THE RIGHT COMBINATION: Want to change challenging canine behavior? Release stress first.
The first step most take with a problematic canine is jumping right to a behavior modification program and/or skills applications process, when the reality is that a dog may not be in a state of learning due to distress or chronic/acute stress. The Canine Emotional Detox (CED) provides a step-by-step stress protocol, the right combination of elements and is focused on releasing stress first.
The Canine Emotional Detox differs from other books on stress because it focuses on the right combination of elements to reduce stress and to date has over 700 permission-based cases.
Diane Garrod, PCT-A, BScj, FF1, CC1, is a founding member of the Pet Professional’s Guild for Force Free Trainers (PPG), and provides private consultations working with dog aggression and behavior cases through Canine Transformations Learning, WA State. Canine Transformations is home to the Canine Emotional Detox (CED): the first systematic stress release program for challenging dogs with over 700 cases researched.
Diane is an expert in aggression and behavior issues with multiple certifications, which includes resource guarding and working with dog that have behavior challenges with people and other dogs. Diane is admin of groups “Force Free Trainers: Solving the Aggression and Behavior Puzzle”; The “Canine Emotional Detox: Stress release for challenging canines”; “Canine Behavior Analysis and Science”; “RV Dogs On The Road: Training Tips and Tricks” Facebook groups.
Diane is a writer for Barks from the Guild and Author of Stress Release: For Dogs, The Canine Emotional Detox available wherever books are sold. She is working on two upcoming books based on dogs who guard resources and solving the aggression/behavior puzzle.
Everyday stress seeps into our lives, from baby formula shortages to high prices from gas to food. There doesn't seem to be an end in sight. The fallout is stress.
Stress in dogs escalates when their needs are not being met. What can we do for our dogs, if our own needs aren't being met?
We can focus on things that cost little to nothing, like providing resting sleep for our dogs setting the stage with soft music, chews, cozy beds, warmth. The household can be a safe haven for humans and dogs by providing a place that is stress free.
What is comforting? What can provide for immediate needs. This can make a huge difference coping with stresses experienced outside the home.
Focus on today, on providing daily toy play, which can also bring joy.
Focus on dog's sensory needs. It is in the simplicity of caring for dogs in our lives, that we reciprocally can find joy to release stress in our own complicated lives.
Focus on getting out, exercising and providing activities that mentally tire, while allowing the building relationships.
Dogs can help us to enjoy life and to put what is important into perspective. Stress is today's reality, but looking to our dog's and their needs, can help us survive another day.
Stress might be looked at as the equivalent to human burn out. Stress can cause a dog to be more likely to react or aggress and to exhibit a few other behaviors, such as licking, over-barking, hyperactivity and more. Stress in dogs is a reality trainers face working with highly challenging dogs.