Watch New YouTube Videos on Compassionate Physical Restraint

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

2 Responses

  1. It’s wonderful to read this. I adopted a very fearful severely abused dog from a shelter and was beginning to make headway with her. She had severe PTSD, and her worst fear trigger was being “captured” in any way, just having a training collar or leash put on her. She learned many commands — I hate that word “command,” wish there were a nicer word — but we never got COME to be functional even though she trusted me over all other humans on the planet. She got spooked and bolted one day last month on a walk and was hit by a vehicle a few hours later. It makes me happy to read that there are people spreading the knowledge of skills that might prevent future useless deaths. She was on her way to having something akin to a normal fun dog life. I’m glad you exist in this world.

    • Randi,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Our culture is working hard to address puppies and old dogs and many other groups, but in my opinion, few people are really studying how to handle fearful dogs whether they are in the shelter or on the streets. The study is how to handle them without participating in the fight. Please let people know about our sites and encourage them to donate so we can produce videos, e-books, other training materials and strengthen our free internet information. Dr. Mark

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