In order to empathize with someone’s experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be. – Brené Brown

February 22, 2023

As a dog trainer, I always wonder if it is a good idea to share some of the dark sides of my trade, so I decided – I am. I will use the intro from Dr Jen’s Dog Blog about HARSH TRUTHS AND DIFFICULT CHOICES: THE REALITY OF BEHAVIORAL EUTHANASIA, because I can’t say it any better, and I urge you to read it after this blog.

“This week’s topic is not an easy one to discuss.  Few things in the world of behavior are quite as controversial as the decision to euthanize a dog – it’s a tragic outcome, heartbreaking for owners, trainers, and veterinarians alike. Like all controversial topics, this one tends to provoke strong feelings and opinions on both sides.  And unfortunately, when emotions are running high, misunderstandings and false assumptions are all too common.” Dr Jen.

I have had the privilege of helping some dogs avoid the needle and improve their quality of life. Still, I have also had owners contact me and say they have had to do behavioural euthanasia for some reason. I have even had to take dogs I have been fostering to the vet to put down because of running out of resources to help these dogs. It is always a painful experience, but it is part of my job; I struggle with judgement from strangers, judging those who’ve had to go through it.

I have found a great group that I am a part of that can offer support if you have gone through behavioural euthanasia on FB called Losing Lulu. Be kind!

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