Ears back, pleading eyes. This is what dogs have learned to do over the past few centuries to get to sleep in bed, eat gourmet food, and get showered with love and treats. This is why dogs sleep in beds and raccoons don’t. Dogs know what we want from them.
In the past two years, more than 23 million dogs were adopted to comfort people during the pandemic. They did their usual excellent job. But many are in trouble now.
As lives become more regular and people return to work, many dogs are victims. Millions are being returned to shelters; others need training, love, and understanding. History tells us that when people get dogs hurriedly or in a panic, they have no real idea what dogs are like. They often panic and send them back to real danger.
It is the historical fate of dogs to help us when we need them but to be abandoned when we don’t.
When people find out that having a dog means working and patience, and self-awareness, dogs have trouble. This is why I’ve launched my dog support program on the blog. The idea is to help people and their dogs as they collide in this unprecedented way. (911 was close.) If you are having a problem with a new or old dog, please consider contacting me through my dog support application,
Give the dogs a chance.
Dog walkers and trainers, and vets report they are being swamped by people needing help with canine behavioral problems and human emotional issues. I’d love to try and help if I can. I charge $65 for a half hour and will stick with people for no charge beyond that. I am not a professional trainer or a vet, so I charge much less than they do.
As a dog counselor, I come in between the vets and the trainers; most dog problems can be healed when we understand the emotional and attachment dynamics between them and us. To me, this is positive reinforcement training at its best. It’s true; it’s usually a human problem.
Many people give up on their new dogs when the world seems safer. I’ve already helped a dozen or so dogs stay in their new homes. Dog Support is important and urgent work. And I love doing it. We solve our dog puzzles together.
I’m happy to be paid for my work and time, but I don’t do this for the money. I’ve been living with dogs and writing books about them for years. If you are having dog trouble, check out dog support. I can meet people on Zoom, Facetime, or phone. Either way, good luck with your dogs.