All of us at the Animal Behavior Clinic will tell you that one of the primary motivators driving us to this line of work is the chance to repair, enhance, and maintain the powerful bond between pets and their people. We recognize how incredibly special and rewarding that bond is – from the way our dogs look at us full of love when we wake up in the morning, to those precious moments when our cats choose our laps to curl up and fall asleep on.
It has been a particularly challenging month for many of our patients, for whom there may be many good days, but they will have difficult days as well. While we are able to support them on their journey together when things get rough, we are incredibly fortunate to have additional assistance within the Portland community for our clients as well as any pet parent looking for encouragement during a challenging time with their pet.
The Difficult Pet Support Group run by Enid Traisman and Rachel Bow is a wonderful space for pet parents to come together and share the ups and downs of life with a difficult pet, and to commiserate with one another on the joys — and yes, the sorrows, too. Many of our clients already visit the group regularly, and it remains a powerful resource to our community that can benefit the lives of so many pets and people. The Difficult Pet Support Group meets in the Dove Lewis Board Room (1945 NW Pettygrove St, Portland, OR 97209), and the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00pm.
Additionally, if you have recently lost a loved one, The Pet Loss Support Group (also run by Enid Traisman) deserves mention for the incredible work and grief support it offers to Portland pet parents in times of sorrow and loss. Please visit their page for information on meeting times and other grief services available.
In a blog article for Psychology Today, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists examines the ways in which we respond to unwanted behaviors in our pets — and how our reaction may often be more inappropriate than the behavior was to begin with. By responding to aggressive or fearful reactions in dogs with punishment or correction, we may end up exacerbating problems and “squashing” healthy, appropriate ways our dogs are trying to communicate.
Read more at the full article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201504/squash-it