Fluffy’s Pet Diary: How to decode animal behaviour

This is a relaxed friend of mine. Franky would approve! Photo: PC Chong

Confused by your pet? Sometimes, we misinterpret what our pets are trying to tell us – here are some tips to decode their behaviour

This is a relaxed friend of mine. Franky would approve! Photo: PC Chong
This is a relaxed friend of mine. Franky would approve!
Photo: PC Chong

Hi, I’m Fluffy! Christmas is coming and that means a lot of loud parties are coming up for the humans! Loud noises and new faces are not things we are really the most comfortable with. What can Franky do to help us?

Handling your Pet During Gatherings

If your dog prefers not to join in the party, give him space by putting him in a room with his favourite toys.

A baby gate can create a good buffer without shutting him out completely. Occasionally, do go back and spend some time with your dog to let him know he’s not forgotten.

Warning Signs to Watch Out For

A dog that may enjoy the party may not stay interested the entire time. Watch out for signs of stress, such as yawning, licking the lips and showing the white part of the eye in a half-moon shape.

When this happens, it means your dog is feeling worried and wants to be left alone. Bring him into a room, as mentioned earlier.

Friends and family members may get excited to pet and interact with your dog, but the feeling may not be mutual. Signs include the dog turning his head away, walking away or trying to hide under the furniture when approached.

When Franky realises I’m uncomfortable, he would take me into a quiet room and bring in my favourite Chew-A-Bone. This always helps to calm me down.

For Families with Kids

Be careful that your children are not causing your pet discomfort. Actually, dogs do not like hugs and kisses. Even if your dog allows it, do not expect him to accept the same treatment from strangers, or in situations when there is a lot of clamour.

In the end, Franky decided that it would be easier to have their family buffet along the corridor, and to invite the neighbours to join in the party too. Anyway, there’s more space outside and I get to stay in the house and watch everyone from the comfort of my home.
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