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dog behaviour, dog rescue, dog training, adopted dogs, C.B.T. dogs, urban dogs, dog rehabilitation

The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology
by Billie Groom

"The Art of UPWARD Methodology" is a reaction to the insanity that has taken over the dog-world.

"The Art of UPWARD Methodology" clears our minds, allowing us to see our urban world through the eyes of rescued dogs. Billie Groom shares her knowledge, acquired through hands-on experience working and volunteering with dogs, rescuers, fosters and adopters spanning over three decades, to change our perspective, and increase our understanding, of dogs over the age of six months. We learn why the inherent limitations of positive training and the perceived need for dominance and alpha status has created a society saturated with gimmicks, void of logic, and struggling to meet the needs of rescued dogs. The journey we take while reading this book introduces us to the fundamentals of UPWARD Methodology, an approach to working with dogs that has changed the lives of thousands of rescued and adopted dogs and the people who are so desperately trying to help them.

The challenges faced as the rescue-world explodes on a global level has been met with increased conformity and rules, stifling our ability to address the individual needs of dogs. To effectively help them, we must first change our mind-set and approach, and, in turn, rediscover the simplicity and beauty in these acts of kindness.

"This book is exactly what the dog-world needs right now." David Helsel, dog rescuer

"As urban people with adopted and rescued dogs (Upwards), we need to open our minds to learning how to meet the needs of individual dogs. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to help dogs in need." Chantal Cattell, Director of Intake and Medical, Bright Eyes Dog Rescue, Regina, 2019

"Billie's logical, straight-forward approach is refreshing and her ability to explain how dogs think, learn and perceive us is beyond helpful." Tania Wolk, foster-mom, adopter, 2018

"(Billie) we are so grateful for wonderful people like you!" Toronto Humane Society, 2002

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Billie is the Unintentional Rebel. Her unconventional journey spanning over three decades provides her with a knowledge of dogs and an insight into the world of dog-rescue which cannot be achieved through conventional learning. She has had thousands of rescued dogs in her care, volunteered abroad helping street dogs, been awarded by the Toronto Humane Society for her compassion, and praised by Stoney Creek Animal Control and dozens of rescue organizations for her rehabilitation of dogs with aggression and anxiety. Billie is a regular guest speaker at the University of Regina, community safety events, and youth programs. She approaches everything she does as an opportunity to learn from dogs, people, and life, and, because of this, has excelled in an unregulated industry that has left many behaviourists struggling to succeed in. Billie formulated UPWARD Methodology in response to the unique needs of her clients and her area of expertise - that of helping people living in urban areas calmly and effectively work with dogs over the age of six months. In a world full of chaos, critics and complexity, Billie has always remained true to herself and completely devoted to dogs-in-need.


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