The Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Dog Whisperer Dog Rehabilitation
I believe that humanity needs to know more about dog rehabilitation. Dogs are naturally social beings. When a dog goes bad it is usually humanity that has caused the problem. Unfortunately, much of humanity has not yet understood that almost all dogs can be rehabilitatated. Until, and if humanity 'gets-up-to-speed' on this concept, many dogs will continue to suffer, be misunderstood and many will be unnecessarily euthanized...
EDUCATION - DOG WHISPERER DOG REHABILITATION,
from the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer's perspective
learn, grow, create balance
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Learn about Dog Whisperer Dog Rehabilitation, the what, when, why, how
1. To help somebody to return to normal life - in this case dogs.
2. To help a dog to return to good health (spirit, body, soul) or a normal life by providing training or therapy...to help a dog return to a balanced, state-of-being.
NO DOG WANTS TO BE BAD
A dog in it's natural state is a social being and a pack animal with the potential inherent to get along with others. There are very few dogs born with 'bad wiring’. When a dog goes bad it is almost always a human who is responsible for the bad behaviour. Despite what some people think, no dog breeds are inherently aggressive, this includes Pit Bulls.
Very often, the person who has caused the state of unbalance in their dog has not done so intentionally. Most likely they have just not understood or met the real needs of their dog in the right amounts, in the right order.
In other cases, the dog may have been abused or neglected.
There are very few dogs who cannot be rehabilitated. Rehabilitation simply requires the right knowledge, patience, humility and understanding.
The dog does not want to be bad, it simply has not been presented with, or taught alternative ways to navigate it's way through situations.
REHABILITATION CURES and RESTORES
If a dog is anxious, obsessive, possessive or aggressive-reactive sometimes rehabilitation is required to help the dog return to a normal, balanced state-of-being.
Anxious, obsessive, possessive or aggressive behaviours are often a symptom of fear and insecurity or may simply be a result of lack of leadership. When a dog's true nature is or has not been honoured (an absence of leadership in the dog's life, failure to support by the guidelines of the Golden Rule); anxious, obsessive, aggressive and possessive behaviours are a common outcome.
Sometimes rehabilitation is a quick and simple process. Sometimes rehabilitation requires greater effort and time, persistance and dedication.
REHABILITATION ALWAYS REQUIRES
one or more of the following:
Honouring the dog in the dog = respecting the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the dog...the Golden Rule.
Defining, communicating and implementing rules, boundaries and limitations.
Changing negative associations to positive associations...facing and overcoming fears...creating, enabling and sustaining a normal, social, balanced state-of-being.
There have been many well known and respected people throughout history who have said that humans who endured in the face of great adversity carry many scars but it is these same people who have the most to contribute to society. I believe that the same can be said for the dog.
All dogs have so much that they are willing to share with humanity. If we are willing to open our minds to see, we can learn so much from them about ourselves. They can help us be more aware of our own behaviour and give us a second chance to grow into better, wiser and happier individuals. When you help a dog it is not just the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new opportunity...it is also the human.
Because dogs live in the moment it is easier to change a dog's 'bad habits' than it is a human's. Humans carry grudges, dogs do not. Dogs are very forgiving and treat each day, each experience as a new beginning. It is only with difficulty that we are able to convince, permit and allow ourselves to do the same.
To rehabilitate a human who has acute anxieties, fears or phobias they must be allowed to face their fears, they must be shown a method to cope so their fears can be neutralized. The same is so for dogs.
For example, if a dog had a bad experience at a certain place and left that place frightened he will always associate that place with a feeling of fright. If you work with the dog you can change how the dog associates and reacts to that person, place or thing.
A Dog is very adept at doing what needs to be done. On the other hand, present-day humans have switched priorities, tending to do what they want to do rather than what they need to do. This is another reason why the human is much more difficult to rehabilitate than the dog!
When I note the above;
I am referring to a dog whose natural state-of-being has not been negatively affected by humanity). I am referring to humankind as they once were as hunter/gatherers who, in order to survive had to do what needed to be done. Today with all the technologies that make our lives more convenient we have the leeway to make many choices, and as a result have become adept at choosing what we want instead of what we need.
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JORDIE, HIGH INTENSITY
German Shepherd x
dominating, dog aggressive
TASHA, HIGH INTENSITY
extreme separation anxiety, impulse to chase bicycles...
ZOEY, HIGH INTENSITY
excited, dominating, aggressive, yappy
ROBBIE, RED ZONE - OFF THE SCALE
insecure, fearful, people, dog, aggressive to an extreme
BUDDY, RED ZONE - 10
AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL
people aggressive, dog aggressive, obsessive, possessive
SARAH, RED ZONE - 8
German Shepherd x Husky
insecure, dominating, excited, people and dog aggressive, possessive
My pack can help you to understand more about these zones and rehabilitation.
Almost all of my dogs are rescues, they came to the pack with multiple issues. Some of them would have been euthanized had fate not presented me with the opportunity to take them into my pack. Their issues ranged in intensity from medium to extreme and beyond the red zone scale. Jacob and Carmen (the two smallest members of the pack), are not rescues. My only task with them (when they were puppies), was to bring them up properly by addressing typical, low intensity issues.
You can read their bios if you would like to learn more. The following is a partial breakdown of the issues that they came with. Their bios cover only some of the issues. For example, they all pulled on their leashes either moderately or intensely, this is gernerally not mentioned. The following breakdown will help you select the bios you are most interested in based on issues. You can click on their image to go to their bio.
German Shepherd x
Sheltie x Pomeranian
1. Mentally stable: in a state of mental and emotional
2. Healthy: containing different parts in suitable quantities
or suitably arranged to produce a satisfying and
Dogs require psychological rehabilitation when their natural state-of-being has been compromised to the point at which behaviour is harmful - psychologically and/or physically, to themselves and others.