Ninja the Observer
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Usually when we stop, stand still or take photos Ninjas foc...

Ninja the Observer . Usually when we stop, stand still or take photos Ninjas foc…

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Ninja the Observer
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Usually when we stop, stand still or take photos Ninjas focus is on me. It goes as far as it is really difficult to take pictures with Ninja looking the other way.
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Instantly when Ninja does not look at me, I know that something is happening in the direction he is looking at.
My reaction depends on the intensity of Ninja’s stare. If he is relaxed, there is no need to react.
The stare on this picture is slightly more excited, but his body language shows no tension, which means there is no danger of running off.
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If the stimulus is higher, Ninja would start moving his upper body and chest to get a better look at the target. I would probably stop or hold him at this point, not because Ninja would dash off just to make the target feel safer and at the same time to prevent Ninja getting more agitated.
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For obvious reasons I do not have pictures of the following situations. I certainly would not risk him running off for a picture.
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In the next stage Ninjas muscles would be under tension and he would appear ready to dash off, but he would still stand still with his paws on the ground.
This should be the latest time for me to react, because it is still fairly easy to get through.
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Then Ninja would look ready to dash off and his paws would be lifted of the ground. A stern ‘Stop’ can still stop him here, but I would instantly go to him and hold him tight.
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Should I have missed all these indications and Ninja would actually dash off I can reliably recall Ninja using a really really loud “stop!”
This is so loud that it at times shakes the people that walk with us or may scare people, but you need to get through to the dog. At least that is how I comprehend it.
I always remember the wolves – that are timid by nature and avoid humans – dashing over a campsite dashing after a deer.
I believe that they are so focused on their target that the perception of everything else is extremely low.
With Ninja I can reliably recall him from wild animals using an extremely loud shout.
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I just do not want to use this super-recall more than needed to not wear it off. Recalling and securing Ninja sooner is just so much more easy for both of us 😊

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Comments

  1. Yes! I tell people you have to watch the dogs body language. The ears alone will immediately tell/show you that they’ve alerted to something.
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    This is very important to utilize while bikejoring with my husky Ekko. I’ve got to give the command “leave it” before he’s decided to chase. I constantly scan for animal distractions while keeping an eye on his body language. If I can tell him to leave it before he even really notices something, he does even better. For instance when I know we will be passing a house with a crate for stray cats outside, I can predict and keep him focused.
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    Thanks for sharing!

  2. He’s not only a beautiful dog but his expressions show so much intelligence. Just a stunning animal! I’m so happy he is loved so much. Every animal deserves love and care!

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