their leader; their teacher; their boss; it is his top priority to make sure that Henry always feels safe in any situation.
Now, let’s examine the situation when my client has some family friends or neighbors over. These are people he knows and he has a rather good idea how they are going to react with his Komondor. If his friends have been over in the past, he is pretty sure how his dog will act with them. Henry has to figure out if they are “good friends” or “Oh, it’s you again”? When my client is answering the door, he is probably greeting them showing relaxed and “all is safe” body language. His dog can quickly interpret this interaction and decide that he is in charge and that these “new animals” entering their house pose no threat. Since his friends have previously met Henry or if they have not, understand that a dog is in the house, they are ready to meet him in a controlled and safe manner.
My client told me that he is usually with his friends whenever they are over to the house. This “constant management” of my client with his guests reassures his dog that everything is OK. My client’s natural predisposition that there will be guests over and that hid dog will interact with them has already set the scene for a safe and predictable experience for both his guests and Henry. This shows leadership and, most importantly, reassures his dog that all is well.
Another situation arises when workmen or other contractors come into my client’s home. My client must first remember that the reason the workmen are there is because of a possibly stressful situation of something being broken. That could already put him in a stressful situation. As he meets them at the door, he is not meeting a friend, but a possible stranger. He will naturally try to determine if this stranger coming into his home appears safe or not. This will put him in a stressful situation that his dog will naturally observe. All of this puts his dog in a situation where the dog may be required to step up and help protect their home.
My client might not have a clue if the contractor is OK with dogs or is afraid of them. You never know, the contractor may have dogs, but abuse them on a regular basis. The contractor naturally give off that aggressive/disrespectful body language that our dogs can observe. On the other hand, the contractor could love dogs and my client’s dogs might just want to play with them while they are working on his stuff. All of this contributes confusion to the situation that diminishes my client’s ability to maintain leadership and clear focus.
I told my client that it is best to put his dog in a secure location in another part of the house when contractors or other repair people are in the house. This permits him to be in control of Henry’s experience so that he will show his leadership constant delivery of safety. It also allows his contractor to work in peace and to quickly complete the work.
So the takeaway from all of this is that it would be best to put the dog away when contractors are there. You could have them in your office or outside in the back yard playing with you. In this way, you keep your dog’s focus on you and assure him that you are in charge and he is safe. Just as important, you are allowing the contractor to work in peace.
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