Making the Most of Your Dog’s Behavioral Training

Would You Benefit from the Emotional Support of a Pet?

Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Would You Benefit from the Emotional Support of a Pet?

Many people can benefit from the emotional support and companionship of a pet, yet may not realize it. An emotional support animal is typically a pet that helps the handler with mental health symptoms, and that a mental health professional endorses as therapeutic for the individual. While many emotional support pets are not registered, it is best to follow state guidelines to register your emotional support pet to ensure you receive emotional support animal certification and you can take the pet in certain places, businesses, or establishments, and that your rights are protected by law.   Talk to your provider about how your pet can support and help with the following symptoms: Anxiety. Petting, stroking, or cuddling pets can lower blood-pressure and improve heart health; it’s true! When you spend time with your pet, a relaxation hormone is released in your body, lowering overall stress and improving holistic health. Also, active pets (like dogs) require exercise and walks, which is also a stress-reliever; exercise is great therapy for anxiety. Trauma. After an individual has experienced emotional trauma, it may be difficult to trust and rely on others in the aftermath. Pets are a comforting presence that loves unconditionally, which can help trauma survivors past their experience and move forward in recovery. Dogs, cats, reptiles, and rodents are all examples of pets that can help alleviate traumatic symptoms, soothe agitation, and provide the support needed. Grief and loss. Pets can be a great comfort to anyone at a time of loss, such as a death or the demise of a relationship. Many bereavement support groups enlist the services of therapy dogs to help members overcome their deep sadness and grief. These animals can also provide much-needed companionship to individuals that have lost a partner or that are experiencing loneliness. Depression. Pets are therapeutic for individuals struggling with depression, too. Dogs are lauded for being effective at improving mood and alleviating depression in those that suffer from mood fluctuation or dysregulation. Furthermore, caring for a beloved pet can provide a sense of purpose which is so very important for those struggling with depression or feelings of hopelessness. If being near your pet makes you feel better, it is an emotional support animal. Have your pet endorsed by your mental health provider and registered to ensure access when you go outside the home. Animals are very therapeutic and have proven helpful with a wide range of symptoms, conditions, and illnesses, contributing to emotional, physical, and mental...

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Tips For Training Your Dog For Police Work

Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Training Your Dog For Police Work

If you have a dog that you are considering training for police work, you are likely nervous and excited. You might be excited to do something so worthwhile with the relationship that you have with your dog, as well as nervous because you might not be entirely sure how to get the job done. Once you have the tasks that your dog needs to be trained to do, here are some tips to make training him or her to do those tasks a lot easier. 1. Take the Energy Level of Your Dog Into Account The first thing that you need to do is take the energy level of your dog into account. Dogs’ energy levels can fluctuate from breed to breed and individually they can fluctuate throughout the day. This means that sometimes you are going to need to take measures to make sure that your dog has the right amount of energy to focus and learn. If you have a dog that has high energy, possibly taking him or her on a run or a walk before hand can help your dog calm down and ensure that he or she is able to focus enough. If you have a dog that is more lethargic, then you might need to coax him or her into learning by playing a simple game with him or her first for a few minutes. You could also look for when your dog is more alert during the day and structure your training lessons around those times of alertness. 2. Utilize Breaks Break up your training session into fifteen- to thirty-minute chunks. This will help reduce the chances that you or your dog will get frustrated. During these breaks, spend time with your dog in order to continue to the build the bond and ensure that you are not just associated with work. However, allow your dog to be a dog, romp around, and have a good time. Breaks involving other dogs in the training session are also good. 3. Be Consistent In order for your training to be successful, you have to be as consistent as possible. Make sure that you are always using the same commands. Consistency is also important for odor-detection. Explosives have a certain odor that dogs can detect easily. You can train dogs to remember more than a dozen scents of explosives if you are consistent about how the dogs are exposed to them and the particular scents that you are expose them to. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in explosive detection for...

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