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The Importance of Handling Your Dog

The Importance of Handling Your Dog

Handling Your Dog

On this episode, Scott and Jess talk about how important it is for you to get your dog used to letting you handle them. This includes brushing, tooth brushing, nail clipping and other activities.

Topics discussed include:

• Dog tip of the day
• The key is to start while your dog is young – don’t wait until it’s absolutely necessary
• Should I buy a muzzle for my dog?
• Getting you do used to the muzzle should also be done before it’s necessary
• Jess and Scott talk about some of the challenges they’ve faced with clients’ dogs
• Nail clipping seems to be the most problematic activity for owners
• Jess shares an example of how handling can help save the day
• Being able to handle you dog can help avoid general anesthesia in the future
• Scott shares another example of how having your dog used to handling can help
• Handling really helps the relationship between you and your dog
• Scott and Jess share some exercises owners can do with their dogs to get them used to handling

Have you ever wondered why your dog behaves a certain way? Are there things you need help with or support? Join Scott and Jess Williams each week as they explore these and other topics.

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You Can’t Outrun Crazy

Recently a young couple came into our facility with a high-energy hound mix. The dog was rescued in Tennessee and driven up to New England.  This is their first dog, and they want to provide him with the best care possible. 

Every morning around 6AM, one of them gets up early and takes the dog for a sunrise run. The morning run helps to quell the dog’s barking when they leave for work. Later in the morning, a dog walker comes and takes the dog out of a small mudroom for a 30 minute walk. 

At 3PM, another dog professional comes to the house and takes the dog for a pack walk in a wooded area, which the company claims is important for socialization. When the owners return home from work at 6PM, the dog is still rearing to go. The running shoes come back out, and the dog goes for another three to five mile jog. 

This routine seemed to calm the dog and worked for them for a few months, but now the dog is having more difficulty settling down at night. They shared how the dog violently protested his crate from the very beginning and sleeps in bed with them instead. Recently, the dog has begun waking up at 2AM and begins pacing. 

This behavior made the couple concerned that the dog may need to go out to pee, so one of them takes the dog outside. After a quick potty, the dog then wants to play. Now the couple is utterly exhausted. They are trying their absolute best to be good first time dog owners but feel that they should be doing more for the dog. However, there simply isn’t enough time in the day!

After working with the dog described above, it became very obvious that this couple was dealing with a rescue that was exhibiting anxiety. Exercise alone will do little to remedy this problem. You cannot outrun crazy! At best, you will create a highly fit canine athlete that will only be able to recover quicker and in fact begin to demand more from you. 

Giving the dog up was simply not an option for them. This couple is committed to saving the dog from a shelter and possible euthanasia. So, how much exercise does a young healthy dog need? The answer is not nearly as much as one might think. Thirty minutes a day of rigorous exercise like chasing a ball or going for a run is plenty for most dogs. And if you can’t do that every single day, you are not a terrible dog owner! 

Dogs sleep quite a bit! In a recent article, it was mentioned that many adult dogs sleep during half of our waking hours. A mentally stable adult dog will live in a state of rest until activated to engage from their environment. This goes for working breeds as well. Hunting dogs, herders, and working dogs will rest until it’s time to work. They are extreme in their working state, but when they are not working, they act similar to any other pet dog. And yes, the dogs that are bred for extremes will be more difficult to live with, but these extremes are on the outer fringe of the norm. Additionally, people who get involved with these types of dogs typically have a passion for fostering that type of working relationship with their dog(s). 

The reasons that dogs develop anxiety vary greatly. There is a huge difference between situational anxiety and a chronic disorder of the mind. However, fortunately, both can be helped! The road to recovery can be long, but the alternative is not an option for many. The owner must follow strict protocols, potentially for the entire life of the dog. A healthy diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and a structured lifestyle will go a long way in rehabilitating even the most difficult of cases.

There are also various drugs prescribed by veterinarians and behaviorists for dogs suffering from anxiety. If your dog is currently on medications and you have seen a night and day improvement, we would love to hear your story. We simply have not seen much, if any, success with the medications. We have been working with anxious dogs for years. It’s no picnic, but we have lived it and have seen the positive results through training and behavior modification over and over again. 

If you can personally resonate with any aspect of this couple’s story or if you are interested in learning more about this trending topic, SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE WEBINAR. We will be going live next Thursday, August 29th at 7PM EST to more deeply explore anxiety in dogs and provide you with some solutions to immediately begin helping your dog to become more calm. Look forward to seeing you there!

