Horse and Hound Wellness

Horse and Hound Wellness Therapeutic Bodywork for Horses and Hounds in Maryland/Virginia/DC. Private dog obedience training/problem solving sessions offered at client's home.

JoJo has had the honor and pleasure of being the Private Massage Therapist for President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and President George HW Bush, as well as dignitaries, celebrities and professional athletes in the Washington, DC area. Although JoJo has enjoyed success working with people, she has a passion for animals and would like to help improve their quality of life. JoJo is certified in Equine and Canine Bodywork and also certified in Dog Obedience Training.

Mission: Horse and Hound Wellness strives to provide a better quality of life to our Canine and Equine companions through therapeutic bodywork. Obedience training for dogs will improve quality of life for our pooches as well as their owners. CONSIDERATIONS FOR BODYWORK - 60% of the horse's weight is muscle; muscles respond to stress or injury by hyper-contracting, resulting in stress on opposing muscles and/or joints; muscular tension/soreness can be the result of improper body mechanics, structural/muscular imbalances and improper cool-down; animals, as well as humans, anticipate pain. This is evident in their movements, resulting in an uneven gait and/or unwillingness to perform certain movements. BENEFITS OF BODYWORK - Improves circulation; relieves tension in muscles and soft tissue; relaxes and eliminates muscle spasms; increases range of motion; lengthens shortened muscles and fascia thereby promoting better body mechanics and performance; speeds recovery time from surgery or injury by breaking up scar tissue; creates relaxation and improves overall physical and emotional wellness. All horses and dogs can benefit from bodywork, no matter the age or activity level. Massage can play a vital role in an animals well being.

Live, Love, Bark
08/11/2019

Live, Love, Bark

Blingfordoglovers
08/03/2019

Blingfordoglovers

Helpful info for dog lovers🌞🌞🚰 in the summertime. Can print and post on your fridge.And get yourself one of those portable water bottles(www.blingfordoglovers.com) to take on walks and to the park, or in the car.

Equine and Canine News
07/27/2019

Equine and Canine News

The Paw Man - Canine Behavior Specialist
07/15/2019

The Paw Man - Canine Behavior Specialist

You cannot address one and ignore the other.
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(With thanks to Jan for sourcing this item)

Joseph Rudy Rullo
07/13/2019

Joseph Rudy Rullo

This handsome boy "River" is doing great with his Service Dog training.He was rescued from a "kill" shelter and has been...
07/10/2019

This handsome boy "River" is doing great with his Service Dog training.
He was rescued from a "kill" shelter and has been given a 2nd chance. He's very smart and loves to please. He has a very bright future♡

Maryland Horse Rescue
07/04/2019

Maryland Horse Rescue

Happy 4th folks!
Be safe! Be kind! Hug your furry friends ❤

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day!

Horse and Hound Wellness
07/04/2019

Horse and Hound Wellness

****UPDATE****

THIS DOG HAS FOUND A NEW FUREVER HOME!!

I'm so happy and relieved!

This cute little Terrier is in need of a forever home. A Client of mine (Maryland) acquired this dog a couple of weeks ago and cannot keep him because their other dog is very dog aggressive, unfortunately. (Sigh)
This cutie is a little fearful as his previous owner kept him in a garage for almost 2 years and never took him out for walks. However, I walked with him on a leash and he did very well. Although he was fearful of me initially when I met him and tried to nip at me if I touched him, after our walk he was letting me pet him and rub his belly. Please contact me if you know of anyone who can give this dog a forever home ..
with no other dogs. A little patience is required so this pup can overcome his fear and trust humans. I would hate to see him end up in a shelter.

****UPDATE****THIS DOG HAS FOUND A NEW FUREVER HOME!!I'm so happy and relieved!This cute little Terrier is in need of a ...
07/01/2019

****UPDATE****

THIS DOG HAS FOUND A NEW FUREVER HOME!!

I'm so happy and relieved!

This cute little Terrier is in need of a forever home. A Client of mine (Maryland) acquired this dog a couple of weeks ago and cannot keep him because their other dog is very dog aggressive, unfortunately. (Sigh)
This cutie is a little fearful as his previous owner kept him in a garage for almost 2 years and never took him out for walks. However, I walked with him on a leash and he did very well. Although he was fearful of me initially when I met him and tried to nip at me if I touched him, after our walk he was letting me pet him and rub his belly. Please contact me if you know of anyone who can give this dog a forever home ..
with no other dogs. A little patience is required so this pup can overcome his fear and trust humans. I would hate to see him end up in a shelter.

