Providing ongoing skin care to street dogs in a busy fish market in Sri Laka, especially ones not used to human contact requires patience, observation and understanding of dogs body language.
A dog centric approach
This young male lives in a fish market area, on our first encounter he was very stressed by our proximity, he is yawning, is visibly tense and choose to walk away which we respected.
As we work with him regularly using treats to build up his tolerance to human contact, we follow his lead and let him dictate the pace, When he appears uncomfortable we back off, these photos were all taken with a telephoto lens as a camera can also be a source of stress. Once he will happily allow us closer we can start treating his skin condition. Each treatment costs just £10, and after 3-4 treatments, he will fully recover.
Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen
In any relationship, clear communication is crucial. Globally Dogs suffer physically and emotionally and people get bitten when dog’s body language is misread or ignored. To tackle this often overlooked issue we are also working on a series of resources to help owners and those working with animals to “speak dog.” and improve their relationships.
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” ― Orhan Pamuk