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Do You Consent?

Consent (noun):

Permission, agreement, or approval given voluntarily.

In the context of our dogs, it means recognising and respecting their willingness or comfort levels in various situations. Just as humans have the right to choose what they're comfortable with, our dogs too deserve the opportunity to express their feelings about the situations we place them in.

Canine consent is a pivotal aspect of our interactions, and it's high time we give it the attention it truly deserves. It's essential to acknowledge that dogs, like humans, have their own preferences, comfort zones, and boundaries. They are free thinking beings. Just as we wouldn't want someone to push us into situations we're uncomfortable with, we should afford our dogs the same courtesy.

Imagine this scenario: You're all geared up for a leisurely walk with your dog, but as you reach for the lead, you realise your dog has retreated and is hiding under the dresser with ears flattened. This is an unmistakable signals that your dog is not consenting to the situation at hand. Recognising cues like these are vital in understanding how our dogs feel about a given circumstance. Pushing them into it, against their will, not only erodes the trust between you and your dog but can also lead to anxiety and behavioural problems.

Obtaining canine consent isn't complicated, but it does require attention and empathy. Start by closely observing your dog's body language and behavioural cues. If they show any reluctance or discomfort, respect their feelings and give them the option to opt out without any repercussions. This approach builds trust, strengthens the human-canine bond, and ensures that both parties are on the same page.

Canine consent should be the cornerstone of our relationships with our beloved four-legged companions. It fosters respect, kindness, and harmonious coexistence between us and our dogs.


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