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Dogs Dying, What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day #121

– Hey, everybody, how are you? It's Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, with my What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day Tip number 121, when is it time to put your dog down? Today, earlier, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I put down one of my dogs today

His name is Djeki Djeki came into our life a few years ago and, for the last two years he's actually been struggling with some pretty major health problems, big tumor in his rear to tail area, with actually he had a huge tumor on his tail that was too large to actually remove There wasn't enough skin And then also his back legs were failing him And I've seen him go down slowly over the last year, six months, last month, and then yesterday, kapow! He can barely even walk

And then I made the appointment for today, and I'm glad I did because today was even worse And I've had a lot of dogs in my life, whether they're family dogs, they're working dogs, whether they're dogs that I've gone through, that I've worked through a rescue that I've had, as well as obviously I've had thousands and thousands of clients, and I've talked to many people about end-of-life decisions for a dog And I think that it's important to have an important conversation about this And I think, number one, it's personal choice Number one, it is personal choice, I said we are all on our own journey, and I think it's really, really important

But a lot of input that I've gotten from a lot of people, including myself previously, is a lot of us wait too long A lot of us wait too long And I personally did not wanna wait too long, so I will talk about my experience He was already struggling holding, for a while, he was struggling holding his bladder overnight We actually left an inside-outside run for him so he can go outside whenever he wanted to, and he was starting to have a hard time holding his bowels, as well

And then he was having a hard time walking And the last thing I wanted any of my dogs to do is to not be able to walk freely anymore and then also not be able to hold their bladder or their bowels anymore And, again, if you're doing that, that's fine That's your journey There's absolutely not passing judgment at all

But I think a lot of people sometimes just don't know, if it's their first dog or they've only had a couple dogs or this is their first dog on their own, they've always had family dogs and someone else has already made that decision or they had to re-home their dog, or their dog just all of a sudden died of natural causes one day, or their dog was killed in a freak accident So I think it's important, when you're making end-of-life decisions, you take a couple of things into consideration, in my experience, my opinion, is not just quality of life of the dog but quality of life of the human family I think it's super important that we are gonna be playing God, in a way, but if we're gonna do it, let's do it right And, to me, dogs are really good at hiding their suffering They're really good at hiding pain and discomfort

So, to me, what I would rather do, is I would rather have a dog have an end-of-life experience while, what I don't want it to do is have it when it's just totally too late And you talk to enough vets, and they will tell you that most owners wait too long Most owners wait too long And it's not a passing judgment thing, but I think we wait too long because we truly care but, if we truly care, why are we waiting so long? It's an interesting conversation, it really, really is And, again, I think it boils down to your choice

But, if you're not sure, a lot of people listen to my videos, so maybe this can help somebody else Or maybe this will help you out in a way to go totally opposite of what I do Either way, I think it's important to have as much information as possible So, what I do is I also factor in the family's quality of life, as well And that's not selfish, it's not selfish at all

So we've got our quality of life, the dog's quality of life For some people, it's also financial For some people, it's also time And none of those things are really selfish, they're just not I think they are what they are

So that's my input That's my input that I've got for you today So What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day, tip number 121 I am madly in love with you I am fine, we knew this was coming

And for all the folks I posted up on Instagram, for all the folks that thanked me on Instagram and sent me wonderful, wonderful thoughts, obviously thank you so much And all of you, thank you Take care, bye bye

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