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I rescued The Bug from a dysfunctional household, where she lived behind a couch amid domestic strife and drug trafficking. When dog food was provided it was a standard brand perfectly appropriate for a Great Dane.

For The Bug, every kernel exceeded the span of her tiny teeth and she developed mouth sores and an infection so severe it earned her the name “Stinky” from her owners. I was called on to intervene — and took her home, treated her infections, fed her broth and boiled chicken, and hoped she would survive.

And survive she did – becoming a bright and happy dog that was social, loving and accomplished in tricks and charm. Mad about kittens, fearless with dogs many times her size, and totally accepting of humans despite her early mistreatment, The Bug was a tiny package of everything that makes us love dogs.

“All this horse does is sleep and mope” his owner told me when she called. “What are we doing wrong?” The vet had been out and couldn’t find a physical cause.

I researched his history a little more, and found out that Buckley had been relocated after the death of his previous owner. The new owners had taken a “hands off” approach while they waited for him to adjust to his new surroundings, but that was exactly the opposite of what this horse needed.

Grieving and insecure in new and unfamiliar surroundings, he needed extra attention and interaction to help him bond with his new owners. We developed a schedule for daily grooming and riding, and they followed my advice to include him, as much as they could, in outdoor family activities. In a few weeks, Buckley was a different horse and interacting well in his new situation.

I received a call from Jinx’s owner, Jenny, after he had lunged at her little boy, giving him a black eye. “You need to do something right now” I told her, “the next time he could bite.” And it was was clear from his attitude when I entered the house, that this dog was a danger.

Jenny was pregnant, newly relocated to Rapid City, and her husband was deployed to Iraq. The dog was missing the family member he most respected, disturbed over the move, and a classic example of a dog filled with fear and confusion reacting with mounting hostility and aggression.

Jinx’s reactions were so fear-based and persistent that they suggested a chemical imbalance so I treated him with drops of pear and orange flower essences.

We also had multiple sessions – sometimes difficult at first — reinforcing to the dog that his role was subordinate to that of Jenny and her toddler.

After some training and behavioral work, Jinx became a more secure and relaxed dog, giving up his threatening behavior towards family members and visitors.

Wendy had an experience that’s not all that unusual. When you rescue a stray it can seem docile and gentle at first only to become after while, well, a whole different animal.

In poor physical condition and initially keeping a low profile in his new household, Midnight seemed like he would fit right in. But as his strength increased, so did his attitude. Soon he exhibited an unhappy tendency to unprovoked biting.

We had to teach Midnight the difference between good behavior and bad behavior — praising him lavishly for the former and using a form of kitty “time out” for the latter.

Soon he was a rehabilitated cat and living harmoniously with his new clan.

Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews Animal Behaviorist
Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, is a pet psychology center owned by animal behaviorist, Katherine Andrews.

My passion is to train and rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Through my early love for animals, I developed it into a lifetime career and commitment.

Backed with 20 years of animal training experience, I take pride in making life better for people and pets through my animal psychology services.

Qualifications:

- Certified Trainer, American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Pet Partners
- Head Trainer for Lane Logan Memorial Foundation
- Better Business Bureau Rating A+
Learn More About Katherine Andrews