Horse is Love
06/26/2019

Horse is Love

Dog training with Max and J-Lo today.♡♡♡
06/15/2019

Dog training with Max and J-Lo today.♡♡♡

Horse is Love
06/15/2019

Horse is Love

Horse is Love
06/13/2019

Horse is Love

Dog Bless You
06/12/2019

Dog Bless You

K9 Eros from Placer County Deputy Sheriffs' Association crossed the rainbow bridge this week, and he will be missed. Gunshot wound survivor, but lost the battle against cancer. End of Watch June 6, 2019 ❤️

Great Photobomb!
06/11/2019

Great Photobomb!

06/11/2019
LADbible

LADbible

'Finn's Law' comes into effect today, which ensures criminals who attack police dogs and horses face much harsher sentences. Fantastic news 👏🏻👏🏻

Fabulous Finn

Okla. baby recovering from dog attack
06/08/2019
Okla. baby recovering from dog attack

Okla. baby recovering from dog attack

A baby is recovering from serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in Stephens County last month.

Joseph Rudy Rullo
06/05/2019

Joseph Rudy Rullo

Reach Out Rescue & Resources
05/27/2019

Reach Out Rescue & Resources

On today’s Memorial Day, let's also remember the thousands of military dogs that have helped the Armed Forces over the decades. In World War II alone, 10,425 dogs joined the US troops, as sentry dogs and patrol dogs or to help find mines and injured soldiers. Or, they carried important messages through dangerous territory. More recently, Explosives Detection dogs have been deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and in many other locations.

A heartfelt “thank you” to all veterans! Have a safe and happy holiday!

And if you have some time today, don’t forget to send us a photo of YOUR pet for our calendar contest! It’s free! Here’s the link: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/reachoutrescue

(Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Wade (U.S. Air Force) VIRIN: 130621-F-IW762-999.JPG)

05/26/2019
Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

This is a great example of why when a mother raises her pups, the pups, as they mature, do not suffer from overly anxious and hyper-aroused behaviour, as when they are raised with humans. See how the mother calms her pups; she will not reward and therefore reinforce the pups anxious or overly hyper-aroused state. She sets boundaries and enforces with discipline impulse control to calm them.

Now instead of the pups being anxious for feeding, imagine its a pup (or pups) anxious for attention from humans! How many puppy owners reinforce or reward this type of anxious and hyper-aroused behaviour in their new puppy, believing its cute? From my experience, MOST puppy owners! Even many purely positive puppy preschools are encouraging puppy owners to reward and therefore reinforce this type of "cute" behaviour. Overly anxious and hyper-aroused behaviour is NOT cute, its psychologically damaging!

Teaching a puppy impulse control and respecting personal space is so important for the psychological welfare of your puppy. Without this type of enforcement as displayed by this mother in the video, these pups would end up psychologically unstable and overly anxious dogs that would not be welcome in their social group (pack). She knows this instinctively. We need to learn from a dogs natural instinctive behaviour, if we wish to raise future well balanced and psychologically stable dogs.

No more suckling mother says! :)

I enjoyed my time with these 3 pups while in NH but 4 dogs in a household can be a bit chaotic without constant leadersh...
05/19/2019

I enjoyed my time with these 3 pups while in NH but 4 dogs in a household can be a bit chaotic without constant leadership. Here they are learning to wait before going outside...not to bolt when screen is open. (Impulse control). We also worked on boundaries. The top of the couch, which gives access to windows, provided them with a sense of dominance and excitement which led to constant barking. Now they can only go on it if they are invited. Less excitement and chaos.
Good job Jasper, Bruiser, Boston and Bella (not shown).

05/17/2019

Had the pleasure of working with a client this week that had three rescued (😁) dogs...Rottweiler, Akita and Pit Bull. Three very powerful breeds!
These beautiful dogs needed impulse control, boundaries, as well as a strong foundation of obedience and consistent leadership to eliminate aggression issues. Great initial session pups!
#ALLDOGSMATTER!

05/17/2019

Can dogs be spiteful?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugly :-). What is undesirable for some may not be to others. What is intolerable for some, may be tolerable to others. Some behaviors that are normal to dogs, digging, barking, chasing small furry creatures or objects, peeing in the house (especially if not neutered), chewing your favorite things, etc… are simply not tolerable to humans. The important thing to remember is that your dog is NOT BEING SPITEFUL. Noway, nohow. Dogs are not capable of this emotion. I can certainly understand how some behaviors get interpreted in this light. If your friend or family member peed on your couch on purpose, what other reason could they possibly have? And here is the issue, we are applying human psychology to the canine mind. While there are similarities between the human and canine species, there are many more differences. Dogs do not rationalize, reason, or obsess. They react and run on instinct. They are not capable of spiteful behavior.

05/15/2019

I truly have no words to describe how incredible Jojo is! To start, Jojo was incredibly patient and has the wonderful gift of not making you ever feel pressured to work with her! Jojo is also very thorough and I never once felt rushed during our phone consultation. During the training session, I felt as though I learned so much and for the first time in two months that I had more control. It has been a few weeks since I last met with Jojo, and with practice, I have seen significant improvements with my fur baby! Overall, I could not be happier to have worked with Jojo; I look forward to working with her again! Bottom line, I highly recommend her! Thank you so much Jojo, for all that you do and going above and beyond for your clients and their fur kids!

