Spent five days learning from these two amazing people. This is Jonathan Czinder and Cole Lasher from Oregon Tails. They have developed an incredible skill set that allows them to walk 30+ dogs off leash. They accomplish this intimate connection between themselves and the dogs without the use of e-collars or treats. They have a beautiful Instagram account that shows them on adventures with these large groups of dogs. I highly recommend you check them out! ... See MoreSee Less
Please read this with compassion for dogs in your heart, and not human ideas in your mind. 🤗🛇 Use your Manners! 🛇 The Sniff test - Stop doing that! The sniff test - a badly engrained habit that society has been taught, without a clear understanding of what they're actually doing.
🚩When you reach out towards a dog, you are using body pressure AT them, giving them no time to assess whether you are safe & whether they require further investigation to pick up your information. You are forcing an interaction of a relationship that hasn't had time to develop. To some dogs, this is quite rude & the reason a lot of dogs snap at or bite people. This can cause alot of behavioral issues because of layered stress due to forced interactions.
🚩If they are on lead, they have no where to go if they are sensitive to spacial pressure, so can end up shutting down, shying away or snapping at your hand so you back off. This is an example of how a dog is now using pressure to turn off pressure & make you back off so they aren't so stressed.
🚩People think by offering your hand it can give the dog time to sniff to know you're friendly... they can sniff without being forced to sniff your hand.Their noses are far more superior than ours & they don't need close contact forced upon them to smell you.
🚩Some dogs might not want to know you. You have no relationship with them and that's perfectly fine. They aren't your dog so you don't need to touch them or steal pats for your own satisfaction.
🤔 If you are meeting a dog, what should you do? ⚠Ask the owner if you can interact with their dog. Not all people want strangers touching their dogs. Especially strangers who you are unlikely to see again. ⚠Stand up straight & relaxed, with your hands at your side. ⚠Ignore the dog & talk to the owner. ⚠Don't stare at the dog & don't try to force an interaction by going in for a pat. If the dog wants to know you, it will come up to you & sniff around. Usually they will move away & then come back for a second sniffathon. Some dogs will bunt your hands & wag their tails, which are good signs that you're likely an accepted new friend. Give them a few slow pats down their back (NOT THEIR HEAD) & then stop. Is the dog happy? Has it accepted your interaction? This will determine whether you can give it more pats.
🐶This is a more stress free option for dogs & a reason why in consultations we can develop a good level of trust, especially with fearful dogs & aggressive dogs, without a bunch of negative side effects from forced interactions. ... See MoreSee Less
This cutie is named Diesel. He has a laid back energy and responds well to direction. He likes to cuddle up with people, as well as, go on adventures and see new places. It has been suggested that he be an only dog in his new home. Further information will be available on Diesel when he is living in a foster home.
If interested in fostering Diesel, please contact Leon County Humane Society at (850)224-9193. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Finn! Finn is 14 weeks old. She is in her prime socialization period of eight to sixteen weeks. This is when puppies should be exposed to as many sights, sounds, textures, obstacles, objects, situations and people as possible to help them grow into confident adult dogs. It's a small window of time that often gets overlooked. Since Finn does not have all of her shots yet, we are socializing her in very controlled environments. The car is one such environment. A car ride can help the puppy see the world from a safe place. They get exposed to kinds of sights, sounds, situations, people and objects during car rides. You can take your puppy through drive-thrus. You can also go sit in a parking lot with the windows downs, as the puppy watches the action around them. In addition, dogs learn how to behave in the car. One big mistake people make is to only take the puppy in the car when it is time to go to the vet. This can create a bad association with the the car, if the puppy doesn't like going to the vet. Finn is a quick learner and doing a fantastic job. ... See MoreSee Less
When the Wakulla Animal Shelter called me to help Wyatt, they told me that Wyatt was in a life or death situation. If I couldn't help Wyatt control his over excitement, he would not get adopted and would undoubtedly be euthanized.
Wyatt was so overexcited that he would jump up on people and hurt them. When out on a walk, he wrapped himself around a handler and pulled really hard leaving massive bruising on her legs. He was way out of control.
Wyatt's beginning in life was a hard one. He was isolated outside in a small makeshift crate.
Wyatt worked really hard to make great strides in a short amount of time.
Then, Wyatt's dream of having a family and a home came true. A kind family wanted to make Wyatt a part of their family, despite the challenges they would face incorporating him into his home. They were open to my suggestions and followed them.
I'm happy to report that Wyatt's first night in his new home went very well. He has started to play with his new, Great Dane brother. He has a large, fenced-in backyard to run around in. He is loved.
