Ohio organization for training dogs to be rehabilitation dogs for the elderly and in nursing homes?
Dogs, mostly labs & setters are used in nursing homes and hospitals to help rehabilitate elderly and injured individuals. Am trying to find the organization that has info on needed training, behaviors, licenses, etc needed to have to participate in this program.
Central Ohio Good Shepherds (COGS)
Here’s a link to their contact form:
What prison in Ohio will take my dog?
I have an excitable goldendoodle who is out of control, mostly in the presence of people other than me. It has gotten to a point where she can seriously harm some of our frailer houseguests. Plus she’s starting to show some bossy behavior, like barking incessantly if she’s not getting attention, jumping on our laps when she’s playing with a toy or ringing the bell to go outside over and over again even though she had just been out there (I’m hoping this latter behavior will stop when we get the Invisible Fence activated).
I have done all I can to train her, but I don’t think I’ll ever have enough time, and walks don’t seem to be wearing her out.
I want to put her in one of those training programs that they do in the prisons. Morally, I’m opposed to it, because it’s akin to slave labor, but I know someone there will have lots of time on their hands to work with her. Is there any place in Ohio that trains family dogs? The only places I have found online train helper/companion dogs.
I did not ask for this dog. My grandma bought the dog and I live with her, but she doesn’t take care of it as much as I do.
I know of a couple in Colorado that sent their dogs to a prison-based training program and they had a lot of success once they came home.
I’m not lazy, my grandmother is. I didn’t ask for a dog, I have other sh¡t to do and I never wanted a dog.
Remember, dogs are pack animals. This is simply a pack leader issue. The dog believes that it is the pack leader, and you are simply a follower. Once you show the dog that YOU are it’s leader, it will stop this behavior and learn to respect you.
Here are a few of the many tips I know. For specific situations, you can e-mail me again and I can give you more detailed suggestions, but this is just a general guide as to what a pack leader does:
-Pack leaders walk with a purpose. They carry themselves much more confidently than submissive type dogs. They show others that they aren’t intimidated by them simply by ignoring them.
You can imitate this behavior. When entering your house after a long absence, don’t immediately walk over to the dogs and fuss over them. Wait for them to come to YOU.
-Put your dog on the NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) Program. What you do, is before allowing your dog anything (praise, treats, toys, etc.) she MUST perform some kind of command whether it be sit, stay, etc.
-Don’t allow your dog to do ANYTHING before you. That means if your dog eats at the same time you do STOP THAT!
Make it VERY clear, that you eat first, and your dog eats last. Sit there and eat in front of your dog before even THINKING about getting out some kibble. If you feel a little cruel for enjoying an entire meal in front of your dog, you could try something more simple.
When you are getting your dog’s food ready, place it on an elevated surface so your dog can’t get to it. Then, put a cracker in the bowl (or near it, whichever you prefer). Make a show of eating the cracker right in front of your dog, and do NOT set the bowl down until you are ‘satisfied’ from eating.
By doing this, you are signaling to the dog,”I am the leader, so I get first dibs. You can have what’s left over.” You are going to want to repeat this exercise with the whole family so your dog realizes that they are ALL over him, and he must respect and follow their commands.
And never, I repeat, NEVER fed your dog from the table. Pack leaders always eat first. Not after, not during, but first.
Another thing, never allow your dog to pull ahead during a walk (If your dog doesn’t already know how to heel, e-mail me and I will tell you some techniques to fix that.). Pack leaders walk in front and they decide where they want to go, WHEN they want to go. If you ever see two stray dogs walking together, the one in front is the leader.
-The last, and I think most important, tip I am leaving you, is to be CONSISTENT. Don’t start thinking,”Oh no, I’ve tried all these things for 2 days and she is barely acting any different!” You must stick to the plan for it to work!
If you need anything cleared up, e-mail me! Also, please tell me how these suggestions work out for you!
I need help finding a home for my dog! CBUS, Ohio?
The story begins like this… I got this dog as a four month old puppy from the pound. He is a great dane/black lab mix. At the time I had a huge apartment and everything was going great we were working on behaviors and commands. I would take him on walks and we loved our little life. I lost the big apartment because of a negligent roommate (she didn’t pay her half of the rent for four months and the landlord didn’t tell me). I couldn’t afford to keep the apartment obviously. I moved into a very small apartment with not much of a yard. I figured it would still work if we still walked. It didn’t and I ended up giving him to a family that PROMISED to take care of him. (I found them on Craigslist and they seemed very genuine) I told them that he was acting up a bit and that he would need some work before he would be happy again. They assured me that they trained show dogs and that he was in good hands. I got a call from a vets office saying that someone had found him. I called and emailed the family that took him and they never returned my calls/emails. I assume that they probably just let him go. I now have him in my house and I cannot take care of him once again. My living situation is not any better and while I love that he is here I just cant take care of him. He is a sweet boy but he needs more attention than I can give him. If I don’t find a home for him soon I will have to take him to the pound. I love him but I really cant keep him. I don’t want to see him miserable. He deserves to be with a family that can care for him and love him. He needs to find a forever home. What should I do? My time to keep him is running out and I don’t want to take him to the pound.
