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This page is devoted to information regarding canine behavior problems and will be added to as more information on the subject is located.  Please consider that your pet's "happiness" and "mental health" is totally dependent upon YOU, despite all the folks making a living from offering products/services to "do it for you".

Dog Mirroring Therapy Cures Chronic Depression
CN. THE BATEMAN CLINIC. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. The pioneering work of two Bateman Clinic Doctors, Margaret Flushing and Hudo Mekowski, has given the world of the chronically depressed a new leash on life.
Test subject, Jack Murphy, in the pit
of chronic depression.
Test subject, Jack Murphy, in the pit
of chronic depression.
Jack Murphy (pictured above) was one of many chronically depressed patients seeking help at the Bateman Clinic. He had been under psychiatric care since the age of 13. His 20 years of depression kept him immobilized and unable to hold down a job. Although certain drugs had made improvements in Jack's behavior, he would always fall back. Suicide seemed the only hope to end his battle with depression.

Dr. Margaret Flushing and Dr. Hudo Mekowski had joked with each other about a form of 'Dog Therapy,' since both doctors were dog lovers and had always made them a big part of their lives. They both knew that dogs were born optimists. They also realized that how one acts correlates with how one feels. Dogs 'acted' happy, and because of their actions, they were just that: happy.

Both Flushing and Mekowski had been using a form of therapy based on a model by Alfred Adler, which loosely stated is: you must become best friends with your patient to enact a cure. Of course, like most theorys of therapy it sounded good and worked in some cases, but it failed miserably with the chronically depressed. Flushing and Mekowski decided that being a depressed patient's best friend wasn't enough. They decided to go one step further. Instead of being their patient's best friend, they would turn the patient into man's best friend-the dog. Their controversial therapy became know as 'Dog Mirroring.'

Jack Murphy became the first patient of Dog Mirroring (or DT's, short for Dog Therapy as it became known to the other Doctors at the Bateman Clinic). Here the patient is shown in a basic 'begging posture.'  According to Dr. Flushing, this posture allows the patient to focus his mind while experiencing the happiness of awaiting a treat. A look of 'please' in the eyes while holding this posture teaches basic humility.
This picture shows Jack Murphy in the 'sniffing the fire hydrant posture.' Dr. Mekowski explains, "the SFH posture allows the patient to re-experience their environment, something that most chronically depressed have been estranged from. It also builds self-esteem by letting the patient know that even the most seemingly trivial act of urinating is something that one can enjoy; both the foreplay and the act itself." Both Flushing and Mekowski recommend this posture to anyone who has lost the childlike innocence of 'going to the potty.'

Here we show the patient bringing the 'sniffing the fire hydrant posture' into its fruition with the 'peeing on the fire hydrant posture.' Dr. Flushing made note, "this posture, although somewhat embarrassing to the patient, brings about a sense of serenity and closure, which most chronically depressed people are desperately needing to experience. The posture is the same for males and females. I call this posture the Great Equalizer. If both men and women performed this posture twice a day, the world would undergo a great change."

Here we show the patient, Jack Murphy, cured of his depression after only one month of intensive Dog Mirroring Therapy. Jack is shown here performing the 'catch the stick posture.' "The only side effect of Mirroring Therapy so far," reported Dr. Mekowski, "is the rolling of the eyes into the back of the head   syndrome. The only other problem we have experienced is the patient's compulsion to chase cars and howl at night, but we are confident that we can control these compulsions with the correct dosage of LSD."

"If both men and women would perform this posture twice a day, the world would undergo a great change."
-Dr. Margaret Flushing

Just in case your dog doesn't want to take any of the FDA "approved" canine drugs [like RIMADYL, NSAIDs, etc.], that your veterinarian makes his living from, here's yet another a new solution [note: it's Novartis and Pfizer to the rescue once again]:

FDA has approved two drugs to treat two different behavioral problems affecting some dogs -- Clomicalm Tablets (clomipramine hydrochloride) to be used as part of a comprehensive behavioral management program to treat separation anxiety in dogs greater than six months of age, and Anipryl Tablets (selegiline hydrochloride, L-deprenyl hydrochloride) to control the clinical signs associated with canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS).
Separation anxiety is a complex behavior disorder displayed when the owner or someone the dog is attached to leaves the dog. Dogs with separation anxiety may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms: barking, destructive behavior, excessive salivation, and inappropriate elimination.
Proper recognition of clinical signs, which comes from compiling a complete patient history and assessment of the dog's household environment, is essential to accurately diagnose and treat separation anxiety.
In clinical trials, Clomicalm Tablets, when used with behavior modification, were shown to reduce the signs of separation anxiety and increase the rate of improvement when compared to behavior modification alone.
Anipryl Tablets can control the clinical signs associated with CDS, an age-related deterioration typified by multiple cognitive impairments which affect the dog's ability to function normally. Behavioral changes associated with CDS include disorientation, decreased activity level, abnormal sleep wake cycles, loss of house training, decreased or altered responsiveness to family members, and decreased or altered greeting behavior.
In clinical trials, Anipryl was shown to be effective in controlling clinical signs associated with CDS. However, onset, duration and magnitude of response varied with individual dogs.
The diagnosis of CDS in dogs is a diagnosis of exclusion, based on thorough behavioral and medical histories, in conjunction with appropriate testing and diagnosis. Periodic patient monitoring to evaluate the response and tolerance to the drug and for the presence of concurrent or emergent disease is recommended.
Clomicalm Tablets will be sold by Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. of Greensboro, NC. Anipryl will be sold by Pfizer Animal Health, Inc. of Exton, Pa. Both will be available in tablet form and only on the order of a veterinarian.
"fugettabout da toys . . . where's my 'mood' fix?"


