Have you ever thought about how your own physical and emotional health affects your dog? Dr. Edward Bassingthwaighte, BVSc, discusses how profoundly our own health affects our dog’s. Including how often he sees owners and dogs with the same exact health problems! What can be done about this? Dr. Edward discusses ways to help turn this around.
Patience and Time—the Keys to Successfully Integrating a Rescue Dog with Your Resident Pets: One Dog’s Amazing Story
This is the story of a dog that came from a cruel background—from treatment that caused extreme fear —beyond what most of us will ever witness. But it’s also the story of two people who were determined to make the adoption of this extremely fearful dog work, especially in regards to integrating him with their resident dog. The fearful dog was seized from dog fighters. Both dogs in this story are pit bull mixes – a breed type that is greatly misunderstood and probably suffers more abuse and neglect in the US than any other breed type. But this couple knew better, and they invested the key ingredients to making any adoption work—patience and time.
If they could successfully integrate a dog with severe behavioral issues (extreme fear to the point of being almost non-functional) with their resident dog (and cats) and help him gain confidence so that he enjoys his life much more, imagine what other adopters of rescue dogs could do if they commit the time and patience needed to integrate their new dog into their family and home.
Whether a dog was chained outside, or came from the streets or from some other rough background, they can be successfully transformed into pet dogs with the right handling and care from both their rescue and their adopters.
Kristi Benson and Linda Green discuss key lessons for setting up rescued dogs for success. Both are certified trainers by Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers. Linda runs Unidos Para Los Animales (“United for Animals”) in Antigua Guatemala and Kristi previously ran Parkland Husky Rescue in Manitoba, Canada.
Meet some of these dogs! And enjoy the gorgeous photos of Antigua.
Alpha-Hund. Alpha-Rolle Rudelführer. Hierarchie packen. Rang packen Unsere unerschrockene Bloggerin Tanya Hawkes aus Wales, Großbritannien, nimmt das kontroverse Thema Dominanztheorie auf. Warum gibt es diese veraltete und schädliche Theorie noch? Tanya bespricht, woher es kam, wie es unseren Hunden schadet und warum es bestehen bleibt.
Dogs’ tendency to behave like dogs has become frowned upon these days – it is not uncommon that their barking, chewing, chasing, digging, jumping, growling, snarling and biting is labeled “abnormal.” Dogs are suspected to have psychological problems when in fact their only problem is that we routinely assign thoughts and intentions to our dogs which exist in our imagination only. Australian dog Trainer Sylvie Martin of Crosspaws delivers another unflinchingly clear vision of how we humans can greatly increase our own happiness as well as our dogs’ by better understanding and respecting the nature of our furry friends rather than constantly projecting human intentions onto their behaviors, which only leads to conflict and stress for both parties.
“My dog is stubborn!” “My dog has an attitude.” “My dog is needy.” “My dog is acting guilty.” Have you ever used one of these phrases? Heard someone else say it? We humans tend to project our human qualities onto other species, including dogs. Dogs aren’t stubborn, mean, brats, guilty-looking, out for revenge, or needy in the sense the word is usually used. When we let go of human-like labels and treat and train our dogs like the amazing, unique species that they are, it deepens our bond with them, sets up realistic expectations, and opens the door to a much happier and cozier existence. Dog trainer extraordinaire, Kristi Benson, discusses what our dogs’ behavior actually means when we label them things like “stubborn,” and how we can set them up for success when we stop anthropomorphizing them.