December 2022: Canine Perspective 2.0

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?! I know that I promised you all the dog training and behaviour shizzle now that I’m no longer working in that area and I’m sorry it took longer than expected to make it all available to you. It has been an interesting couple of years what with Covid, major spinal surgery and some ongoing adventures with the recovery process.

Anyway, all of the dog training fun is here, along with a link to one of my favourite people, Katie Scott-Dyer, if you’re looking for an expert in dog behaviour to help you and your hound.

So, now it’s all about Canine Perspective 2.0 and for many of you, it won’t be of interest. That’s ok, but if you know of anyone who might be interested, I’d appreciate it if you could spread the word.

I thought the easiest thing to do would be to share my new vision for Canine Perspective, explaining why we’re now only going to focus on working with survivors along with our canine co-tutors. If it resonates with you, there is an opportunity to sign up for our new mailing list at the bottom of the page.

We have been on a roller-coaster journey over the last couple of years, like many small enterprises, especially those who focused on working in person. That and with not being able to move for a significant proportion of that time, it hasn’t been easy. It has, however, given me the opportunity to stop, to learn and to emerge with an all-new and improved way of creating sustainable change.

My vision for Canine Perspective CIC is that people who have experienced rape and/or sexual violence are empowered to lead if they choose to do so. As survivors, we have experience that we would never have asked for but we thrive, not in spite of it but BECAUSE of it. My vision isn’t one of pity or shame; it’s one of bravery, of pride and of true authenticity. Survivors of rape and sexual violence have an indefinable level of resilience. Canine Perspective CIC enables people to embrace that resilience, understand it and transcend the outdated narrative that is all too common when talking about this subject. We welcome those who know that their experience, their story and their actions, can change the world for the better.

Society will change through leadership in action. It will become kinder, safer and a place where true strength and courage is nurtured and celebrated.

Rape and sexual violence is something that transcends age, sex, ethnic background and socioeconomic status. It can have significant effects on every aspect of a person; their mind, their body, their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. The way in which it is discussed, perceived and considered compounds the challenges faced by survivors. The language and discourse around the effects of sexual violence continue to impact survivors in a unique way. Challenging this is controversial but it has to happen for a true shift in mindset to take place. Survivors are best placed to challenge this.

We’re creating change by learning with and from rescue dogs. Everything we stand for has to come with an associated action, in the same way that we work with dogs; every cue has to have an associated action! Change happens when individuals begin to behave differently. Change happens as a result of action.

We can’t change people’s behaviour. We can provide the tools for people to change their own behaviour and inspire them to do so.

If you’d like to stay in touch, the sign-up form is below and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Thank you,

Marie x

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