The Story of Sarge

The Story of Sarge

The Story Of Sarge

My wife and I are lying in bed; it’s 6:30am. It’s the first morning that our old dog Sarge (a 13yr old Belgian Malinois) is not in bed with us. Every morning for the past few months, my wife, Jess, would check on Sarge around 5am, listening for him to drink water or begin to stir. Then she would quickly encourage him with “C’mon Boy!” and spring to her feet to help him. After taking him to pee, Sarge would get his old dog pills and spend the next hour sleeping between us. Getting up onto the bed went from a hop up to using steps to a ramp to my wife picking up a 75 pound Malinois and putting him on the bed. We clung to small rituals as though they would hold off the inevitable. We wanted our old dog to feel as though life was ok even if he needed a little help here and there. His strength and proprioception were slipping away, but his spirit and attitude were strong.

Sarge was diagnosed with an aortic tumor 11 months ago. It was found through an ultrasound when we were trying to figure out why his liver was close to failing. At that time, Sarge was 12 years old. We were told by our western vet that there weren’t a lot of options. We decided to treat Sarge holistically. I would urge any skeptics of TCVM or even energy healing to consider this perspective. Alternative therapies work similarly to western medicine when it comes to terminal conditions. Some are cured, others see noticeable results, and some see no benefit. I recently had a doctor tell me this, and it helped me understand and better accept alternative treatments. Up to this point in my life, my perception of many things was very black and white. It works or it’s bullshit. If it’s fake then these ‘doctors’ are quacks; they are just taking people’s money, selling herbs and hope to desperate people.

I can tell you as a side note that my mom passed away from cancer a few years ago, and she went the conventional route for treatment. After many chemotherapy treatments, steroids, weeks of dialysis, and hundreds of doctor visits, she didn’t get cured. My mom responded to the treatments, and they did prolong her life. But, her ‘end of life’ stage was brutal, and I’d never put one of my dogs through that hell. We all will be faced with hard choices when we commit to caring for a dog. There are difficult emotional decisions that will need to be made along the way as well as various ethical and financial responsibilities. Regardless of the type of medicine you choose, the days will come when we all need to be there for our old dogs.

When Sarge began having trouble with pain, we tried CBD. It didn’t show any measurable results. We decided to make the leap to using cannabis oil that contained THC as well as CBD. We made it ourselves at home and began giving him tiny doses. It helped a great deal. He slept better and the muscles in his shoulders stopped twitching. It was really impressive. We started giving him the oil twice a day. It was well worth the expense and hassle of making it. Over the past year we also did acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, acupressure, laser therapy, underwater treadmill, biking, walking, swimming, Tong Ren healing, and many other treatments on a regular basis. It was a whirlwind of appointments with more good days than bad. We also spoiled the old boy rotten. He got more pizza crust and Puppuccinos than I’m comfortable admitting. In the end, we would not have changed a thing. We were determined to focus on quality of life. Sarge had a great life!

His younger years were spent with his mom traveling the country doing canine entertainment at state fairs and halftime shows at sporting events. He could jump over a 58” hurdle! He was more athletic than many Malinois that I have seen, but more importantly, he was a sweet dog. I found that unusual for a Malinois. I had raised and trained several before I met Sarge. None were as social or as outgoing as he was. My dogs were always hard, edgy, and a bit dangerous to be honest. Thankfully, he wound up with my wife. They were really the perfect pair. She understood his nature and his needs. He protected her while she pumped gas alone at truck stops across the country.

Now all the rituals and routines have come to an abrupt end. Yesterday
Sarge woke up and had a good drink of water. He seemed to be on yet another upswing. But later in the morning, he lost all feeling in his back legs. He likely threw a blood clot, but it doesn’t matter why. The time had come for us to make that final trip. Now he’s gone. There is an emptiness. We had to pick up all his soiled bedding. The place where he slept for the past year is now just open floor. My heart is broken. I miss him so much. But I am a better person because of that dog. He brought out the best in me as a person. I will never forget the love he gave us. I needed a dog like Sarge in my life. He taught me how to be a kinder person and to accept real feelings of love, empathy, and compassion. Thanks, Sarge, for coming into my life and sharing so many beautiful moments. You have touched my life deeply, and I am forever changed. Thank you also to all the vets, practitioners, and friends for your constant and heartfelt support throughout his journey.

Peace,
Scott

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Energy Healing Involving Your Dog

Energy Healing Involving Your Dog

Dogs are extremely influenced by our emotions. If we are feeling slightly anxious, it is likely that our dogs will in turn display some anxious behavior as well. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a therapeutic treatment that uses acupressure points to relieve pain and stress. Below is a way to use EFT to relieve your stress brought on by your dog’s behavior.

Step 1: Assess your subjective unit of distress as it relates to your dog’s behavior using a 0-10 scale. Zero would signify no problem while ten would indicate extreme distress. Be sure to pick a number before moving on to step two.

Step 2: Create a “set up a statement” that is specific to your dog’ behavior and how it affects you. An example of a set up statement pertaining to your dog could be, “Even though my dog [Rover] is anxious in his crate, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” You also could make the set up statement reflect yourself. For example, “Even though I’m feeling [anxious] because [Rover] is in his crate, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” Repeat this statement three times while tapping the karate chop point shown below with four fingers from your opposite hand.

