The 5 Freedoms

February 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm 3 comments

When it comes to the animals in our lives, what’s the best way to show the love?  Owning two retail stores for dogs and cats, I could say (and given the impact the weather has had on sales, I probably should say) you really need to spend some money.  I’m always concerned with Zip’s happiness, but I’m not always clear on whether I’ve been successful (pugs have those worried faces).  I’m up for the new toy, and definitely for the healthy treats (I know that short term anyway, that works) but I want to know that I’m providing for his fundamental emotional welfare.  It’s the least I can do to say thanks for all the companionship, snorts (and snores), love and loyalty.  And laughs.  I’ve been reading  Dog Body, Dog Mind by Dr. Michael W. Fox, so I’ll share with you the 5 Freedoms.  Dr. Fox writes that to get a sense of your animal’s happiness quotient,  see how you’re doing in providing the 5 Freedoms:

1. Freedom hunger & thirst
2. Freedom from pain, injury & disease
3. Freedom from discomfort (eg, temperature extremes, uncomfortable floor surfaces
4. Freedom to express themselves naturally
5. Freedom from fear & distress

Simple and powerful.  Agree?

Advertisements

Entry filed under: animal & human relationships, Animal Welfare, anxiety in cats, anxiety in dogs. Tags: , , , , , , , , , .

Water Runs, Even in the Arctic What Touch Does

3 Comments Add your own

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by portlandspaws, kathy palmer. kathy palmer said: The 5 Freedoms http://wp.me/phZBv-br […]

  • 2. grandpetcare  |  February 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Does Dr. Fox give any advice on HOW to see how you’re doing when it becomes unclear in some of these areas? I think that for the novice dog owner, there are plenty of situations in which suffering in one of these areas isn’t all that obvious.

    But as a general rule for keeping us honest and fair and helping us to bear in mind the ways in which we can repay some of the fierce companionship we get from dogs, I like this list a lot 🙂

  • 3. kathy  |  February 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Yes, Dr. Fox does talk about behaviors that signal different kinds of emotional states. The book is mostly about emotional welfare….how they communicate, how they express grief, how they express affection, how they become attached, and so on. I’m still reading it; but it’s already given me a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, my relationship with my dog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Fetch Portland Photo Gallery

image

Spencer's puppy wrinkles made us all swoon! #dogsofinstagram #puppylove #puppies #portland #maine #thefishandbone

At just 9 weeks old, Spencer fits under our shelves! He got cozy in a moose @fabdoginc sweater and we got cozy with puppy snuggles :heart_eyes: #dogsofinstagram #portland #maine #thefishandbone #puppylove #cozy #fabdog

More Photos

Tweets

Past Posts

Archived Posts

Twitter Feed


%d bloggers like this: