Canines love reunions and often offer funny, intelligent and heartwarming welcomes, to those family members that have been out of town for a while.

Allow your canine to sniff, welcome and jump around in joy. Give your dog the time to approach and sniff, explore and welcome each new family member that returns home. If the family member has been away for a long period of time, such as returning from Iraq or a long trip overseas or sickness at the hospital, your canine will take longer to becoming accustomed to their return. Jumping up and embracing in the canine way are terms of affection for someone that has been away for a long time. Should the family member still be recovering from an illness or injury, avoid overwhelming your dog and give your canine some interactive toys to occupy your dog, prior to the family member returning home.

Possibly keep your canine on a leash during reunions if the person is elderly, very young or recovering from an illness or injury. Be sure to settle your canine down and stay calm and relaxed. All canines feel the excitement or stress of a new situation.Take your dog for a long walk or to the dog park, beach, before members arrive home. This will ensure that your canine will have used up all his energy and will be ready to focus quietly on all arrivals. Have a ready supply of treats and praise for your canine once he settles down.

Barking, jumping up and canine hugging are genuine terms of affection to a returning family member. This is okay just for the welcome. After about twenty minutes your canine should settle down and suffice with the comfortable familiarity of reuniting with returning family members. Canines love to reunite.

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Freelance writer


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