Saturday, 12 November 2011

AGGRESSIVE DOG BREEDS? REALLY…

Over the centuries humans have selectively bred dogs for both physical and behavioral traits.  

Sometimes the goal was to achieve a loyal, strong, dog with stamina and intelligence that could be taken into war, or employed as a guard dog.

It is humanity that has created all of these breeds yet it is humanity that mishandles them, disrespecting the dog’s needs and requirements and when things go wrong it is the dog that is blamed, it is the breed that is blamed.

So many dogs have been put to death needlessly, while the humans who altered the dog's natural, balanced state of being, walks away; never taking any responsibility for what they have done.

Some breeds have been completely stigmatized. The best example is probably the Pit Bull.

Other breeds although not so utterly condemned have been similarly stigmatized as aggressive and not to be trusted.

For example the German Shepherd and Rottweiler, Dobermans and Boxers...the list includes many.
 
My Boxer x Pit Bull, Robbie
So what is really wrong with these breeds - nothing.  
They may have amazing compressive jaw strength, superior overall body strength and astounding agility, intelligence, sensitivity, oh yes and trainability.

Robbie is such a happy boy now!
And therein lays the problem.

When the wrong people, for the wrong reasons acquire these beautiful animals - the nature of who they were supposed to be, is disrupted.  The dog is taught to use its natural abilities for harm instead of good. The dog has little choice and the human has powerful tools (cruelty, abuse to name a few) to ensure compliance. Then the dog is called bad and aggressive. When in fact it is the human who is bad and aggressive, lacks ethics, morals, sensitivity and the ability to delineate between right and wrong - warped really.

Robbie has a dear and generous soul
Invariably it is the dog who suffers most, misunderstood, euthanized - what was the point of its being born? Only to suffer and not live to its true potential; blocked from its natural inclination to share and love. And the human who has created such injustice, walks away to obtain another dog to warp.

Humans that have dedicated their time to working with dogs whose natural state has been compromised (by adverse treatment at the hands of other humans) know from direct experience that the dog is not to blame and that almost all dogs can with patience, respect, persistence and the right knowledge be returned to their original balanced state of being.

My Boxer Robbie is one such example 

Robbie sharing his favorite bench with one of my cats

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Notes:
Please note - this article is for information purposes and is not a substitute for an in-person Session with me. When working with dogs I use many techniques - it is important to note that this article may touch on one or several techniques but not all. I select the technique that I use for a particular dog based on my observations of the dog and an intuitive, instinctive assessment of that dog's and its human's individual requirements. For example when I am working with a dog that is hyper sensitive and very physically reactive I will not use voice or touch. I use a lot of therapeutic touch on some dogs, others require the use of herding techniques and so on. Each and every technique must be combined with:
  • an understanding of the real intelligence, sensitivity and capability of dogs;
  • an understanding of how to read a dog's face and a dog's overall body language;
  • an understanding of the full spectrum of ways that humans communicate and dogs communicate; 
  • understanding and recognition of the individual that is each dog - no two dogs are the same...taking a 'cookie cutter' approach to techniques is not the way to work with a dog;
  • a complete recognition and understanding of all the elements that feed a behaviour and create an issue:
    •  the vast majority of people can only identify one or two elements...which vastly inhibits the ability to resolve behavior issues;
    • behaviours do not exist in isolation - there are always many elements that feed a single behaviour, there all always multiple behaviours that create a behavioral issue;
  • self-restraint and discipline on the part of the human who is directing the dog;
  • sensitivity, awareness, intuition, instinct and timing on the part of the human who is directing the dog;
    • to understand, connect with and adapt quickly and effectively to a dog's learning requirements you must be able to employ the same tools a dog uses - acute sensitivity, awareness, instinct, intuition and timing;
  • kindness, endurance, consideration, patience, persistence, perspective, the ability and know how to let the past go, the ability to set realistic expectations at any one point in time;
  • the creation of structure, rules, boundaries and limitations for each situation at the macro and micro level;
  • understanding of all the elements that make up an instruction and direction to a dog...there are multiple steps involved in an instruction - not just one!
  • absolute honesty - if you cannot be honest with yourself you will not be able to communicate clearly with a dog.
These are just some of the techniques that I teach my clients - it is a holistic, all-encompassing approach. If you are missing any one element of the above mentioned your success rate will be affected to one degree or another in implementing the techniques offered in the article presented above.





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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

Karen Rosenfeld
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats

karen@ottawavalleydogwhisperer.ca

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