Dear friends and colleagues,
I have just posted three new YouTube Videos on compassionate dog physical restraint. Visit our YouTube Channel: GWRFeralDog.
All dog handlers should be comfortable and confident with physical restraint of fearful dogs, although handlers must learn the size and attitude of dogs they can safely handle. Skilled physical restraint strengthens the dog handler’s ability to work with all aspects of dog handling, because it strengthens their confidence and skills in general. It also allows the handler to attempt softer and quieter techniques if the dog appears willing or receptive.
Remember to always cover the dog’s head with a headcover, such as a towel. This is rarely taught but I hope it will become a standard for handling dogs because it creates a safe, effective, and humane technique.
Also remember, that physical restraint does NOT mean forceful restraint. Even when the dog is struggling in our hands, we should be calm in our mind and our heart.
Many dog handlers around the world avoid touching dogs, which creates a colder less compassionate method. By handling the dogs with our hands when we can, we can calm many of the dogs and give them kindness and compassion through our touch. Dr. Mark
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