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The Dog Trainer said to put my dog to sleep for aggression

I often get calls from people here in Greenville, SC and all over the southeast who tell me the same thing after they have told me their story…

They say “The Dog Trainer said to put my dog to sleep for aggression”…

I have been actively seeking the most serious and bizarre dog behavior problems for rehabilitation for nearly the past 10 years as a profession. In that time, I have heard countless stories from my grateful clients that have seen great results with my methods. They had thought everything was hopeless due to one misinformed dog trainer who was afraid of seriously threatening behavior.

If the dog training “expert” that you hire has suggested that your dog should be “put down” due behavior problems, it time to call in a bonafied dog behaviorist like me, Jason Miller. Dog trainers are taught about training familiar behavior through repetition. Often using some sort of modified Pavlovian conditioning… usually the tool of choice for most trainers are clickers and treats.

The reality is, these methods only create limited behaviors linked to words that humans can understand. Examples are “sit, stay, down, come heel” and these commands are simply ways for us humans to get the dog to do what we want. Training though, does NOT focus on the dogs natural needs or instincts.

Imagine a dog trainer arriving with a bag of treats and clicker only to be met by and aggressive, challenging English Mastiff weighing in at nearly 200lbs! Now image that this big dog could care less about your little clicking noise and treats because YOU are now his lunch! Many seriously troubled dogs are NOT food motivated so trying to trade food for wanted behaviors is a loosing battle in many cases.

Now image that you could communicate in the dogs natural methods. This is what a Dog Behaviorist does… but not all dog behaviorists are the same! The most effective behaviorists are the ones who eat, sleep and breathe pack mentality similar to famed behaviorist Cesar Millan. Many people call us “Dog Whisperers” because we can arrive at your home and within mere minutes have evaluated the situation and be influencing totally different behaviors in your dog.

NEXT and most important is that a qualified Behaviorist has the ability to TEACH YOU how to communicate with your dogs in a natural way that harnesses your body language and energy. This is why I come to my clients homes to help correct these problems. I can see what the dog is trying to communicate and help the owners understand and communicate BACK. By teaching through example, my clients learn the basics of dog psychology and pack mentality.

I often arrive to aggressive greetings that send trainers running for the hills. There is one very well known local trainer right here in Greenville, SC that has told nearly a dozen people that they should put their dog down for aggression. Thankfully a lot of his clients find me after that… but I do have to wonder how many take the poor advice!

Dog are NOT throw away! The practice of euthanasia to deal with our own human ignorance of dog behavior is a practice that should not be allowed in 2011 heading into 2012. Yet everyday there is a dog trainer telling unknowing clients that they should kill their dog! Veterinarians are guilty of the same suggestion as are some groomers and other dog “professionals.”

My advice to dog trainers and vets who do not understand canine fear, aggression and other behaviors is this. Please find a local dog whisperer who has the real life experience to help your clients when “training” doesn’t work. Rather then suggest a horrid end to an already troubled home, have them call me or some other behaviorist who specializes in pack mentality.

This is a very dangerous occupation so there are not very many people willing to intervene when things go bad. In fact there are very few of us servicing the United States that my travels have me helping families in much of the southeast including Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Since there are so few of us, I also travel anywhere in the United States where my clients need me.

Euthanasia for the sake of not wanting to deal with our dogs behavior problems is NOT an answer. If you think it is then I encourage you to read THIS blog post entitled: Animal Shelter Realities… Adopt don’t shop

If you are in need of help for your serious dog behavior problems then give me call. I am Jason Miller and you can reach me at 864-248-6472

Aggressive Greenville, SC Chihuahuas get help from Dog Whisperer Jason Miller

I got a call recently from some folks located here in Greenville, SC about a problem they were having with their aggressive Chihuahuas. The man of the house explained that he had been bitten by the older chihuahua named Luigi, and he was concerned that the younger one was learning these behaviors.

