UMWELT – pronounced “oomvelt” – The world as it is experienced by a particular animal. I teach YOU how to see things from your dog’s point of view! In order to help our dogs we need to gain their trust and embrace them for the animal that they are – CANINES.
Behavior, Manners and Nutrition – It’s all connected. Wipe the mud off your eyes from what you’ve been told and instead take a deep dive in, gain clarity and confidence to work within my custom plan.
The hard truth is that we are destroying the one animal that offers us so much more than we deserve. We turn a blind eye to how we deny them from being a dog and we somehow think it’s alright to do this. We’ve domesticated one of the most social animals and successfully de-socialized them. We’ve also de-natured them. We want them as companions yet treat them like prisoners. We expect them to be obedient, yet we don’t put the time into teaching them how to be. We want them to be healthy and live a long life, yet we feed them subpar inappropriate food and over vaccinate them. We want them to be happy, yet we suppress, yell and interdict most of their ways.
Dogs sit patiently at our side hoping to be granted a few moments of experiencing a “real dog life” yet often times are dismissed by our disengagement and fixation with our smart phone or computer. This is not how dogs’ lives are supposed to be. It’s just wrong, very wrong. They give us so much. It’s time we paid attention to their needs and explored all of the relevant information out there on how to do so. We need to dig deep and educate yourselves.
Understand why your dog does what he does. All dogs innately want to be accepted and understood. When they “act up” they are not being “bad. They are being misunderstood, feeling frustrated, experiencing acute or chronic stress or simply bored out of their mind. Learn how to humanely and effectively deal with your dog’s behavior and channel his / her energy into something positive. I promise you won’t regret it.
Don’t you just want to know why dogs are so sick and stressed – I do, and I’ve done my due diligence to understand why. I encourage you, to do the same. Imagine what it’s like being a dog and living with another species that doesn’t speak your language. They are often misunderstood. Dogs inherent approach to life is to avoid conflict, particularly with people. They make mistakes, get irritated, bored and over excited just like you and me, but when they “slip up” they are shamed and worse yet, reprimanded. Imagine living with that kind of stress.
Dogs are one of most social animals yet are often isolated and imprisoned on a daily basis. They are denied from interacting with their own kind, excluded from meeting a vast array of people and their right to explore the world using their keen senses is drastically controlled. They are fed subpar food and napalmed with every vaccine and neurotoxin under the sun. Dogs now-a-days are not allowed to be dogs. This is not how to rear a dog. There’s a lot of disinformation out there folks, A LOT, and I’m here to offer you and your dog a clear, honest and effective roadmap to vitality.
Don’t be in such a hurry to reprimand, correct, interrupt, stop or force your dog into anything. Work at their pace. Don’t compare your dog to your other dog, last dog, or neighbor’s dog, my dogs. They are as individual as each person’s fingerprints. Take time to just let them be dogs. Quite a bit of learning comes from observing your dog. What is his personality, what is his temperament (they are different things), and what are his strengths, weakness, and favorite things to do? And the most important question is, what makes your dog happy? Whatever it is, build on it and use it as a conduit for learning!
On a daily basis dogs are:
- Isolated / Cut off from society – little to no socialization
- Activities are controlled – no walks, definitely no playing and no watching and observing nature
- Behaviors are suppressed – don’t bark, don’t chase, don’t dig, don’t sniff. Just don’t
How humans deal with stress:
- Talk, yell, exercise, pray/ meditate, overeat and drink
How dogs deal with stress:
- Bark, chew, soil the home, jump, growl, bite, dig and whimper
How humans react to dogs dealing with stress:
- Yell, lock up, ignore, hit … SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE
Take your dog’s lead and embark on a new-found freedom to help them THRIVE!
- Cast a net of positive energy!
- Give of your time – engaged w/ dog w/o devices
- Sniff Walks
- Sun and fresh air
- Biologically Appropriate Food
- Share food
- Pay attention to how long your dog is left alone
- Say “Yes” rather than “No”
- Get on floor and play
- Integrate Manners daily
- Eliminated Stressors
- Play dates with nice friends
- Go on an adventure – even if it’s for 10 minutes!