Our program refers to crowded close quarters as “Grumble zones.” Grumble zoneshave an escape route but a child or another dog may be blocking or in the way of using it. This can lead to a conflict and a potential danger or “grumble.”
Grumble zones are important for families to consider when having multiple dogs or children in the home.
Crowed spaces = Grumpy faces
Entryways can be crowded and conflicting especially if there is something of value or a resource near it. Entryways can be crowded and conflicting especially if there is something of value or a resource near it.
Many people put their dog beds in a corner which creates a Grumble zone. This limits escape routes for dogs. It is a good idea to help your dog associate positive encounters when in their comfy spot. Walk by and drop a treat without stopping to engage. Soon your dog will look up as you or someone approaches to see what opportunity they might get vs. preparing for someone to invade their space.
The space between a coffee table and couch is a common grumble zone. This creates a potential conflict if a toddler approaches Mom or Dad while the dog is sitting or laying at their feet. Close space and conflicts often can happen in this type of space.
It is important to consider your layout when you have multiple dogs and kids living together. Crowded spaces cause grumpy faces and a little preparation ahead of time can decrease stress and increase safety for all!
Sometimes I feel like an interior decorator in a private consultation as we end up rearranging furniture to decrease the grumble zone potential. Remember, this is not a forever change! You will get your nicely arranged living room back. It is important however that during the stages of new mobility your child is free to move about in a way that is safe and comfortable for they and your dog.
Always always supervise children and dogs! Even with grumble zones minimized you still must be SUPERvising your child when your dog is around.
Our next blog will give more photos in sequences that help show what you can do when you find you have encountered a “grumble zone.”