Step 3: Come up with a “reminder phrase” from the above set up statement. This phrase will describe how you are feeling. For instance, your reminder phrase might be “I’m so anxious” or “Rover is so anxious.” Tap on all seven points shown below on your body below while repeating your reminder phrase. The abbreviated points correspond to the body as follows: top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, chest bone, and under arm.

Step 4: After you have tapped on all seven points below while repeating your reminder phrase each time, take a deep relaxing breath.

Step 5: Now go back and reassess your level of distress again on a 0-10 scale. Your number will ideally be lower. Repeat the above steps until you are at a zero. You will experience a calmer state of mind and feel better. Repeat this process a few times per day until the emotional effects of the problem you are dealing with are gone. Here is a video below with Gary Craig, founder of EFT, walking you through the process.

New to EFT? Did this blogpost inspire you to try tapping on your stress for the first time? Comment on your experience below!

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Why Water Intake Matters?

Why Water Intake Matters?

Dog Anxiety Related To Water

Canine anxiety is on the rise. Dogs express anxiety through dozens of different behaviors. An anxious dog may whine, bark, wander around aimlessly, follow his owner from room to room, have random potty accidents in the house, or may always appear eager to go somewhere—anywhere—for no apparent reason at all. Throughout our years of experience in the dog world, we have discovered that anxiety and water are often very closely related. Anxious dogs can become obsessed about drinking water. A dog may be trying to relieve the physical symptoms of his anxiety through drinking. The drinking then becomes psychologically comforting as well. In these circumstances, it is best to limit the dog’s access to water when and if you see your dog engaging in this type of behavior and maintain a strict water schedule with him. And although extremely rare, it is important to mention that certain dogs soothe their anxiety by drinking everything offered to them at all times. These special cases require owners to measure water portions as well as administer the water on a schedule sometimes for the lifetime of the dog.

We are firm believers in using crates to help manage a dog’s behavior and implement structure into a dog’s life. We advise crating your dog overnight, while you are away, for meals, and at least one hour per day when you are home. However, allowing your dog access to water in the crate may intensify his symptoms of anxiety in the crate. For the logistics of administering water in the crate, we would recommend using a non-tip bowl or a bucket. If you are looking for a bucket that your dog can’t easily spill or displace when empty, these Kennel Gear buckets are awesome! If your dog is able to knock his water over in his crate, the signs of his anxiety will likely increase because now he is wet and uncomfortable. He may begin whining, barking, or even trying to break out of his crate. For this situation, it is best to limit your dog’s water intake inside the crate and offer him water exclusively outside of the crate.

Another scenario involving anxiety in the crate would be if you leave your dog water in the crate, and even though he doesn’t spill it, he still appears to be more anxious in the presence of water. It is our belief this occurs for two reasons. First, the water gives the dog something to do in his crate to alleviate his anxiety—drink. Drinking may pacify him at first, but then drinking may in fact increase his anxiety because it is giving him an outlet. If he feels stress, then he drinks a few sips of water. Engaging in the activity of drinking begins perpetuating the anxiety. By limiting the water, your dog has fewer options of exhibiting anxious behavior. Secondly, drinking water can in fact increase drooling, whining, and similar anxious indicators solely based on a dog having extra moisture in his mouth.

We would never recommend giving a dog full access to water in a crate right out of the gate. Try crating your dog without water for a specified amount of time. Then introduce water for only 5-10 minutes, and note any negative behavior changes from your dog. If the water doesn’t seem to adversely affect your dog’s behavior in the crate then gradually work up to your dog having full access to water. The same rules apply for bedding in the crate. Just like with water, as a dog owner, you first want to see a baseline of calm behavior in a crate before introducing a blanket to make the crate more comfortable for him. Digging in the bedding can increase anxiety. Allowing your dog to shred his bed is allowing the dog to rehearse anxious behavior. And most seriously, if the dog ingests the bedding, not only is he acting anxious when destroying the bedding, but he could now also be at risk for an intestinal or bowel obstruction because of swallowing a foreign object.

This article by no means applies to all dogs. Certain adult dogs can have full access to water 24-7 without any fallout. Of course if it is extremely hot out and your dog has been exercising outdoors, you will offer your dog additional water if you routinely keep him on a strict water schedule. These tips are intended to help those with dogs who suffer from anxiety see a potential correlation between anxiety and water. If your dog is displaying any of the anxious behaviors mentioned, be conscious of the severity of these symptoms. Be present to the role water plays in affecting your dog’s anxiety levels both in and out of the crate. If you have any questions about the topics addressed in this article or if you can personally relate to any of the issues presented, please feel free to comment below. 

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Why Water Intake Matters?

If your dog is always thirsty, it could be a sign of mental instability. When obsessive behaviors like drinking begin to control your dog, it’s important you intervene. There may be a hidden message in your dog’s drinking habits. 

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