And yet, despite all this, or rather because of it, 2020 could turn out to be one of the most transformative years of our collective lives, marking the turning point when unjust, destructive, and inhumane systems began to be toppled and transformed. - Zoe Weil This recent article by Zoe Weil of @humaneeducation gives me hope. (Check out the link in my bio to read it) But we need more than just hope. In order to transform our world, we must also transform ourselves. I've been quiet on this page lately because I've been doing a lot of reflecting, learning, and growing. I've made some changes and hope to make more. One of those changes has been to spend my time on social media more mindfully. Doing so has had a positive impact on my mental health. And I've learned that when I attend to my own mental health and welfare, I'm far better equipped to improve the welfare of others. So, while I may not be active on social media as much as I used to be, know that I'm still here and that I appreciate you for being here, too. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow and transform together. We've got a lot of work to do before our world is more humane for all, but I think we're on our way.
@linktr.ee has added a feature that allows users to drive donations to organizations fighting racism, to share information and encourage anti-racism education. If you're a linktree user, please enable this on your page. It's a simple way to make a difference. If you've been thinking about using linktree, now is the time. It's free! Click the link in my bio to read an article about this feature and to use it to donate and learn. Thank you to all of you who are standing up, speaking out, educating yourself and others, and making changes. I'm inspired by all of you.
It’s the final day of the Puppy Socialization Challenge & Collaboration that’s taken place on Facebook these last three weeks! Head over there to see the rest of the posts! 🎉 If you plan to take your puppy on exciting outdoor adventures when they're an adult, now is the time to get them comfortable with car rides. 🚗 It’s so important for puppies to learn that riding in the car is safe and fun. As someone with a dog with car anxiety who’s missed out on a lot of adventures, I can’t recommend this enough to puppy guardians. ⚠️ A few important tips: ▪️ Give your puppy a food puzzle toy they can't choke on during the drive, like a stuffed Kong or Lickimat. Freeze them so they last longer! ▪️ Puppies (and dogs) should not be unrestrained in the car. Keep them safe and secure using a crate, a dog seat belt attached to a harness, etc. ▪️ Bring someone else along to watch and manage your puppy during the drive. **No distracted driving!** ▪️ If your puppy vomits in the car, please contact your veterinarian. Motion sickness is common in dogs, especially young ones, and your vet can help! ▪️ Have fun, and enjoy your future adventures with your confident, resilient pup! 🐾 I want to thank the other amazing trainers who joined me in this challenge, especially @luckyfidodogtraining for organizing this whole thing! Be sure to like and follow them all!: ✔@luckyfidodogtraining ✔@oceanparkdog ✔@dogkind_training ✔@fetch_the_leash ✔@carefree_canine ✔@myfantasticfriend ✔@jennifermalawey ✔ Kristi Benson Dog Training (Facebook) ✔ Dogs at Home (Facebook) 💕 #3weeksocializationcollaboration #dogtrainercollaboration #puppysocializationchallenge #puppysocializationideas #puppysocialization #10trainers3weeks15missions
Curtis Kelley is a certified dog trainer and owns @petparentallies in Philadelphia. He's committed to using positive reinforcement methods, and his deep love for dogs is so apparent in the photos and videos on his page. Be sure to give him a follow, and keep him in mind if you're in Philly and need a dog trainer. He also offers online private training! There are so many BIPOC who do amazing things to promote coexistence between humans and other animals. They deserve to be heard, seen, and appreciated for the work they do and for being the kind, compassionate people that this world needs. Thanks for being here, Curtis ❤ • • 📸 Photo taken by @angelagasparphotography
It’s my turn to share for the Puppy Socialization Challenge & Collaboration! 🐾 If you have a puppy that you can’t wait to explore the natural world with, now is the time to prepare them for those adventures! 🏕 What we wear for outdoor adventures might look, sound or even smell a bit strange to puppies, so today, teach your puppy to feel comfortable around people in outdoor gear. Some examples include: 🧢 Hats 🕶 Sunglasses 🌧 Rain jackets with the hood up 🎒 Bulky hiking bags 🥾 Boots 🧗♀️ Climbing harnesses 🚣♀️ Life jackets You can also carry gear around like ropes, hiking poles, paddles, etc. 🛶 Follow the steps in the graphic, and keep this in mind: ✅ Always give your puppy a choice to investigate someone or something. If your puppy is hesitant to approach, continue tossing them treats, but let them create as much distance as they need. If your puppy is still afraid, take a break, and reach out for help. I'm here for you! The more comfortable and confident your puppy is now, the greater adventures you’ll share when they’re an adult. Let me know how it goes! I'd love to see photos or videos of your puppy accomplishing their mission for the day 😃 Tune in to the puppy socialization challenge on Monday for your next mission brought to you by @meghandarcydogs! 🐶 👇💕 Be sure to follow the other trainers on Instagram as well as Facebook (where this challenge is primarily taking place), so you don't miss out! ✔@luckyfidodogtraining ✔@oceanparkdog ✔@dogkind_training ✔@fetch_the_leash ✔@carefree_canine ✔@myfantasticfriend ✔@jennifermalawey ✔ Kristi Benson Dog Training (Facebook) ✔ Dogs at Home (Facebook) #3weeksocializationcollaboration #dogtrainercollaboration #puppysocializationchallenge #puppysocializationideas #puppysocialization #10trainers3weeks15missions
