“The Art of UPWARD Methodology” is a thought provoking journey into the world of dog rescue, rehabilitation, and canine behavior. The “dog world” has experienced enormous changes over the last three decades, yet has remained disappointingly stagnant, and, in some ways, regressed. Ego, rules, gadgets, gimmicks, fear of disrupting the status-quo, and the perceived need for dominance, has created a society void of logic, struggling to meet the needs of dogs with disadvantaged and checkered pasts.
Billie openly shares her experiences and knowledge, in a straight-forward and often humorous manner, acquired over three decades working with dogs, rescuers, fosters, adopters, and industry experts. She describes how dogs think, learn, process, and absorb our urban world, compared to that of puppies, and explains, without judgement, the inherent limitations of conventional training methods. Billie, then, introduces us to Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a scientifically proven methodology designed to recognize pre-established thought patterns, respect emotions, and harness cognitive abilities.
To successfully integrate rescued dogs into our lives, eliminate aversive methods, and prevent behavioral euthanasia and surrender, it is imperative, and urgent, the industry incorporates approaches, mindsets, and methods that embrace the human-animal bond, and free us, and the dogs, from the conformities and restrictions currently engulfing the industry.