Every dog is completely different each having their own unique individual personality. We connect with them because we love and can relate to this aspect of who they are. This is one of the best gifts and experiences since it is so pure and unconditional. The truth is that our dogs are not humans and humanizing them too much can cause, lead to or exacerbate any behavior problems they are having regardless of how well intentioned we are. Understanding their perspective through dog psychology and being able to communicate in a way that they trust, respect and understand is just as important as the love, joy, affection and laughs we share with them every day. When we understand who they are as a predator, dog and personality is when we truly begin to connect and resolve any issues we're having with them. Knowing how to be, approach and react in the moment enables us to feel confident, calm and in control which in turn helps our dogs to truly feel safe, protected and relaxed.
I have grown up with dogs at different points of my life but adopted my own first personal dog named Murphy when I was 19. If you've ever heard the saying you get the dog you need not the dog you want well my situation was a perfect example of that. To make a long story short Murphy came into my life and challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. He had a laundry list of issues from pretty major aggression/reactivity to mounting/jumping on just about any living being in his sight (not exaggerating). He pushed me to face many of my own fears, insecurities, frustrations and taught me about patience, understanding, leadership as well as many other things. The relationship and connection that we gained as well as the experience I had is what led me to finding and realizing that I had a natural instinct to help people and their dogs. It's an amazing thing to see people have a more balanced relationship with their dog/s and all of the awesome things that come with it. I have been helping people with their dogs professionally for 10 years now and have helped/rehabilitated thousands of dogs through families/owners and rescue organizations. Many different breeds big and small with all issues ranging from minor to severe. I love teaching people about dogs as well as who they are and need to be with them. The reward is seeing the added happiness and joy people get to experience with their dogs and in their life. Understanding them comes first, then the how and what to do becomes easy and makes sense.
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