Jon C Wedemeyer ISCP.Dipl.Canine.Prac, MCMA
I have always deeply loved dogs, more so than people I think. Ever since I got my first puppy as a young boy, I have always had a very strong connection with dogs and have just really understood them. I get dogs... and I have always been able to read them, and communicate back to them very clearly and effortlessly, often without saying a word, just body language and a touch.
Does this mean I am some sort of "Dog Whisperer?" The answer to that is an emphatic NO! That is the stuff bad TV shows, YouTube videos and books are made of. Beware of people that tout themselves as "Dog Whisperers" as they are trying to brand themselves and are usually just in it for the money and celebrity. Most, like one particularly famous one, have no formal training or background and they are totally misleading everyone in terms of how best to communicate with, treat and work with our canine companions.
I am very proud to be a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA). I am completing my membership in the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
Working with dogs is NEVER about dominance, intimidation, or any kind of verbal or physical abuse... EVER! I find some of the these shows and YouTube videos quite appalling in fact, and actually can't believe what I've seen some of these "Dog Whisperers" do to these poor animals! Plus the fact, dogs don't whisper... they communicate very clearly.
I am a dog LISTENER, I listen to my dogs. Dogs speak with their bodies and their vocalizations. Dogs really do speak, but only to those who know how to listen, you just have to understand what they are saying to you. I observe them very carefully and read what they are telling me, then I try to communicate very clearly back to them.
Since 2012, my experience and relationship with dogs has turned professional and it has been an amazing journey. For almost two years, I assisted an acupuncture vet by handling her canine patients while she treated them. What this means is that I got to hold all sizes, shapes and breeds of dog down on a mat, then restrain and keep them calm for about 30 mins, without them moving, getting up or shaking off needles, all while she stuck more and more needles in them. It was an amazing experience and one I feel has enabled me to further understand dogs body language and signals and how to listen, calm and communicate with them. I was never bitten by a client (dog or cat) and I think we only ever lost two or three needles, and that was a horse client!
Since July, 2014 I have volunteered at a local rescue shelter and worked with their rescue dogs on many different levels. It has been an amazing experience and I have learned how to help relax these stressed out, often untrained, fearful and sometimes aggressive dogs and enhance the human-dog bond. With these rescue dogs, what I try to do first is build/re-build the sense of trust in humans and bonding which is so necessary in order to help and train them. Then I can work on the other stuff.
After working in shelters and with so many aggression cases, I am not afraid of any dog I am called on to work with, because I can't afford to be afraid. I don't show or feel fear of any dog, but I totally respect and watch every one of them, every second I am working with them.
I have only been bitten once that I can remember, out of all the dogs I have ever worked with and that was when my instincts got the best of me and I jumped in and actually body-tackled a PBT to break up a dog-fight. I had to put both hands in its mouth to keep it from killing the other dog and that is actually how I got bit. Stupid yes. But, my hands healed quickly, both dogs survived and both were in-fact adopted less than two weeks later! Would I do it again? To save a dog, you better believe it...
I was formally trained in Canine Psychology and Behavior by the International School for Canine Psychology and Behavior ISCP, one of the leading schools for canine practitioners in England. As a proud graduate, I am now certified in and have a diploma in Canine Psychology and Behavior. Being a graduate of the ISCP also means that I have an army of over 200 fellow canine behavior consultants which I collaborate with and am able to share ideas, new scientific information and case studies with.
I am continuing my canine studies and am currently taking the Certificate Course in Canine Emotion and Cognition at Duke University and will be obtaining training and behavior certifications through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) in the very near future, as well as becoming a Karen Pryor KPCTP and will continue my formal education and certifications from there.
Whatever the issues your are having with your pet, from annoying to dangerous and in-between, I will be glad to discuss your case with you! Please call, email or go to my "CONTACT ME" page and fill out the short contact form there.
I look forward to hearing from you!