Achieving Balance and Harmony


A Ferocious Jindo, a Wild Great Dane, and a Mourning Boxer

Season 2 | Episode 4 | JonBee, Violet & Hudson and Buford

After rescuing thirty-seven stray dogs, actor Scott Lincoln meets his match with a ferocious stray Jindo named JonBee. A crazy Great Dane wreaks havoc on house and home and a sad boxer constantly mourns the death of a beloved mate. See how Cesar makes nice in doggyland.


Choosing an Appropriate Rescue Dog

People often ask me how they can rescue a dog that is going to be “issue-free.” First, a dog is in the shelter probably because it has been abandoned by someone, so there’s an issue right there. The most important thing to understand is a dog’s energy and if it’s compatible with yours. In other words, if you’re a laid-back guy, you’ll want to look for a passive, calm, and submissive dog. If this is going to be a family pet, it’s important that the whole family evaluate the dog together and agree on the dog they want because a dog will immediately sense when one of the family members does not care for it.

In order for people to understand their dog’s energy, they need to be more aware of the energy they themselves are projecting. When you enter a shelter, make sure you’re relaxed, calm, and assertive. Don’t feel pity for the dogs or act excited or emotional. I know it’s hard. You may have the biggest heart and best intentions, but, to an animal, those are negative energies. If you have a chance to walk the dog, or to go back another day to observe the dog, then I’d also recommend doing either or both of those activities.

If you’re adopting a dog into a home with other dogs, the new pet has to have a lesser energy or the same energy as the others. It must be more submissive or in an equal state of mind. That way there is no competition from the newcomer and there isn’t tension created for the dogs already there.

Animal Grief and the Mistakes Owners Make When Replacing a Deceased Dog

Do animals grieve? The answer is yes, and often very deeply. If you’ve had a dog die, you mourn the void left by your beloved pet. Its canine companion or mate feels the same sadness. Many animals, including elephants and dolphins, have elaborate “funeral” rituals for members of their packs. They can also experience depression, but for animals in the wild, grief is a natural cycle. They process it and move on. They live in the moment.

In my opinion, humans seem to be afraid to go through the grief cycle. We tend to want to stop the painful feelings quickly, often without fully processing our own grief. To a lot of dog owners, this may mean replacing the pet right away. It’s not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of my cases involve a problem that started with this common situation. Bringing a new animal into a household that’s still mourning is not a wise thing to do — for you or for your remaining pet.

When we do this, the animals become stuck in our grief and depression. If a human isn’t finish grieving, the new or remaining animals are going pick up on this “weak” energy. From that very moment, that dog is in control of both of their lives and becomes unbalanced.

What Makes a Dog “Red-Zone” Aggressive?

“Red-zone” aggression is created by an extreme imbalance. A dog does not choose to be in the “red zone” because it does not exist in the animal world unless it is sick with a disease, like rabies. A good majority of the time, the behavior is caused by a traumatic experience humans may have inflicted upon the dog. If this is the case, the very least we can do is exhaust all methods in trying to restore the dog’s natural balance. I kept this in mind as I worked with Jonbee the Jindo, a “red-zone” case that had the good fortune of being rescued by Scott Lincoln, who thought his troubled, new dog could be rehabilitated and called me in to help.

Unfortunately, a lot of owners listen to advice telling them to put “red-zone” cases to sleep. I don’t believe in putting a dog to sleep because his behavior has progressed into the “red zone”. I believe they can almost always be rehabilitated. Now that isn’t to say that these dogs aren’t dangerous – indeed they are and their behavior modification needs to be handled by professionals.

Only if, after professional intervention and consultation, a “red-zone” dog is still a danger to humans or other dogs, and there is no safe place for the dog to be isolated, should euthanizing remain an option.

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