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Abused Pit Bull Now Helps People as Therapy Dog

Abused Pit Bull Now Helps People as Therapy Dog

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 20, 2010

Dogs are perfect examples of unconditional love–at least to some pet owners. To others, they are merely animals to be abused viciously. However, in some circumstances, small miracles happen. Sometimes, a dog that has suffered cruelty can overcome it and once again act as man’s best friend.

That’s what happened to Shelby, an abused pit bull from a shelter that went on to become what is commonly referred to as a therapy dog.

As many people already know, dogs can be more than just pets. They can see for those who are visually impaired and assist people with mobility issues. But therapy dogs also help those who suffer from less tangible conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Therapy dogs are trained to work with people in crisis or who suffer from illnesses. They visit hospital patients, the elderly, the lonely and the bereaved to provide emotional support at times when it is needed most,” says Joe Dwyer, author of the new book Shelby’s Grace.

In his book, Mr. Dwyer describes his remarkable odyssey with Shelby, who he saved from a shelter. In return, she saved him from a terrible depression, and together they recovered their senses of purpose.

When Mr. Dwyer found Shelby, she already had two strikes against her: not only did she have to overcome physical and psychic wounds inflicted upon her by previous owners, but being a pit bull, she was considered a monster by many of the people she intended to help as a therapy dog.

“For that reason, this is also Shelby’s book,” notes Mr. Dwyer. “It’s the story of a once-maligned misunderstood dog who now enriches the lives of countless people who are also in need of rescuing. The dog who was once on the brink is now pulling humans back in with her.”

By all accounts, Shelby was lucky. According to Pet-Abuse.Com, which keeps statistics on animal cruelty categories including neglect, abandonment, shooting, beating, mutilation, hanging, drowning, poisoning, suffocation, torture, burning and fighting, nearly 1,800 dogs were reported to be mistreated last year alone. Other sites put the figure at seven times that number.

Today, Shelby is one of more than 30,000 therapy dogs in the US. And demand for them is rising, according to a report published in Parade magazine.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is a good temperament, and he or she must get along very well with children, men, women and other animals. A good therapy dog also must be:

friendly and non-aggressive
patient, gentle and calm
confident and well-socialized

“Slowly, therapy dogs are gaining acceptance, but they’re not quite there yet,” says Mr. Dwyer. “It’s important to understand that dogs are not just pets or companions. They can do a lot more than just look nice and provide entertainment. In many situations, dogs truly are angels that help people to survive difficult times.”

Joe Dwyer is a motivational speaker, a life coach and a member of the National Speakers Association. He is also a dog trainer and a martial artist. Previously, he worked as a chemical engineer and an executive for Verizon and the Archdiocese of Newark. Joe is a man of faith and spirituality, and he supports rescue groups and therapy dog training. He lives in Nutley, NJ, with his family and four dogs.



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What is the strangest thing your dog has ever partially eaten and the brought to you as a “GIFT”?

Question by Loki at play: What is the strangest thing your dog has ever partially eaten and the brought to you as a “GIFT”?
No further details needed. Dog owners you already know…

Best answer:

Answer by Dalton S
My foot… o.O
or a condom..

What do you think? Answer below!

Kackel Dackel

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A little toy dog makes a journey through the house. But will he make it with the my bengal cat Bailey out to get him?! Just a bit of fun playing with my camera and windows movie maker.
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Swift, no problem, inexpensive and well dog treat recipe

Swift, no problem, inexpensive and well dog treat recipe

When you are training your dog there are certainparaphernalia you can use to help make the education process more effective. Those gear can include a restraint, a clicker and most importantly dog treats. Dog treats are the most essential tool you will be using when coaching your dog.

Dog treats are use for positve reinforcement while you are education your dog. Dogs respond very quickly to positive reinforcement and will learn very fast when you reward them wile you are instruction them.

So what do we use for dog treats when we are domestication our dog?

There are many different types of dog treats that you can score. You can find them in any food shop, your regional pet store or even in the big box pet stores. However, many of the dog treats you will find in the store are not the correct for your dog health-wise. They often contain a lot of chemicals and non-natural ingredients. They’re kind of like feeding your kids junk food on a regular basis. They’re really not the right thing for your dog nutritionally. Since you will be using them ofttimes while guidance you should really make an effort to provide your dog with a treat that is both tasteful and well for him.

There are natural dog treat alternatives that are also sold in the emporium, in a pet stor or even online. But the problem with those is that they are often super expensive. If you use them on a regular basis you could go broke.

So I have a super easy, low-priced and relatively healthy alternative dog treat recipe for you. It won’t break your bank and the are very easy to make. They also keep very well for a long long time so you don’t have to worry about them going bad.

These make an awesome dog treat that you can keep in ziplock bags in the cupboard. They’re prrfect for coaching.

Get a package of chicken hotdogs. Take 8 of the hotdogs and simply slice each hot dog into quarters lengthwise so you have 32 long spears. The’ll kind of look like dill pickle spears shape-wise. Then cut the lengthwise slices into little pieces about the size of a dime. You’ll have an immense pile of tiny chicken hotdog fragments.

Take all of those cut up pieces onto an a few paper towels and pop them into the microwave. Set the microwave on high and let it run for 15 minutes.

When they are done you’ll have a nice size pile of dried hot dog pieces that will keep for a long time. After they cool down you can store them in a ziplock baggie and just fling them into the cupboard for storage. They will keep for a long time and you’ll always have a stack of treats ready for your guidance session.

Your dog will delight in how they taste and will be eager to receive them as a training reward. Plus they’re a nice healthful treat for your dog.

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