Certified Professional Trainer
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I think it's very common for trainers to think about aggression in dogs due to the complexity of the issue. For an owner, there is so much information (and disinformation) available online that it can be very frustrating when seeking help. In my own work with owners, I find many who believe that any problem behavior can be fixed. The reality is that some behaviors in dogs are "hard-wired" by things like early imprinting or genetics.
I get a tremendous amount of calls to help dogs that don't interact well with other dogs. While a lot of people often assume poor social skills come from past bad interactions with other dogs (fights, etc.), I'm finding that most actually stem from something completely different. While socialization is a very popular buzz-word, there must be more to socialization than simple interactions alone. What is your dog learning when it's interacting with other dogs?
About 2 weeks ago I discussed some of the logistic challenges I encountered while searching for a new pet to come into our home. This week I'd like to spend a little more time discussing things I look for when considering a new dog. While the perfect dog will be different for each individual, here are some points I took under consideration....
Over the past few weeks I've been searching for a 3rd dog to bring into our home. My eldest is reaching an age where he deserves to retire. Because a new dog will have working responsibilities with my training services, I have a certain number of requirements I have been seeking. We've had rescue dogs in our home for most of my life. There have been 3 dogs from breeders over the years, but all others have been from local shelters. With the proliferation of the internet, this is the first time I've used PetFinder and Adopt-a-Pet in my search. These services make it easy to find many dogs, to filter results, and to search from the comfort of your home. In the end, I still made regular visits to local shelters to find our new pet. Here's why......
1981 was the beginning of my full-time career as a firefighter/paramedic with Worthington Fire. Today marks my final day after 33+ years. It's been a very rewarding, challenging, and interesting career. During my time in the Fire Service I watched many changes. In the 80's infection control became a daily challenge as AIDS was identified and spreading. In the 90's, departments began adopting better Incident Command procedures, which helped coordinate multi-jurisdiction responses. And when 9-11 demonstrated the reality of evil in our world, the fire service evolved to better protect our members and communities. I will miss the challenges, excitement, and many of those who I worked shoulder-to-shoulder with for decades.
I began my dog training career in 2007, after attending an accredited school and receiving certification. My plan was to develop my business in preparation for my fire service retirement. However, by 2010 training dogs had actually become a 2nd full-time job. This was a very good thing, as I enjoyed both careers (fire and dogs). Still, I have been working 80+ hours each week for the past 5 years. Now retired from the fire service, I'm looking forward to getting back to a 40 hour work week. I'm also looking forward to getting a little more sleep, spending more time with my own dogs, and revisiting several hobbies that have been "on hold" for the past many years.
So to any that heard I'm retired - that's true, but only from the Fire Service. I'm grateful for the years I was able to serve my community as a Firefighter, I'm also grateful to all the clients who have had me into their homes over the past 8 years to help with their dogs. The K9 Guy remains open for business! I'm looking forward to helping many more owners live better lives with their dogs, for many years to come.
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