Northern Ca search and Rescue in 2006 and 2010
Santa Cruz county Sheriff' office in 1998
Wheaton Terrier rescue in 2008
German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California 2009-2010
NORCAL Boxer Rescue
Palo Alto Animal Control
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HONOR THE DOG.
My name is Jimi Dixon and I love dogs. I call myself a Dog Behaviorist because I study dogs and have spent years using many different techniques to bring them back to balance. When I am successful, it is because the dog has good influences at home. I am not training the dog. My main goal is to educate and train humans. Dogs will naturally reflect the energy that is around them this minute, and whether it is good energy or bad depends on the human.
Wikipedia defines Dog Behaviourist this way
A dog behaviourist is a person who works in modifying or changing behavior in dogs. They can be experienced dog handlers, who have developed their experience over many years of hands-on experience, or have formal training up to degree level. Some have backgrounds in veterinary science, animal science, zoology, sociology, biology, or animal behavior, and have applied their experience and knowledge to the interaction between humans and dogs. Professional certification may be offered through either industry associations or local educational institutions. There is however no compulsion for behaviorists to be a member of a professional body nor to take formal training
I grew up in rural Colorado and there was no shortage of animals or opportunities to study and interact with them. I have always trained other people's dogs, neighbors dogs, friends dogs-and when the opportunity came along to create a unique way for people to learn how to create a better relationship with their dogs, I took it.
I have studied, worked and volunteered with many organizations, trainers, canine professionals and breeders, and learned a lot from all of them.
The biggest thing I noticed is that humans seem to treat their dogs like little humans, which made the dogs take over and get very dominant. On the other side, humans seemed to also "baby" dogs when they were scared or uncertain, which only made them MORE scared or uncertain. It was obvious to me that they were just using human body language and verbal commands instead of canine body language!
I started to preach that humans have more responsibility to understand their dogs than the dog has- after all, humans can go to the moon, learn 5 languages, learn math, science, geology, and on and on.... we can certainly learn dog language to make life with our best friend better!
If I can get a human to see real change instantly just by the way they are standing or how they feel, then half of the battle is won.
I am a Facilitator and a Dog Psychologist who wants to keep dogs in their homes, train humans to be more instinctual and calm, and give dogs a balanced, happy life.