NAVIGATING BEHAVIOR EUTHANASIA:
A difficult, complicated, and sometimes necessary choice.
In the dimly lit corners of the dog world exists a thing called Behavior Euthanasia (BE). If you are here, you likely know what this is. Briefly, it is the choice to end the life of a dog based primarily on a history of problem behavior as opposed to a medical issue such as cancer or old age. Medical issues may play a role but they are not the primary issue in BE.
Dog guardians facing it for the first time have some difficulty with what it brings. First hand conversations include expressions of confusion, grief, deep sadness, desperation, second-guessing, guilt, doubt, and so much uncertainty. Discussions about BE are disorienting at best.
During these sessions guardians will be able to walk through the behaviors moving them toward BE as an option, measure quality of life, discuss other appropriate outcomes (if any), and discuss all of the emotions that go hand-in-hand with an agonizing decision like this one.
NOT ALL OF THEIR WOUNDS CAN BE HEALED. IT IS NOT ALWAYS HOW YOU RAISE THEM. QUALITY OF LIFE IS CRITICAL.
"THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR DOGS' LIVES WHERE WE MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEM. WE TRY TO CARE FOR THEM, PROVIDE FOR THEM, PROTECT THEM FROM FEAR, PAIN, AND ANGUISH. BEHAVIOR EUTHANASIA EXISTS TO PREVENT ONGOING SUFFERING FOR DOGS WHOSE BEHAVIOR DRASTICALLY REDUCES THEIR ABILITY TO LIVE A QUALITY LIFE. THE HUMAN PART OF THE EQUATION IS OF EQUAL CONCERN. LIVING WITH DOGS THAT ARE CHRONICALLY ANXIOUS, CAUSING PHYSICAL DAMAGE TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS, OR EXTREMELY FEARFUL CAN BREAK THE EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, AND FINANCIAL BANK."
Behavior Assessment and Processing
We will connect in person at your home - or a neutral location if your dog experiences high levels of stress or anxiety with strangers. Meeting virtually would also be an option. Our time will include a review of your dog's current situation, previous interventions that have been used, and the current resources available so that we may discuss all possible outcomes. Behavior Euthanasia will bring up different issues for people who know and love your dog. Anyone who would like to participate in this engagement is welcome to be present and ask any questions they may have.
Cost for In-Home or Neutral Location Meeting: $295.
Cost for Virtual Meeting: $245.
If you are outside of a 45-minute travel window, there may be an additional charge for travel.
HEAL is a multi-part blog series that tells the story of me and my first rescue dog, Kolby.
This is my origin story. It is how I found my tribe - a world of professionals helping to heal dogs - and how facing Behavior Euthanasia gave my life a new purpose.
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