Don't give your dog "World Pup" fever!
It's been revealed that over half of us (55%)* are watching the World Cup with our dogs.
But it's not just us humans who get excited by Kane and co's antics on the field - our canine companions can also be affected by their owner's uncharacteristically strange behaviour. The best way to reassure your dogs that a goal celebration is positive behaviour is by giving them a treat every time England score a goal.
Our Canine Behaviour Officer Tamsin Durston, explains:
"Whilst some dogs will be chilled, others may get confused or even distressed by our out of character behaviour - like shouting at the TV or leaping from our sofas. Dogs can also mirror our behaviour, so if they start jumping up and joining in, they aren’t misbehaving they are saying “What’s going on?”
“It can be frustrating for owners if their dog is acting strangely but there are some easy ways to make sure your dog stays happy during the tournament. If you follow our advice and reward your dog for every England goal, your four-legged friend will be even more enthusiastic about England winning the World Cup than you are!”
We reveal our top tips to prepare your dog for the next game!
1. Fake it!
Find a game you are interested in, but not too passionate about to watch with your dog and practice jumping up from the sofa with a “not so loud” cheer .
As you jump up from the sofa, throw a handful of treats across the floor for your dog so he associates your actions with something positive for him. Repeat throughout the match and subsequent matches working up gradually to watching those matches with an outcome that means a lot to you so your dog will not be alarmed by your reaction.
3. Come on England!
Hopefully by the time you get to watch a match that you are passionate about - “Come on England!”- your dog will have learnt that you jumping up and down, flinging your arms around and loudly vocalising in a happy (or less than happy way), earns him treats. He may even start to enjoy the match as much as you do – even if it’s for a very different reason!
However, if your dog still appears worried ask someone who is not quite into the whole football thing to take them out or teach them to settle elsewhere.
*Dogs Trust Twitter poll of 2000 dog owners