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looking for dog therapists in London Ontario

Shayshay
May 1st, 2011, 09:05 PM
Hi there,

I rescued a 4 year old Border Collie/Blue Heeler named Jazper. I found him on Kijiji last summer. I Don't know much about his history but I am definitely discovering that I wasn't told the whole story.

What I was told was...
He was basically a service dog to a woman who needed surgery but was unable to have it do to a blood condition. Jazper would do things such as bring her pillow or blanket pick up whatever was dropped or she would point at. Jazper also has a list of tricks that I am only beginning to scratch the surface of. For a reason that I am unaware of (but have my suspicions of) he was tied up in the upper loft of a barn for 2 years with limited interaction or socialisation. My understanding is after her surgery she met a man and began a life with him. My guess is that Jazper became jealous and possessive. And That's why he was locked up.

We have many issues with behaviour but my biggest concern is the aggression when he has done something like get into the garbage or eat food off the counter. He has attacked my spouse once already and become aggressive towards him one more than one occasion. We definitely have issues with food but I am very concerned about his aggression when he's in trouble.

I need any help we can get! He has the potential to be an absolute amazing dog!I can't give up on him.

Thank you in advance,

Shay

millitntanimist
June 8th, 2011, 09:51 AM
I can suggest someone in Guelph or Kitchener, would you be willing to go that far? I'll do a look in London when I get a chance. :)

From your limited description this behavior sounds like resource guarding. What situations trigger the dog and how are you dealing with it now?

In the mean time I would pick up a copy of
http://www.amazon.com/Mine-Practical-Guide-Resource-Guarding/dp/0970562942/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307540949&sr=8-1
and
http://www.amazon.com/Control-Unleashed-Creating-Confident-Paperback/dp/B000UCF53A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307540982&sr=1-1

hope this helps

Longblades
June 8th, 2011, 10:26 AM
I think you mean dog behaviourist? Keep in mind there is NO certification, licensing, or education required before any Tom, Dick or Harry can put out a shingle proclaiming themself to be a dog behvaviourist.

An animal behaviourist requires a university degree but there is no such thing as a degree program in dog behaviour (correct me please if needed, but I am not aware of one) so please be careful you deal with someone who didn't simply take an internet course and stick a shingle out.

That said, http://www.cappdt.ca/trainers.jsp may help you to find one who at least keeps up some membership and adheres to the rules of conduct this organization espouses. There are some listed in London who say they work on "problem" dogs. Even so, make sure you ask lots of questions. What is their training? What theories of dog training do they like? What problems do they specialize in? How long have they been doing this?

ETA: personal recommendations are great too. I'd still ask lots of questions though.

millitntanimist
June 9th, 2011, 11:22 AM
I thought these folks looked pretty good
http://www.caninelife.ca/