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Relaxation protocols

Relaxation protocols

Beatrix on blanket with catAs I am gaining more experience teaching dogs to be comfortable in the overly stimulating urban environment I am finding that rewarding settling on a blanket or bed of their own is perhaps the most useful all around skill a dog should learn.

No matter what the problem might be, this very easy to teach behavior is handy wether you’d like to read in peace, teach your dog not to bark and run to the door when a delivery person arrives, when guests come to the apartment or as a safe spot while you are vacuuming.

It is really wonderful for the dog to know what to do when he or she feels insecure!

Here is a photo of little Beatrix who was recently on vacation at a house with a cat. See how nicely she is settled on a blanket?

Good choice, Beatrix!


  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm