Building Confidence In Your Dog With Sniffspot

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It didn’t happen overnight. When we adopted Digby Pancake from our local shelter, he was scared. Scared of loud noises. Scared of the car. Scared of new places. Scared that dinner would be late.

Adopting dogs was new to me. We never dealt with anxiety issues before Brickle and Digby. I was unprepared, and my first instinct was to just not expose Digby to anything that might make him uncomfortable. At the time, we both worked full time outside the home. We didn’t feel comfortable leaving Brickle and Digby home alone for extended periods. And I found myself researching daycares. But one thing stood in the way of this plan. Digby would have to ride in a car. It seems so crazy now that we live in an RV!

I decided to do a “test drive” with Brickle and Digby the night before their first day of play. As expected, they didn’t want to get in the car. And halfway around the block, Digby threw up. I second and third guessed my decision to expose them to more car rides, activities and people. But as I often do, I did research. Books, online tutorials for rescuing dogs with behavior issues all suggested exposing them to new places, new people, new experiences on a repeated basis. Why? Confidence. Building their confidence.

I think that this is often overlooked by dog parents. We want our dogs to be happy, but sometimes, happiness has to be worked for. Digby was a hunting dog and scared of loud noises. Actually, he still jumps nine years later, at the sounds of gunshots or cars backfiring. But his reactions have gotten better! Why? He’s been working on his confidence.

When we learned of a new, innovative app and website called Sniffspot, I immediately knew this was a game changer.

Brickle and Digby had issues with triggers such as noises, cars and crowds. But some dogs have issues with other dogs, other people, anxiety and more. Sniffspot could be, and in our opinion is, a way to build a dog’s confidence safely in rented, private playspaces. Some are backyards, some are acres of land, some are indoor spaces. But why is confidence key for a dog’s happiness and how can Sniffspot help?

1. Exposure Management

This is when we start associating things our dogs are fearful of with new, pleasant experiences! Sniffspot’s network of different spaces to rent by the hour are all different. Find a spot that fits your dog’s needs!

Blackpond Farm, Snohomish, Washington USA

2. Find An Environment That Proves Your Dog Is A Success!

Sitting at home with your dog, thinking of all that can go wrong in the outside world only causes more fear. Find a small yard or space that your dog can feel confident in. Try playing their favorite game or activity in a new space!

Mill Creek, Washington

3. Introduce New People And Dogs

As your dog’s confidence grows, try introductions on neutral grounds! Sniffspot hosts may sometimes have the option of their dogs as playmates. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Brockel Dog Ranch, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Building a dog’s confidence will take time and patience.

But part of that journey, and how successful they will be is dependent on our attitude. And Sniffspot can help us too. With a growing community of dog parents who are hosts and guests on Sniffspot, the opportunity for support is endless. Be a part of this growing community and find out more at www.sniffspot.com

124 Acre Conservation Farm, Shelton, WA

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When I think of how far we have come together I am proud.

No. Not proud of myself. But proud that the “issues” I thought Brickle and Digby had were manageable because we believed in each other.

It wasn’t easy, and I never could have imagined the paths we would take. I wish that Sniffspot would have been available to us then. No matter if your dog is young, or just young at heart, let Sniffspot help you both grow your confidence. Together! You can do it!

Rachael Johnson. Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this blog post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.

The Heart Of Coal

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I’ve been told that under my tough demeanor, I have a heart of gold. A sensitive side. And I’ve been told that I am handsome. But that’s another blog for another day. Or many days, actually.

When Girl Person and Boy Person decided to visit a West Virginia coal mine yesterday, they told Digby and I that since it was so cold, we could take a nap and they would be back. I had no idea what a coal mine was.

But when Girl Person explained the cold, dark and scary space, and how you had to ride down into it, Digby and I had absolutely no problem taking that nap. Plus, when they told us they would buy us a hat, well. It was a deal.

They weren’t gone too long. But apparently they learned a lot.

They learned about coal. And about the people who worked very, very hard to get the coal.

I don’t know about you. But I didn’t really know too much about coal.

Dogs usually don’t talk about it, I guess. So that’s the first thing she talked to me and Digby about. She explained what coal was.

We learned that there are many uses for coal. Persons use it for electricity, to make steel, to produce power.

And the persons in this West Virginia place that worked to get the coal for others to use had a very hard life most of the time.

It was not an easy job. In fact, it was a dangerous job.

I don’t think that persons often think about all of the conveniences they have and why they have them.

When they are turning on a light, or when they use their heater, do they wonder why they have electricity? Do they know about the ones like the coal miners in West Virginia who worked so hard?

Or the fact that so many died?

Do they know the sacrifices that even animals made in those coal mines? Like the ones that carried tons and tons of coal every day?

What about the birds in little cages that the miners carried to know if their air was safe? Yes. Many birds lost their lives too.

It’s easy in a world full of convenience to ignore why we have them. And we waste power. We waste so much. That’s not respectful to anyone. Not the ones who worked for us to have it.

We should all have a heart of coal. Not gold. It is so much more valuable.

Coal may start off cold. But when used, it produces heat and power! Even if we have had a cold heart towards ones in our lives, it can be warmed up.

I think of how life progresses for persons. They have ones in their lives like family that they take for granted when they are young. Time marches on and life takes twists and turns, and sometimes there are disagreements or differences in opinion. Do they let those things make them forget what their family gave up for them when they were young?

Do they take for granted the ones in their lives? They do.

Coal miners worked long and hard days.

Coal miners lived simply, yet provided for so many others.

As with every place and state we visit, the coal mine of West Virginia teaches us about the past, but prepares us for the future. If we keep taking conveniences for granted and we are wasteful, they will be gone one day.

Family can be gone one day too. So precious are our coal hearts. Dig deep. Feel. Forgive. Appreciate.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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