Brittany 5/19
Thumbtack Review

05/15/2019

As descendants of wolves, dogs are instinctual pack animals. They instinctually seek to join whatever pack is nearby. This explains why dogs can get along so well with so many other animals, especially other pack or herd animals like horses, cows, and sheep. There’s even at least one case of a dog and elephant becoming best friends.

It’s also why dogs have bonded so well with humans. We too are social creatures and dogs instinctually sense that and seek to join our pack. We humans have become ‘ or should be ‘ their Pack Leaders now.

In a dog pack, there are three positions: front, middle, and rear. The dogs in front lead the pack in search of what they need to survive: food, water, and shelter. They both direct and protect. The dogs in the back are the most sensitive, and their job is to alert the pack to danger.

The dogs in the middle are happy-go-luck mediators. It’s their job to maintain stable energy between the front and the back of the pack ‘ and to settle down packmates that start to show unstable energy, You can easily spot middle of the pack dogs in a dog park ‘ they’re the ones that rush over and break it up when two or more dogs start to play a little too rough or get into a fight.

Every dog can’t be a leader of the pack. Most dog packs have very few leaders, meaning the rest of the dogs are followers. That’s the model for us we bring a dog into our human packs. It’s essential that the humans be Pack Leaders, with the dog following.

If a dog does not have strong pack leadership from its humans, it may become unbalanced, which can lead to confusion, anxiety, or aggression and behavior problems in the dog. A dog can only be balanced and secure when it knows what its humans want and receives very clear and consistent direction.

Cesar Millan

05/05/2019
Passion Equestre

Passion Equestre

✔ TROP MIGNON - Ils sont tous les deux trop choup

05/05/2019
Ruespari

Ruespari

Trending: the be flexible award goes to...
This is the best Fail Friday save we have ever seen! This rider deserves an award for this epic dismount!
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#ruespari #beflexible

05/02/2019
Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Allowing emotions to dictate your dog training ideology, is placing your own misguided feelings above your dogs overall well-being

Equine and Canine News
05/02/2019

Equine and Canine News

Equine and Canine News
04/21/2019

Equine and Canine News

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04/19/2019
Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Yup!

If you are too focused on blaming your dog for unwanted behaviours, you are denying your own responsibility for your dogs actions.

Great article!  E-Collars, when used properly, are a great training tool.
04/15/2019

Great article! E-Collars, when used properly, are a great training tool.

Cane Toads are poisonous to dogs. Below is a list of symptoms to look out for:

🐾 Profuse salivation, drooling and/or frothing from the mouth
🐾 Very red and slimy gums
🐾 Pawing at the mouth
🐾 Vomiting
🐾 Disorientation, shivers and/or tremors
🐾 Muscle rigidity, spasms or seizures
🐾 Very rapid heart rate and/or heart beat irregularities
🐾 Death

This really isn't a post about Cane Toads, its more about the advantages of applying positive punishment to stop a behaviour, and why it works so quickly and effectively.

A dog will not chase an animal or interact with anything it has been conditioned to avoid. The only way any animal learns to avoid anything, is if there is a reason to avoid it, and that reason can only be due too experiencing a negative or unpleasant consequence when showing interest in, or before interacting with, whatever we want the dog to avoid. Avoidance is only possible if there is a reason to avoid.

So let me ask you, would you rather risk your dog getting very sick or even dying from eating or playing with a Cane Toad? Or would you rather your dog experience a harmless unpleasant consequence that the dog associates as being administered by the toad, to condition the dog to avoid interacting with toads? I am sure your answer would be, a harmless instant discomfort is better than poisoning.

So how do we achieve this? The most effective way is with a remote training collar (ecollar). A remote training collar administers a harmless static pulse. The strength of the static pulse we administer must be above the dogs threshold of discomfort in that moment, for the dog to want to avoid the discomfort. Whenever we administer positive punishment (P+) (if we administer P+ correctly) the dog associates either its current behaviour or what it is focused on in that moment with the unpleasant consequence. So if for example, as soon as the dog shows interest in the toad, it feels an unpleasant consequence above its threshold of discomfort, and there is no other obvious reason from the dogs perspective for the unpleasant feeling, then the dog must associate the feeling with the toad, and therefore toads should be avoided.

