for a Dog's Mental Well Being?
veterinarians, just as human doctors, feel that the answer to
many behavioral woes comes in a pill bottle. There are tremendous
flaws in this way of thinking and let me cite, thorough my personal
experiences, why I state this.
of the over 20,000 dogs I have trained, and I can't count how
many dogs I I have seen and evaluated I saw one candidate for
mood leveling drugs. One out of all those dogs. The particular
dog I am referring to had a problem with seizures. All the the
rest of the dogs that supposedly needed these mood levelers (which
I include uppers, downers, and antidepressants) were incorrectly
being drugged. The dogs were made to suffer (even at the lightest
dosages because of addictions, drinking to much water, and various
other actions). What the dogs needed in every case was a practical
approach through an avenue of training. Whether it was obedience,
protection, or tracking, etc. the training methods corrected the
problems not the pill box.
would never be so presumptuous to dabble in the medical/prescriptions
field because I don't know enough. Veterinarians should take the
same attitude when it comes to correcting problems that require
a regimented training schedule.
by Neal Seaman