When I arrived, I was greeted with a very ferocious chihuahua bearing teeth and trying to get out and attack me. This is a common reason that my clients call me out to help… They often have unruly dogs that dominate the door. Since this case included a bite, I considered it an emergency case and headed right over. When I got there it looked like a case of what some would call “chihuahuas from hell”…

I have included the first part of the 2 part video series so make sure you follow the link at the end to watch part 2! Within one visit a dramatic change is observed in the respect these two dogs show their owners at the door. The owners learn how to communicate using their body language and energy so the dogs understand hat they want. Thanks to the pack mentality, the changes in behavior of the older more dominant dog will positively influence the young pup Yoshi. Their new understanding of dog psychology will serve them well in building a strong pack that is balanced and happy.

If you have having extreme dog behavior problems, then you need to give me a call. I do not teach “sit, stay and roll over” because I am not a dog trainer. Training will NOT help the most severe problems. I am a dedicated dog behaviorist who has been helping with the worst behavior problems all over the south east for nearly a decade. Aggression, biting, fear, nervousness, anxiety, destructive behaviors, barking and many other serious problems CAN be rehabilitated providing YOU have the time, patience and are willing to LEARN.

So it doesn’t matter if you are from Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia or Myrtle Beach… I travel all over the southeast helping folks with dog problems. North Carolina, South Carolina Georgia and beyond… Give me a call now if you need help fast. I can help!

Now here is Luigi and Yoshi…

Dog Bite News: Edwin McCains Son Bitten By Rottweiler: Greenville Dog Whisperers thoughts

I wanted to take a moment to comment on dog bites in the news. Since singer Edwin McCains son was recently bitten in the face by a Rottweiler at a local YMCA sporting event, what better time to address this.

First off, I want to take a moment to offer my most sincere, heart felt “get well soon” to Watt McCain. From my family here at Camp Dog Trouble to the McCain family, we wish you all a fast recovery and will keep you in our prayers.

I would also like to offer the McCain family an open invitation, especially Watt, to come meet a small pack of well behaved dogs… including a calm submissive Rottweiler who was raised around children. It is important for a dog bite victim to move past one badly behaved dog. It is also important for children to learn HOW to behave around dogs as well, so I would be honored to teach the McCain family how to understand more about dog psychology and how to be around strange dogs. My offer is open… Edwin feel free to call me personally at 864-248-6472.

I got a frantic voicemail one day from a man who said his 80 pound dog has bitten his small child in the face. So I explained that I consider this a “red zone” case with emergency priority. Days later at his home, I observe some things that are slightly out of balance, nothing hugely wrong. After pointing out the real issues in pack leadership and teaching them about setting boundaries and handling the excitable behavior, we finished the consultation.

A few weeks later at our follow up appointment, the family is in from out of town visiting… yet the excitable big dog is just calmly hanging back. I like what I see! The young child is at the dinner table and I notice a tape box on the floor around the childs high chair. During feeding the dog approaches the child and the child points and says “shhhhht”… the dog bows in respect and turns away as he should. I am so impressed!

The child who was attacked once was now one of the youngest dog whisperers on the planet! At two years old (I think) I saw a young pack leader who will forever have the knowledge of how to be around a dog. Think about that small child earning the respect of that 80 pound dog to that degree.

This brings us to responsibility. Plain and simple… Your dogs behavior is YOUR responsibility. There are always signs of this type of dangerous behavior before these tragic events happen. If people would swallow their pride and get the proper help from a proven dog behaviorist early on… these things would not happen.

A trained dog is not the same as a well behaved dog. Without your dogs trust and respect as his or her pack leader, all the training in the world will not prevent this type of attack. In fact if you call most dog trainers and say “my dog bit a kids face”… they will tell you to put the dog down. My clients story above proves them wrong.

Let me say that again… There is never a need for this type of thing to happen. It is the owners fault that they were not in the moment enough to see the early warning signs and correct them at the very second the focus was to high. You can ALWAYS see it… IF you are paying attention. What’s more… YOU are often the cause of the attack. You have to be your dogs pack leader 110% of the time and set the rules and boundaries. You also have to be IN THE MOMENT and paying attention to your pack at all times as a good pack leader should.  That applies to all dogs big or small!

