Canine Soul Connection
Boone NC Dog Trainers
Why Did You Get a Family Dog?
Can you remember what you were envisioning your life to be like with this new family member? Whether you were daydreaming about spending time together in nature, going for walks, participating in a dog sport, or simply relaxing together, there is probably a deeper reason you wanted a furry companion. For me, I was seeking a buddy who I could share a connection with, someone to share all of life’s awesome things with, build trust with, learn from, and of course, snuggle and make googly eyes at!
But, sometimes, this fun loving creature with the adorable face is not exactly what we were expecting once they are in our homes. You may find yourself with a fearful dog who is hiding under the bed for 2 weeks, an anxious dog who pees on your expensive rug whenever the doorbell rings, a dog barking at seemingly everything, or a lunging ball of fire on a leash when another dog appears.
You may begin searching the internet for things like, calm dog, or dog anxiety.
You may even think your dog has a behavior problem. It may seem that the most obvious and responsible thing to do next is to seek some dog obedience training, aggressive dog training, or other dog training services.
However, behavior is your dogs’ way of communicating his needs, so asking WHY your dog is acting in these ways, is a far better next step, than using training to manipulate the behavior.
Intentional Dog Training
Dog training teaches dogs a cue that they will follow when we tell them to do so. Undeniably, we need to teach some of these for emergency situations, safety, etc. However, let’s take a closer look at what is happening. Even with the best of intentions, teaching a cue that the dog is expected to honor, is exerting control over the dog. Like a child, there are times when we need a dog to respond to us without question for safety reasons. But, we want to be very intentional about which cues we teach them, and make sure the cues are of mutual benefit. We want to ensure that we are not simply teaching our dog to “sit” because its what the world says that all dogs need to learn.
My dog training services capitalize on the social intelligence of dogs, so that we can teach them most of the skills they need without having to direct them to do things. Deep trust, faster learning, and an amazing two-way partnership with your dog, are the results, and they are completely amazing!
It’s Probably NOT a Behavior Problem
Behaviors are the way dogs communicate with us about their emotional, mental, and physical needs. They are simply symptoms that clue us in to the dogs’ underlying welfare. When we consider what the dog is telling us by looking carefully at all of these areas of their life, we can then support them by making adjustments to the environment, using management where needed, and address any physical concerns.
I look at your dog holistically to determine where he might have physical discomfort, emotional distress, or mental frustration. For example, is his posture balanced, or is he leaning forward? Leaning forward could be a sign that he is sore in his back end. Is his tail tight and tucked, and his ears pinned back? These could be signs that he is concerned, and does not feel safe. Is he barking or pacing a lot? This could be a sign that he is frustrated about certain things in his life.
From there, I offer support for them physically, emotionally, and mentally through Tellington TTouch bodywork and free groundwork, Applied Zoopharmacognosy, and many other various methods I have studied.
Canine Soul Connection
Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Family Dog Mediator, and Holistic Dog Trainer
Banner Elk, NC 28604