Such a happy ending for a very deserving dog!❤Best way to end the week ever! WHITEY, now known as WYATT, got adopted today! He was one of those dogs with no manners but with a willingness to please. He was just so darn excited when he was getting attention, he didn't care who he jumped on or over! We are so thankful for the hours of patient help, understanding and training that Melissa from Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training provided for him. Also a big thank you to the Lathem family who have decided to make Wyatt a part of their home. They understand his issues and will continue working with Melissa at home, just to make a smooth transition. Wyatt has a Great Dane as a new brother (who approved the adoption). We look forward to some pictures from home soon! Thank you all! Woohoo! ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Mak. Wakulla Animal Services called me because Mak's adopters were considering returning Mak to the shelter. Mak was having separation anxiety. He would bark, whine and destroy his crate and objects in his crate. Mak's adopters felt that Mak needed a family that had someone home during the day. Even though it would break their heart to return him, they wanted him to have a happy life.
After working with Mak's adopters, I'm happy to say that Mak will not be going back to the shelter! Here is the latest update from Mak's adopters:
"Doing good! I think he's enjoying the quarantine haha. When gab and I were both working and gone all day he was still doing so well staying out in the living room all day. Not tearing anything up at all and generally calm when we'd leave and get back.
You're guidance was a huge help and we still use quite a few of the things you showed us everyday! Seriously, thanks a million."
Yay, Mak!!! I greatly appreciate the work the adopters put in, and their desire to give Mak a happy life. ... See MoreSee Less
This was a complement I recently received from a stranger that I crossed paths with on a hike with my dogs. That's the highest level of complement that I can receive. One of my dogs is highly fearful and was dog aggressive. My other dog was dog reactive. Now, you can see why that is a high level complement. The goal of Dog Psychology is to create calm and balance for dogs. That's why I train all my clients' and their dogs using Dog Psychology.
This video was filmed today at Cascades Park. There is loud construction going on across from where we are sitting. Can you guess who is the fearful dog?
I hope this encourages you to bring fulfillment and balance to your dog's life. 🐶❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Dogs need challenges and mental stimulation. The LickiMat provides both. Here is a video of my dogs' experience with the LickiMat. **Spoiler Alert** They loved it! Keep your dogs happy! ... See MoreSee Less
It is fun to take your dog out to eat with you. Don't think you can? All it takes is some work. My Jack Russell was dog reactive and my Pitbull has extreme anxiety. They can go lots of places now. The work you put in will reap you and your dogs lots of rewards!! And doughnuts!😊
Meet Lola! Lola's human contacted me because Lola would bark, lunge, and has bitten people when out on a walk. Many dogs with these issues become isolated and don't get their much need walk. Luckily, Lola's human did not want that kind of life for Lola. They have both worked hard and it is paying off. Here are a couple of the many shining moments Lola had today on our walk. Lola was walking past people without incident. Let's hear it for Lola and her human!! 🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
I have been working with a dog named Bronson at Wakulla Animal services. I wanted to create this video for two reasons. First I wanted to show Bronson's potential and advocate for him. Second, I wanted to help people to see that pity and sorrow is not what fearful dogs need. I was able to help Bronson in 4 visits. I never used treats. I earned his trust by showing him that I understood him. He is still a very fearful dog and will always be a fearful dog. But, that doesn't mean he can't learn to trust and love his people. It also doesn't mean that he won't have a fulfilling life with lots of adventures. It just means that he needs patience, time and understanding. Please advocate for fearful dogs, don't pity them. Also, please feel free to share and help Bronson get adopted!!!
Heading home after volunteering for Training Cesar's Way Fundamentals 2 course at The Dog Psychology Center. It is such a magical place to visit. I always leave feeling calm and loved. Most importantly, I leave wanting to help more dogs have balanced and fulfilled lives. ... See MoreSee Less
I had an amazing time learning from Linn Boyke a couple weeks ago. He flew to Tallahassee and spent five days teaching me more about Dog Psychology. Linn worked with Cesar Millan before Cesar had his TV show. Once Cesar started "The Dog Whisperer", all Cesar's clients went to Linn. Linn has 20+ years experience in Dog Psychology and started The School of Dog Psychology. He has adapted his own style and techniques, and I was honored to learn from one of the best in the field. You can learn more about Linn Boyke on Facebook. In addition, he has many great videos on YouTube. ... See MoreSee Less
We had a great puppy social last Saturday. Here is 12 week old Kelsey exploring new sights, sounds and smells. She seems very comfortable and curious. That is exactly what we hope to see with puppies. Her humans are making sure that Kelsey has lots socialization during her peak socialization period before it expires between 13-16 weeks. ... See MoreSee Less