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Dealing with problem behaviour in a home setting.

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ICAWC 2011: Elizabeth Teal - Family Pet or Family Problem? ICAWC 2011: Elizabeth Teal - Family Pet or Family Problem? Presentation Transcript

  • Presented by Elizabeth Teal Family Pet or Family Problem A journey toward wholeness
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  • fam·i·ly n. pl. fam·i·lies 1. a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children. b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place. 2. All the members of a household under one roof.   View slide
  • fam·i·ly n. pl. fam·i·lies 2. All the members of a household under one roof.   View slide
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    • Pet n.
    • An animal kept for companionship
    • An object of the affections.
    • A person especially loved or indulged.
    • Pet adj.
    • Kept as a pet.
    • Particularly cherished or indulged
    • Expressing or showing affection
    • Being a favorite.
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  • According to the ASPCA, 63% of all households in the US have pets.
    • Pet n.
    • An object of the affections.
    • Pet adj.
    • Particularly cherished
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  • problem n. 1. a perceived gap between the existing state and a desired state, or a deviation from a norm, standard or status quo. 2. a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. 3. a thing difficult to achieve or accomplish.
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  • OUR FOCUSES RESCUING COMPANION ANIMAL SPECIES PLACING COMPANION ANIMALS IN HUMAN HOMES KEEPING COMPANION ANIMALS IN HUMAN HOMES REMOVING COMPANION ANIMALS FROM HUMAN HOMES
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  • The Top Indicators and Risk Factors for Giving Up Your Pet Less education Less income Under one year in current residence PARENT Patronek, et al 1996 New, et, al 2000 Courtesy Steve Zawistowski Ph.D., CAAB - ASPCA
  • The Top Indicators and Risk Factors for relinquishing a pet with one year of adoption First time pet owners Having Children in the House More likely to have obtained pet ‘for the children’ Kidd, Kidd & George 1992
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  • FAMILIES FOCUS
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY SAFETY & SECURITY
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY SAFETY & SECURITY SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
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  • ANGER IS SIMPLY UNMET EXPECTATIONS.
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  • Nothing simple is ever easy.
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE
  • The Top Indicators and Risk Factors for relinquishing a pet with one year of adoption First time pet owners Having Children in the House More likely to have obtained pet ‘for the children’ Kidd, Kidd & George 1992
  • Any task is easy once you know how to do it. Model with compassion. Educate with Awareness. Responsibility is always shared.
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  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY
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  • The number One Rule for whole house Harmony: RESPECT
  • RESPECT EACH UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL RESPECT THEIR SPECIES RESPECT THEIR DEVELOPMENT RESPECT THEIR STORY RESPECT THEIR CULTURE RESPECT THEIR ENVIRONMENT
  • The Number One Rule for Homes with children of any species: All children are supervised at all times, regardless of species.
  • Thus: A three year old human is never left alone, A three month old puppy is not left alone, And both are never ever left alone together! All human child and pet interactions are always supervised.
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  • The number TWO Rule for whole house Harmony: LISTEN
  • LISTEN To all members of the family, regardless of age or species.
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  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY SAFETY & SECURITY
  • ALL ANIMALS BITE. Including us.
  • ALL ANIMALS BITE. Including us.
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  • ALL ANIMALS BITE. Including us.
  • 1. Children are at risk of dog bite in association with resource guarding by the dog or pain-causing interactions. Unfamiliar children are at risk of dog bite while in the dog’s home, yard, or perceived territory, regardless of whether or not they are interacting with the dog. 2.All dogs evaluated for human-directed aggression in our study had a behavior and/or medical abnormality. 3.Episodes of aggression were not limited to specific dog breeds, gender, neuter status, or history of training. 4. The risk of biting may be increased in the presence of pain or disease in the pet. Ilana Reisner PhD, et al www.injuryprevention.com
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  • ALL ANIMALS BITE. Every day!
  • FAMILIES FOCUS EXPECTATIONS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE HARMONY SAFETY & SECURITY SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS
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  • Elements of Interspecies Relationships Unique Individual Species Developmental Age Culture Early Imprinting Environment
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  • Species
    • HUMAN
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    • DOG
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    • CAT
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  • CRITICAL STAGES OF CANINE DEVELOPMENT From the work of Dr. John Scott & Dr. J.L. Fuller EARLY CRITICAL PERIOD (birth – 21 days) AWARENESS PERIOD (21 – 28 days) SOCIALIZATION PERIOD (21 – 49 days) FEAR IMPACT PERIOD (49 days – 12 weeks) JUVENILE PERIOD (3 – 6 months)
  • JEAN PIAGET’S THEORY OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT SENSORIMOTO STAGE (birth to age 2) PREOPERATIONAL STAGE (age 2 to 7) CONCRETE OPERATIONAL STAGE (7 to 11) FORMAL OPERATIONAL STAGE (11 - )
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  • When does developmental age become old? We are always developing, And so are our pets.
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  • All species have some sort of culture, even if it is only defined as early imprinting. Never underestimate early imprinting.
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  • Never underestimate early imprinting. No matter the culture or the species.
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  • Likewise never underestimate the power of education and will. No matter the culture or the species.
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  • BUT THE MOST BASIC ELEMENT IN INTERSPECIES RELATIONSHIPS IS ENVIRONMENT
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    • The Focus of the Animal Welfare Community
    • Rescuing/accepting the animal
    • Placing the animal with a human family
    • Keeping the animal with a human family
    • Removing the animal from a human family
    • The Focus of the Animal Welfare Community
    • Placing the animal with a human family
    • Keeping the animal with a human family
  • Assessing the family TOP THREE CONCERNS Who Wants This PET? WHO is the primary CAREGIVER? Is the family FLEXIBLE & CURIOUS?
  • Assessing the family TOP THREE CONCERNS Who Wants This PET?
  • What is the primary affectional relationship. Who wants this pet. In all current surveys compiled by the the number one reason given for pet adoption was companionship. Parents often give among their top reasons: “ It’s for the kids” Really?
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  • What is the primary caregiving relationship? Who will take care of this pet.
  • Assess the primary caregiver in the family. Although this is usually the mother, do not assume it is, it can be anyone from the grandfather to the oldest sister.
  • Assess the primary caregiver in the family. Although this is usually the mother, do not assume it is, it can be anyone from the grandfather to the oldest sister. This is NOT who will be the primary caregiver for this pet, it is who has that role in the family. If they do not want the pet – DO NOT PROCEED
  • Assessing the family If the parents are heavy handed with the children, generally speaking, they will ALL be heavy handed with the pet.
  • FORMS
  • FORMS INCLUDE COLOURING SHEET
  • Name: Date: Daily Activity & Schedule Sunrise 6am 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Sunset 19pm 20 21 22 23 24 1 2 3 4 5
  • Fixed or constant activities for all species: SLEEP
  • Fixed or constant activities for all species: DRINK
  • Fixed or constant activities for all species: EAT
  • Fixed or constant activities for all species: PEE & POOP
  • Name: Date: Favorite Activities DAYLIGHT: NIGHTIME:
  • IN THE JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS, THERE ARE MANY ADVENTURES AND MANY DETOURS. KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT – NOT ONLY ENHANCES THE JOURNEY, IT CAN TURN THE DETOURS INTO ADVENTURES!
  • Relationships are built with Communication and Trust, Not dominance and submission.
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  • Everything changes, The question becomes How to maintain commitment over time.
  • Everything changes, The answer is to maintain your commitment over time.
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  • Don’t believe in happy endings.
  • Believe in the JOURNEY.
  • And all members of the family can live happily ever after.