Featuring Flash, Mer, Tino, Fluffy, Bodie, Ollie, Dixie, Winston, Mabel, Roscoe, April 2022
Featuring Fluffy, Flash and Tino, March 24, 2022.
Featuring Flash, Mer, Bodie, Fluffy, Tino, morning hike clips from March 1 and March 3
Flash and Fluffy February 25, 2022
Hiking and playing in the snow are our favorites! Check out these clips from some recent off leash adventures in the snow. (February snowstorm 2022)
Featuring Flash, Fluffy, Mer, Tino, Roscoe, Dixie, Mabel and Benton.
Hide and go seek is a great game that reinforces and promotes off leash reliability, encouraging dogs to pay attention to you, follow your lead and come back to you when off leash. It's fun too! Check out this game of hide and seek during one of our recent off leash adventure hikes.
Starring: Mer, Bodie, Flash, Fluffy, Tino, Roscoe, Ollie, Mable, Benton, River, Dixie, Daisy, Millie, Dec. 2021-Jan 2022
Starring Fluffy, Flash and Tino October 2021
I love when dogs wait, come, sit, stay... I love when they cuddle, high five, and play but most importantly, I love when dogs speak. Through their body language, eye contact, actions, and vocalizations dogs have as much to say to us as we have to say to them. When barking or other forms of vocalization are excessive, intervention is necessary, for the well being of dogs and those around them. In the case of excessive barking for example, deciding how to better meet a dog's needs, how to help them relax when overstimulated, or intervening before unnecessary barking begins can lessen, or eliminate excessive barking. However, barking and other forms of vocalization, when not excessive, are very important ways that dogs communicate, and in many situations should be allowed and even encouraged.
None of the dogs who attend our off leash adventures are excessive barkers. However, many of them use a variety of non-excessive vocalizations to communicate both with Janet and I, and with each other. Some dogs communicate quietly using more body language, actions and eye contact. Others are very vocal in their communication styles. Each of their unique and diverse communication styles are equally effective, smart and beautiful, always expressing important and valuable information.
(Short note on growling: growling is often misunderstood as aggression or a prelude to aggression. Some dogs rarely bark, but communicate vocally using growls. There are many types of non-aggressive growls, such as play growls, alarm growls, and boundary setting growls. A dog should never be reprimanded or redirected when growling especially when the growling is a completely non-aggressive part of their communication style).
Here are some types of vocalizations:
Synonyms: stimulation, animation, action, activity, passion, thrill, enjoyment
Healthy amounts of mental stimulation, activity, and enjoyment is exactly what we want for our dogs... There is a very important difference between over excitement and healthy excitement.
Excitement is a very beautiful emotion that, when not excessive should be celebrated. The woods, the beach, and bumping into family and friends who I love are all beautifully exciting to me. Our dogs have the exact same experience. For the more vocal canines in our pack, those moments of excitement barking, whining, and other forms of dog speak, as long as they do not become excessive, are very important and often heart warming components of their communication styles.
Alarm vocalizations when not excessive, are normal dog behaviors. In fact, a dog's ability to sense things that we don't and communicate their intuitions and insights to us is a unique and special gift. Dogs may use alarm vocalizations for a variety of reasons, Even the most relaxed, easy-going dogs will alarm bark at times. Dogs may let out moments of alarm barking or growling when they sense a danger is approaching. They may pick up on the energy of hostility of an approaching person, or they may pick up on the aggression of an approaching dog. They may also sense a predator in the woods, or that someone is in danger on a nearby path. These types of alarm vocalizations should be managed but not eliminated. As long as 99% of the time your dog is not alarm barking then it is non-excessive and just fine. In some cases, the alarm vocalizations of dogs have saved lives.
Dogs also may use an alarm bark or growl, when not startled or sensing danger, simply to let you know that someone is coming. As long as they are short and sweet, let them speak!
Boundary Setting Vocalizations:
Our more vocal dogs talk to us and to each other with barks and growls. Dogs are great communicators, knowing exactly how to express their needs, which is clearly what we should want them to do. More vocal dogs may speak to each other in short moments of barking or growling to let another dog know they need space, that the other dog is bothering them, or to set a boundary with a new dog they meet.
Some dogs play silently while others are more vocal. Play barks and growls are completely non-aggressive. Play barks, especially during games of chase are most often higher pitched and intermittent, play growls may be heard during a spirited wrestling match or in some dogs may accompany a play bow. When not excessive these types of vocalizations are again important and beautiful ways that dogs speak and communicate during play.
So let's never forget... LET THEM SPEAK!
"Spring is nature's way of saying let's party!"
-Robin Williams (Roscoe Tino, Bodie April 2021)
"A light heart lives long." -Irish Proverb
(Janet with Betty and Rose in Vermont March 2021)
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lau Tzu Fluffy, Roscoe, Tino, Bodie, May 2021
"Love is the Flower you've got to let grow."
-John Lennon Rose and Robyn in Vermont, March 2021
"In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." -Margaret Atwood (Ollie, Tino, Bodie April 2021)
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." -George Sand Betty and Janet in Vermont March 2021
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." -Emerson Roscoe and Flash, May 2021
"There's nowhere you can be, that isn't where you're meant to be." -John Lennon Tino, March 2021
"Only from the heart can you touch the sky."
-Rumi Betty and Robyn in Vermont March 2021
Video for Betty and Rose... Featuring Original Music by Janet Connerney
Sending all our love to Ireland,
Bodie, Willow, Millie, Roscoe, Daisy, Janet, Robyn, and your many friends.
By Robyn and Janet
"What day is it?" asked Pooh. "It's today." squeeked Piglet. "My favorite day." said Pooh.
-AA Milne (from Winnie the Pooh)
Featuring Oliver, Rosie, Bodie, Tino, and Roscoe.
Above pic: Rose, Betty, and Willow March 2019, Off Leash Adventure Group Founders
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