Before your puppy is four months old, they’re most open to learning what's safe and what's unsafe. If you hope to take your puppy on adventures as an adult, there’s a lot in the outdoor world that they need to learn is safe! Future #adventuredogs should learn to be comfortable with things like car rides, seeing people in outdoor gear, and so much more. Preparing your puppy for adventures can also be beneficial beyond your favorite outdoor activities. Be sure you're following along with the collaborative puppy socialization challenge as I'll be sharing a couple of tips on preparing your puppy for adventures starting tomorrow! If you're looking for more guidance, you can also add adventure puppy prep to my online socialization and training programs. Check out my website to learn more! Happy adventuring! 🐾🏔
It's the first day of the puppy socialization challenge and collaboration! Puppy guardians, head over to @luckyfidodogtraining's Facebook page for your first task. During your puppy's first four months, teaching them that noises like thunderstorms are not only safe but predict positive things could help decrease the likelihood that they develop sound sensitivity as an adult. This is especially important as sound sensitivity can be complex and challenging to treat, as those of us with adult sound-sensitive dogs can attest to. Let us know how it goes! We'd love to see photos or videos of your puppy completing their challenge each day 🙂 P.S. Be sure to follow the other trainers on Facebook and Instagram, so you don't miss out! ✔@oceanparkdog ✔@dogkind_training ✔@fetch_the_leash ✔@carefree_canine ✔@myfantasticfriend ✔@jennifermalawey ✔@meghandarcydogs ✔ Kristi Benson Dog Training (Facebook) ✔ Dogs at Home (Facebook) #3weeksocializationcollaboration #dogtrainercollaboration #puppysocializationchallenge #puppysocializationideas #puppysocialization #10trainers3weeks15missions 📸: @sng.photo
I can always count on Nora to inspire me to relax. How have other animals inspired you today?
Here's a gentle reminder that caring for yourself allows you to better care for others, including other humans, other animals, and the natural world. I gave myself permission over the last few days to not stress and obsess over my to-do list. It has been a *long* time since I've done so, and it felt really good. My favorite part was enjoying the warm weather in my beautiful yard with my dogs and husband. I hope you all had a restorative weekend and have a relaxing week. We all deserve it ❤
When I read the life-changing book The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson four or five years ago, I never would have imagined this. Today, I graduated with honors from The Academy for Dog Trainers and now hold a Certificate in Training & Counseling. The congratulations and kind words that Jean shared brought tears to my eyes. I received a scholarship to attend @theacademyfordogtrainers in June 2018 from The Pet Professional Guild, and I've very worked hard since then to graduate from this rigorous program. I was a certified dog trainer prior to starting The Academy, but it exceeded my expectations in every way. I'm now a much more efficient and effective trainer and am confident in my greatly improved client counseling skills. I will be forever grateful to @petprofessionalguild for making this possible, and I have so much appreciation for Jean, the Academy staff, the graduates and the other students. Many thanks to all of you who are still following my page(s) while I spent the last several weeks focusing on studying. I appreciate your support more than you know!
Hi, everyone! It's been a strange time to be away from social media this past month. I sincerely hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this stressful time. While I still have more studying to do, I wanted to quickly pop in and check on everyone. How are you all? I also wanted to share this fantastic article I'm mentioned in on @zazietodd's website, Companion Animal Psychology, about how COVID-19 is affecting human-dog relationships (link in bio). It's a guest post by Dr. Christy Hoffman, a brilliant anthrozoologist who's the director of the Anthrozoology program at @canisius_college. She was my professor while I was a grad student in the program, and she continues to inspire me. If you're a dog guardian, you can help researchers learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting our relationships with our dogs by completing a survey. The link is in my bio! If the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected your relationship with your pets, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to help how I can. coexistence.consulting/contact Be well, everyone ❤