PET OVERPOPULATION & PET RELINQUISHMENT 

1.5 MILLION ANIMALS ARE ADOPTED EACH YEAR 

HALF ARE RETURNED FOR BEHAVIOR ISSUES

 

Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in our country, but more than pet overpopulation we have a pet retention problem.  People are returning their newly adopted or purchased pets at alarming rates. They are also relinquishing their behaviorally challenged dogs thinking that is the answer. We are here to tell you that is NOT the answer. If we could keep animals in their homes then the shelters and rescues would not be overflowing. 

WE HAVE A PROBLEM

 

But we must first admit we have a problem, before we can address the problem. The number one reason that animals are returned to rescues and shelters is behavior issues. And because humans are living with an entirely different species, we  must learn how to live with this other species we call canines. We must educate ourselves on their physical, emotional and mental needs. Dogs give us so much we owe it to them to return the favor to 

WE ARE LIVING WITH ANOTHER SPECIES

In order to honor this other canine apex predator we have chosen to share our homes with, we must first admit they are an entirely different species. This canine species was bred to hunt, stalk, chase and kill things and they are living out what nature has designed them for. They are not humans, but they do have feelings the same way humans have feelings. 

DOGS ARE NOT HUMANS BUT HAVE FEELINGS

 

To help these animals, people must understand that animals process their emotions the same way humans do. And we must also understand that dogs need guidance to understand how to live in this human world we have created. They experience trauma and life experiences the same way humans do and we need to learn how to communicate with them if we are going to save them. 

DOGS ARE COMMUNICATING FEELINGS THROUGH BEHAVIOR

 

Dogs live by their own set of rules, social norms and boundaries within their pack families. Just like humans have pack order in their families, they do to. Animals are only expressing their emotions and physical issues through their behaviors.  We see so many dogs that are struggling physically that is coming out in behavior issues. 

 

YOUR DOG NEEDS YOU TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM

 

Your dog needs you to figure out what they are trying to tell you with their behavior, whether that is physically or emotionally. And there is help out there if you are unable to figure this out on your own.  You must be a voice for your dog with family, friends, veterinarian and medical staff, groomers and the public. Your dog does not have a voice, the only way they can communicate is through their behavior. 

THE BEST PLACE FOR YOUR DOG IS WITH YOU

Many times people think that rehoming their dog is the answer to their behavior issues, and sometimes this is the case. But most often it is not. Most often the dog you have chosen has come into your life for a reason and they need our help to get better. Most often the humans that created the problems for these dogs are not the ones who end up helping them. 

OUR DOGS ARE OUR TEACHERS

There are so many lessons we can learn from our dogs that will make us better. They can make us be better leaders, communicators, more empathetic, more understanding, powerful, advocates, and they need someone to believe in them. They need someone to believe they are worth the work.  Because we believe 'dog work' is 'life work.'

THERE IS HELP OUT THERE

When I was struggling with my own dogs I felt helpless and that there was no help out there, no one was able to help us with the serious issues we were facing with our dogs; like human and dog aggression issues.  Which is why I started this company, with trainers that have been through what you are going through.  This is more than a dog training company, we are a movement to change the way our systems are running and failing these dogs. Join us in this movement. 

 

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The Heartland's Dog Training & Behavior Specialists

"Our goal is to empower dog owners with the tools to help keep their dogs healthy,

happy and in their homes!"

 

 

Located in Pottawattamie County, serving:

Council Bluffs, Crescent, Honey Creek, Underwood, Neola, Oakland, Carson, Treynor, Macedonia, Henderson, Silver City, Mineola, Glenwood, Hastings, Malvern, Emerson, Pacific Junction, Red Oak

 

Serving Greater Omaha Metro Area:

Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Elkhorn, Gretna, Plattsmouth, Yutan, Wahoo, Fremont, Ashland, Fort Calhoun, Blair, Ponca Hills, Valley, Mead, South Bend, Louisville, Manley, Weeping Water, Murdock, South Bend, Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island

 

 

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