These are just a few of the products/services that I located by surfing the Internet and I am not providing any advice or recommendations here - only information as to some of the things that are available, and/or illustrating how some folks are making their living via tapping into the concerns of pet owners - you need to use your own common sense and/or good judgment.


Will These Secrets Really Work For Your Dog?

These training secrets have been proven time and time again to work. So what's the catch?  You have to actually do it! Most people who fail, do so because they never take action.

They don't have the will-power and desire to train their dogs. They give up and roll over like a helpless dog... rather than take on their dog's obedience training and achieve immediate results with their training.


These are the most frequently reported dog behavior problems and some suggested solutions to them. If your dog's behavior problem continues, we suggest that you seek out a qualified animal behavior expert in your community or consult with ours via telephone: +1.718.651.3840. Would you like to learn how to select a qualified behavior expert? Visit Our Experts to learn the right questions to ask. Our animal behaviorists at Canines of America's Center for Dog Training and Behavior are ready toa assist you. The cost is $95 per incident and major credit cards are accepted.

Dogs on Drugs
In the normal course of operating my canine behavior practice in New York City, I will sometimes work with the family veterinarian and recommend that the veterinarian prescribe a pharmaceutical to assist me in modifying problem behavior exhibited by a family dog.

Who Determines if Medication Should be Prescribed?

The decision should be made by the animal behaviorist, the family veterinarian and the owner. The behaviorist is most experienced with behavior modification and can set up a plan of action to change the unwanted behavior. The veterinarian is most familiar with the animal's heath and should perform tests to determine if the drug will be safe for the animal. And, of course ,the owner must administer the drug and participate in the behavior modification program by performing the exercises, monitoring the animal's progress and reporting back to the behaviorist and veterinarian.


Phenobarbital works well in dogs with stereotypical behaviors that might be associated with seizures, says Dr. Overall. Anticonvulsants were widely used for years in treating behavior problems in dogs, but because of the profound sedative effect, it was difficult to tell if the problem was improved.


Used to treat depression in in human medicine, antidepressants- including Prozac- are beginning to show promising results in veterinary behavior medicine. They are used to reduce anxiety including separation anxiety, fears and some aggression.


Have been used to treat sterotypic and ritualistic behaviors in dogs.

Prozac and Amitriptyine for Canine Behavior Problems



All veterinarians and most dog owners should have this one! Solving a behavior problem often begins with understanding why the problem came about in the first place. Bill Campbell explains what is going on in your friend's head, and then goes on to explain how your interactions with your pet may cause or worsen the problem. Presents humane, efficient, and most importantly, effective ways of dealing with these negative behaviors. Third edition of a classic, extensively revised and updated with the latest concepts and techniques.


There are TONS of book titles to choose from:

1. The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One - by Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard
2. Canine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians - by Bonnie V. Beaver, Ray Kersey (Editor)
3. The Mentally Sound Dog : How to Shape, Train and Change Canine Behavior - by Gail I. Clark, William N. Boyer
4. Canine and Feline Behavior Therapy - by Benjamin L. Hart, Lynette A. Hart
5. The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog - by Terry Ryan, Jackie McCowen (Illustrator), Bruce Fogel
6. Instructions for Veterinary Clients: Canine and Feline Behavior Problems - by Stefanie Schwartz
7. Superdog: Raising the Perfect Canine Companion - by Michael W. Fox
8. Dog Behavior: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet - Dr. Ian Dunbar
9. The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments, and the Psychology of Dogs - by Nicholas H. Dodman
10. Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-to-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavioral Problems in Dogs - by Nicholas H. Dodman
11. The Heart of the Matter: Breaking Codes and Making Connections Between You and Your Dog or Cat - by Paul Loeb, Suzanne Hlavacek
12. The Dog's Mind : Understanding Your Dog's Behavior - by Bruce Fogle
13. Grrr!: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Preventing Aggressive Behavior in Dogs - by Mordecai Siegal, Matthew Margolis
14. When Good Dogs Do Bad Things: Proven Solutions to 30 Common Problems - by Mordecai Siegal, Matthew Margolis
15. Dogspeak: How to Learn It, Speak It, Use It to Develop a Happy, Healthy Well-Behaved Dog - by Bash Dibra, Bashkim Dibra
16. The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs : A Practical Guide to the Physical and Behavioral Displays Owners and Dogs Exchange and How to Use Them - by Myrna M., D.V.M.
17. Culture Clash - by Jean Donaldson - Excellent 4.5 Star rating!


What is D.A.P.?
Developed for pet owners by veterinarians, D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) mimics the properties of the natural pheromones of the lactating female. Within three to five days after giving birth, the female generates pheromones that give their puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance, known as appeasing pheromones.

How is D.A.P. used?
D.A.P. is an easy-to-use "plug-in" diffuser that consists of an electrical plug-in unit and disposable (30-day) bottle that will deliver the pheromone 24 hours a day. It continuously releases the active ingredient into the dog's environment and allows trouble-free treatment in a 650-square-foot area for approximately four weeks.

How can D.A.P. calm dogs in stressful situations?
Pheromones are picked up and detected by an animal's sense of smell producing specific responses. By replicating this signal of comfort, D.A.P. helps alleviate fear and stress related signs in the puppy and adult dog.

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