Give www.stopthesuffering.org a try.
Can a law that bans or restricts ownership of a breed of dog protect a community?
According to experts, the answer is no.
Why? Popular breeds come and go. When ownership of one breed of dog is outlawed, those who want a dangerous dog simply turn to another breed. The Doberman pinscher—known as the dangerous dog breed of the 1970s—was replaced in popularity by the pit bull in the ’80s and the rottweiler in the ’90s. Breed-specific laws require that someone be able to prove that a specific dog is a member, or a mix, of that breed—not always an easy task. Boxers and bulldogs, for instance, may be mistaken for pit bulls. Any medium-large sized black and tan dog with a long tail may be mistakenly labeled as a German shepherd. Breed-specific legislation doesn’t acknowledge the fact that a dog of any breed can become dangerous. The law should protect your community from any such dog. Breed-specific laws are difficult, costly, and sometimes impossible to enforce. It’s one thing to require that every rottweiler in your community be muzzled whenever outside of the home; it’s another to fund and support adequate animal control staff to ensure that this happens. In 1987 the Cincinnati City Council banned all pit bulls within the city after a series of severe maulings and one human fatality involving the dogs. The ban was passed even though the state of Ohio and the city of Cincinnati already had statutes that allowed authorities to seize any dog known to have injured or killed a person or another dog. Nearly ten years later, the council’s law committee recommended that the ban be repealed, saying that it was unnecessary. The council recommended that pit bulls be handled like any other dogs and that owners be prosecuted only when the dogs were unrestrained or exhibited dangerous behavior. It made this recommendation in part due to the cost of enforcement. Confiscated dogs spent up to five months at the city’s contracted shelter while the cases against the dogs’ owners were being litigated. Many of the confiscated dogs were family companions with no history of aggression. Legislation that restricts breeds may actually create a population of dangerous dogs within your community. When a community imposes strict regulations on a specific breed of dog, owners of those dogs may end up chaining or caging the dogs for long periods of time. Dogs so chained or caged can be so desperate for activity that they become uncontrollable should they escape. Restricted dogs often receive little veterinary care because it is difficult for their owners to transport them to a veterinary facility without violating restrictions. Most importantly, restricted dogs who don’t get to experience normal opportunities for socialization and training will undoubtedly act in an unpredictable fashion when exposed to the real world
Doubtful that a law banning a breed of dog can protect the community from irresponsible dog owners, it is the irresponsible owners that need dragged out and euthanized
I want to regain my dog’s trust and need professional opinions.?
I have an anger problem, thanks to my step-father, and normally I just chase my dog off when she’s doing something bad, but sometimes if I get really mad I will kick her or throw things at her. I’m going to therapy and anger management classes, because I’m quite abusive to others around me as well. I haven’t become upset with her in a while now because I am fully aware of the damaging effects it has on her and that I need to use positive reinforcement to train her. She doesn’t seem to be that afraid of me and still likes me to pet her and plays with me, but she always has her ears back and drops her hind legs when I pet her and rolls on her back. She shows very submissive signs towards me and I didn’t want to turn into my step-father, yet here we are. I want to know if I can still regain her trust (I know it will take a long time) or if she will be better off with another family. I would only like professional answers from people who understands dog behavior and not anything stupid and obvious like, “Be nice to her.” or “Just give her treats.” Is there a class I can take or some techniques to work on? I’m trying really hard to pick up my life and behavior and she’s on the top of my list cause she’s my best friend and I just want what’s best for her.
Some additional information that may help is she is (supposedly) a wolf-hybrid. I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks and we’ve moved around a lot. I wasn’t there 5 months I was in Ohio and we had had her 3 or 4 months. She is about a year now and when we got her we were choosing between her and the other female of the litter who was very playful and wanted interact with us, but she was following her mom around and the owners had to put the mother back in the dog run and even then she was very shy. My mom said she didn’t want a hyper dog and that she wanted Phellan-E because she was pure white and the other one was “ugly”. Phellan-E’s major hyper now and has a lot of behavioral problems. I’m going to try taking her to an obedience trainer and see if that helps.
This was her as a puppy: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj293/PandoraFay/l_3e69dc55f5fd47b8462f417e6677715c.jpg
And this is her now: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj293/PandoraFay/l_555fb37655664849a135b709baa549c3.jpg
Wow, she’s gorgeous. First off, congrats on getting such a beautiful dog! I’m jealous.
The best advice I can give to you is to just spend as much time as you can with the dog. Always be calm to her and show her that she has nothing to be afraid of, and when she comes over to you and shows signs of being more confident around you, give her a treat or some extra affection. Obedience training would be great for the both of you, because she would learn to trust you more and it would help with bonding.
I would also suggest that you exercise her as much as you can since you said that she was hyper. Take her on walks or jog with her, play fetch outside with her, whatever it takes to let her run around for a bit. Most hyper dogs that have behavioral problems can be “cured” with a bit more exercise. This combined with obedience training should help with her behavior, encourage her to trust you more, and nurture the bond between the two of you.
Good luck, and I hope everything works out well.
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