The Bitey Finish of the Canine Podcast

Wow. I simply listened to the primary episode of Season 4 of Michael Shikashio‘s podcast, The Bitey End of the Dog. He interviews a variety of nice thinkers associated to canine aggression in his podcast, together with, this season, Karen London and Mark Beckoff. However the first episode was with me, specializing in trauma in canine. I don’t normally hearken to podcasts I’ve carried out after they’ve been recorded, however this time I did, and was reminded how Michael’s information, compassion, and perception, make him an distinctive podcast host and canine professional. I feel you’ll agree while you hear.

However earlier than you do, a warning: That is no “seaside learn.” Each Michael and I are each flat out trustworthy about how our personal private traumas have knowledgeable our perspective on canine coaching. Michael, bravely and brilliantly, shares publicly, for the primary time, a years-long trauma that he endured with an abusive partner, and I discuss being sexually assaulted in a enjoyable home–an occasion not talked about in The Education of Will, however one thing I’ve shared when talking across the nation. Listening to the traumas of others might be triggering, so please hear solely while you’re in the correct house to take action. I can say, feeling abashed at what looks as if an selfish admission, that I discovered our dialog riveting. (I preserve deleting that final sentence, after which placing it again in. Okay, I’m protecting it in. Eeeeeps.)

We talked about so many issues, from easy methods to know if a canine has been traumatized, the significance of compassion to each canine and canine house owners, and the significance of giving traumatized people as a lot company and autonomy as attainable. Each of us imagine that among the aggression we see is predicated on so many canine within the U.S. having so little management over their lives, I’ll be curious to listen to what you assume after you hear.

What I need to give attention to particularly right now although, is our dialogue on the finish of the podcast about how experiences with abuse and trauma inform so many people who work with canine. Each Michael and I are conscious that our pasts have had a major influence on how we work with canine. I’ve all the time been drawn to fearful animals–I keep in mind loving a horse who many disliked as a result of he was so skittish. I simply felt like I “received him.” The horse I didn’t like driving was daring however wanted pushing fairly than soothing. Hmmm. And Michael’s compassion for aggressive canine (and their house owners) is pushed partly, little question, by his understanding and empathy for people who’ve been traumatized.

So right here’s my query for you: What a part of your life expertise has knowledgeable and affected the best way you’re employed with canine, whether or not it’s your loved ones canine or the canine of your shoppers? Is there a specific sort of canine or habits that you’re drawn to? Is there one thing in your previous or expertise that you simply assume has had an affect on how you’re employed with and dwell together with your canine?

I feel this could possibly be an enchanting dialog for our village. Pay attention, in the event you can, to us on The Bitey End of the Dog, and bounce into the dialogue. Or simply add your personal expertise and we’ll all take it from there.

One very last thing I ought to say; full disclosure and all: Right here’s what Michael needed to say about me originally of the podcast: “On this episode, I’ve the distinct honor to speak with one in every of my all time heroes in canine coaching, Patricia McConnell. Her work was pivotal in serving to me study extra about kinder, gentler strategies to canine coaching, and her information, kindness, and generosity will endlessly be etched into the betterment of humankind.”

So, I’m in fact, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OBJECTIVE ABOUT EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MICHAEL. In fact I’m. (After I noticed this I requested him to offer the eulogy at my funeral, with the warning that he’d have to attend awhile.) However, really, thanks Michael for having me on, for our dialog, and on your bravery speaking about your previous. You rock, even in the event you didn’t say all these ridiculously sort issues above.

MEANWHILE, again on the farm: Right here’s an antidote to speaking about trauma–Lambs! Please clarify to me how they could possibly be cuter. These adorsable issues have been calling for his or her momma at John Wentz’s farm, and I’m unsure how something might look sweeter.

Right here’s one thing else great: My good buddy and colleague, Melissa McCue-McGrath, (Considerations for the City Dog, Bewilderbeast podcast),came over and assist out within the backyard final weekend. (Only a brief journey from Maine!) She labored like a subject hand within the backyard, however allowed me to bolster her by taking her to the most effective cheese store within the U.S., Fromagination.

On the flip aspect, it’s been one million levels outdoors and hasn’t rained for 2 years. Oh wait, perhaps not fairly that sizzling or that lengthy. However, nonetheless. Gardening consists of watering to attempt to preserve issues alive versus weeding, planting, and transplanting. That is the third dry spring we’ve had, however the worst up to now in size. In The Earlier than Occasions, springs have been moist after which issues received drier June by August. All of our native crops and animals are used to a number of moist days in April and Could, so there’s a whole lot of adjusting to do.

Partially due to all our backyard’s flowers, we’re a haven for a household of hummingbirds. That is “boss feminine,” who could also be tiny, however as you possibly can see by the DO NOT MESS WITH ME signal on her face, isn’t delicate in any means. The male Ruby-Throated, little question her mate, is frightened of her. So is “black stomach feminine,” and who can blame them? However she will be able to’t be in every single place , so all three get to come back to the desk, a feeder hooked up to the lounge window. They make me so blissful.

Listed here are the flowers out the identical window, with the native honeysuckle vine that the hummers adore, within the background.

In different avian information, Robert and Roberta Robin have nested once more outdoors the lounge window in a field that Jim constructed for them final yr. There are 4 babes, and they’re beginning to flap their wings. I anticipate they’ll be gone quickly. I hope Robert and Roberta will go for a second nest this summer time; I can watch them from the sofa, the place I spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME now, and I take into account them good associates. I doubt it’s reciprocal. (However they know me. Final night time a customer sat at my typical place and on the sofa and Robert/a stared at them for a full minute. May as effectively have stated “And who the heck are you?”)

Maggie would love you to know that she is being tortured and desperately wants an intervention. It appears that evidently Tall Two-Leg Feminine determined she was limping on Friday, and gained’t let her play or work sheep. She want to say that THREE LEGS ARE ALL I NEED! I DON’T CARE IF ONE HURTS! PLEASE SEND HELP. It seems like assistance will quickly arrive, her limp has enormously improved, so perhaps just a few extra days?

Skip, alternatively, is raring to go. I received down on the ground to snap a photograph and he slid his means over to me and put his head on my knee. Don’t let that mellow face idiot you. As quickly as I get out the whistle he’ll be standing on his again legs on the door.

Which is precisely what I ought to do now–wrap this up and go transfer the sheep round. We’re attempting to guard the pastures as finest we are able to, however it’s tough with no rain in so lengthy. And Skip is determined to work, so it’s time. I hope your climate has been kinder, and that you simply discover the time to hearken to Michael’s podcast. It’s one thing else. Please be part of the dialog about how your previous–it doesn’t matter what it consists of–has knowledgeable how you’re employed with, and relate to, your canine.

Bye for now, and a reminder that there’s all the time one thing to rejoice,




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