Now say instead of an ecollar we use a leash correction. The dog will most probably associate the leash correction with the handler, so will only avoid toads when the handler is present, because obviously, we cannot apply an unpleasant consequence with a leash, unless we are with the dog. This is what we term situational learning; avoid toads when on leash and with a particular person. However, an ecollar correction can be administered when we are not near the dog. We don't even have to be in the same vicinity as the dog, as long as we can observe the dog to know when to apply the aversive. As long as we get the timing right, and the dog receives the unpleasant static pulse each time it pays attention to the toad, then obviously the dog will learn to consciously avoid toads, overriding its predatory instinct triggered by the toad.

To suggest that ecollars administer electric shocks, is really an emotive statement by those pushing the positive-only and force-free ideology, and has no truth to the statement. Its more like a static pulse, such as when you get a static discharge when touching your car sometimes. I would much rather my dog feel that, than be poisoned by a toad.

One last point, redirecting your dogs attention away from the toad onto a toy or treat, does NOT teach your dog to AVOID the toad. Yes, it may redirect your dogs attention away from the toad if its motivation to receive a treat or chase a toy is the stronger motivator. However, for this method to be effective (if its working), a human must be present each and every time the dog sees a toad, so as to be able to introduce the food or toy. If there is no person there to introduce these, then there is no overriding motivator to stop the dog being triggered into predatory drive and interacting with the toad.

04/04/2019
Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Dogs are suffering because emotion has become more important than the reality!

Emotion has blinded so many from seeing the facts!

Equine and Canine News
04/02/2019

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Equine and Canine News
03/24/2019

Equine and Canine News

Yup!
03/23/2019

Yup!

Dog Lover
03/21/2019

Dog Lover

Happiness is being with dogs

03/19/2019
Mark Singer Dog Behaviour Specialist

Spot on!

Anxiety & the power of classical conditioning!
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We so need to be aware, that emotion drives behaviour. And the stronger that emotional state, the more intense and focused the accompanying behaviour. I recently observed a small breed dog that when it suddenly snapped into an extreme anxious state, would attack, very aggressively, inanimate objects such as doors and gates, trying to rip them to pieces. The intensity of this aggressive response to a none threatening object shocked me. This dog was highly distressed. Just the sight of its food bowl, would instantly snap it into this overly anxious state.

A DOG HAS NO CONTROL OVER ITS EMOTIONAL STATES. EMOTIONAL STATES THAT THE DOGS OWNER MAY HAVE UNINTENTIONALLY (FROM AN EARLY AGE) CONDITIONED, SUCH AS EXTREME ANXIETY.

From day one of a new puppy going to its new home, so many new owners go totally against mother nature, by rewarding and reinforcing over the top excited, overly stimulated and anxious behaviours, and not setting boundaries. By that I also mean emotional boundaries. Many even allow family members, friends, strangers, and even other dogs, to negatively affect the puppy's emotional state, and all because it looks cute!

Every puppy owner should learn, understand, and not underestimate the power of classical conditioning, and how it can quite easily be used to condition extreme involuntary emotional and distressed states in a puppy/dog. A state that the dog has no conscious control over.

Classical conditioning, doesn't only cause a dog to salivate (Pavlov), or used to condition involuntary behavioural responses to commands and clicks from a clicker. It can have a powerful effect on a dogs emotions!

Please, don't treat your puppy like a little fluffy toy, that is only there to satisfy and fulfil your own emotional needs. Your number one priority is your puppy's emotional states, and you need to always be aware of them, and set boundaries for them.

A puppy's mother knows how to set these boundaries instinctively, and not reinforce an unnatural anxious state in her pups, and will even punish an overly anxious pup if required. So do other well balanced dogs. How often have you seen a dog rush over to an overly anxious dog and physically punish it, to help it snap out of that state?

Our number one priority as our puppy's owner, is to never get our puppy into a distressed (overly stimulated) state in the first place, no matter how cute it looks, or how much we feel the puppy is enjoying itself! Once a distressed overly stimulated emotional state has been conditioned in a dog, it can be extremely difficult to get the dog back into a more balanced emotional state, especially if the emotional state has been allowed to get to the extreme!

Learn how to set boundaries by paying very careful attention to your pups emotional state, and not allowing the pup to get into an overly stimulated and emotional state. And if need be, yes, even applying positive punishment or negative reinforcement to help snap the puppy out of that state, if it has gone to far. Just as it's mother would do. This does not mean getting angry at the puppy, it means remaining calm but assertive, and applying as much discomfort as required, that is just above the pups current threshold of discomfort, to help it snap back into a more calmer emotional state. Obviously, the best course of action, is never setting the puppy up for failure in the first place, and we do that by helping the puppy control its emotional states in the way we, (and allow others to) interact with it.

This is the number one reason so many dogs end up on psychotropic medication! Puppy owners allowing their pups to get too emotional, and overly stimulated, because it looks cute. Don't allow your puppy to get into a state that you don't want in your adult dog! Don't use the excuse, "oh it's just a puppy, it will grow out of it". In most cases, this indeed is not the case.

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