Introducing "THE PACT MODEL"

Introducing "THE PACT MODEL"

We are very excited to announce that we are releasing our first article about our innovative cognitive-behavioural approach called “THE PACT MODEL”. This article will focus on how dog trainers, aka human-canine relationship counsellors, can use “THE PACT MODEL” to help their human clients achieve their training goals quicker and more efficiently, and consequently, help the human-canine couple maximize their potential.

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How to find meaning in this crazy thing called "LIFE"?

One of Paws In Life's mission is to help people overcome very difficult moments in their life. And we have specialised in using their companion dog as a co-therapist. For a lot of people, their dog gives their life a lot of meaning, is a source of love and connection, joy and laughter. The more nuclear and isolated people become, the more important companion animals are.


As a clinical psychologist, coach and dog lover, I highly belief that people need to know what their meaning in life is and how to utilise it, to stay resilient in this crazy thing called life. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor, wrote an amazing book called "Man's Search For Meaning" and it describes how to survive and overcome the most horrendous life circumstances. I have found a great little animation that summarises the book in a little video and it illustrates the book's key concepts. I highly recommend watching it. I know it isn't the most joyful topic, but life isn't always about being happy; it is about how you can stay psychologically flexible, no matter what you have to face. And that's what we are doing at Paws In Life - we help people stay flexible and find meaning in their lives. And we use their own personal dog as a resource and co-therapist, because for a lot of people, their dog is the closest to their heart. If you want to know more about us or book a session with us, message us! We'd love to help. Have a lovely day, Birdy & Luna.


What are your thoughts and experience regarding this study?

In this self-reported study, no evidence was found that anthropomorphic attitudes or activities are associated with behaviour problems in pet dogs. When I came across this study, I found this statement quite surprising.

The authors believe it is unwarranted to automatically blame the owners who interact with their dogs in these ways for 'causing' the dog to develop problem behaviours. Likewise, the fact that the dog develops a behaviour that is a problem for the owner cannot automatically be attributed to the fact that the dog did not go to obedience school. There are often significant factors other than 'obedience' that are the primary or contributing etiology of the behaviour problems.

What are theses contributing factors for behaviour problems in your opinion and experience?

I think that a lot of “problem” consultations for dog trainers are usually not purely “obedience” related. For instance, if you are treating separation anxiety, there needs to be a behavioural modification problem.

But what do you think and what have you experienced?

Study Source:

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Birdy & Luna