I am open to accept this Rottweiler as a client for rehabilitation should the owner, Kennith Shaw the want help. If the judge allow this dog to live it desperately needs rehabilitation by someone who has had success helping many “dangerous dogs” recover. They are free to contact me… as are any readers who may be having behavior issues and seeing the early warning signs. I am absolutely 100% certain that I can rehabilitate this dog, there is no reason to euthanize this animal!

When you see your dog is staring too intently at something… or with too much focus you must correct him. When you see your dog is getting too excitable or going into inappropriate “prey drive” around young children running around… you have to correct the behavior. At the highest level the eyes will change and almost “bug out” in a very unnerving way.

The news, along with the McCains and their lawyer are focusing on banning dogs at childrens events. I can think of no more cruel thing than to change a policy and prevent a child from his beloved canine friend being a part of his life.

We need to focus on raising awareness that dog owners need to learn more about their dogs psychology and pack leadership needs. Dogs need three primary things in this order.

1) Plenty of exercise

2) Discipline (meaning rules and boundaries)

3) Affection comes last

Today in America the “dog lovers” love and pamper their dogs as if they were humans first. They are not humans… Dog must have a pack leader and rules to follow all of the time.

It is my hope that Edwin would consider helping me raise awareness about the pack leadership and exercise needs of our dogs. That is the only TRUE way to help prevent more of these types of needless injuries. Had this dog had a brisk “leadership walk” for a half hour or so before this game,  this event likely would not have occurred. Tired dogs are not as excitable and get in less trouble, but they still need rules and the owners attention at all times.

No laws banning any breed will ever help this problem. No policies banning dogs from their families sporting events will help. Only taking responsibility, leading our dogs and meeting their needs will reduce the numbers of children who are injured by dogs. If the dog bite doesn’t occur at a sporting event it will be elsewhere.. a park… downtown… at the family picnic… You get the idea.

Laws or policy changes will only shift where the injuries occur, they will never deal with the real problem. Educating “dog lovers” so that they can be EDUCATED dog lovers who fulfill their dogs primal needs is where the awareness needs to be focused.

~Jason Miller

Aggressive Greenville, SC dog cured! Dog behaviorist Jason can help bad dogs recover! forget bark busters barkbusters

I am so pleased to have the opportunity to help so many people with their dog behavior problems here in South Carolina and beyond. It doesn’t matter if you are in Greenville, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Clemson or Anderson…. I have clients all over SC & NC.

A red zone aggression case came my way recently that brought reason for great concern. This cute little dog had been getting aggressive with strangers and kids and had chased and pinned a lawyer neighbor against a wall! Imagine how ugly that could have gotten!

Before things got any worse, I rushed over to help get things back in balance…


Watch this video to see how well behaved Chloe the dog is now a month after ONE single consultation with me. I am always happy to see clients follow through with the program and love seeing their amazing results.

If you or someone you know is having serious dog behavior problems….

Have them visit me here at DogTrouble.Net or call me at 864.248.6472 ~Jason

There IS hope!

Still having dog behavior problems after “obedience training”??

So many times I get emails saying “we sent him to obedience school”. Then they go on to explain the respect and behavior issues they are still having with there “trained” dog.

There are many fine schools who do a fantastic job of teaching dogs all the commands of obedience training. They will have your dog staying and retrieving things in an amazing fashion. You will see your dog behaving like a perfect pooch under the trainers guidance. This training can be very important for you and your dog. Nothing beats a well trained dog who will respect you and listen to you. I have nothing but respect for top notch training facilities.

Here is the thing… obedience training will not help respect and behavior issues. Once you get home, if you do not understand the leadership mentality you will see a quick return to the old behaviors.

That is where I come in. While training is important, until you understand the natural pack relationship that you dog needs in order to respect you, no amount of training will help.

If you are ready to have a better relationship with your dog then go ahead and give me a call, we can see if you qualify for a behavior consultation to get your dogs attitude back on track. Even if you have spent thousands on “training”… there is hope for your dog. Call me…  864-248-6472

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