By Jennifer Shryock
Family Paws Parent Education programs refers to crowded close quarters as “Grumble zones.” Grumble zones have 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.
Crowded spaces = Grumpy faces.
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.
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.
Always always supervise children and dogs! Even with grumble zones minimized you still must be SUPERvising your child when your dog is around.
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