In Sync Training Insights
By Alecia Evans, MA, HDT
Having just experienced a very severe bout of low thyroid with my female, Aiyana after she was bit by what I believe was a poisonous spider I have some health insights I would like to share with you about the vital role the thyroid plays in your dog's health and well being.
Dr. Jean Dodds has been doing a lot of research and finding that collars are a major contributing factor to thyroid overstimulation and then issues. Please see interesting video link below:
Thryoid dis-ease can have a host of symptoms including:
- Weight gain
- Hair Loss
- Decreased activity level and appetite
- Dull eyes
- Weakening of the entire Immune system
The last one is very interesting to note as the scientific evidence is demonstrating that aggression cases have a high correlation with insufficient levels of Thyroid hormone. I just had a fascinating phone call with Veterinary Behaviorist and Reseacher, Dr. Linda Aronson, DVM. Dr. Aronson sent me the documentation of a couple of studies she had run on dogs and thyroid issues. It was astounding to me that more than 60% of aggressive dogs had a thyroid issue.
Now imagine if all the dogs that are being labeled aggressive are actually low thyroid, I think if we know and check for this we will be doing a much greater service for our dogs.
The other interesting piece is where the thyroid is located. It is located just below the adams apple. A place where almost any collar- flat, choke, pinch, matingale, prong, etc. continuously will put pressure on the thyroid gland if the dog is pulling on their collar. Continual agitation of this delicate butterfly shaped gland can cause numerous health issues that build up over time.
And it can certainly lead to damaging the thyroid which can lead to increased aggression. This is one of the main reasons that Walk In Sync was developed to keep your dog safe and not do any damage to their delicate thyroid.
So if you are encountering any of the symptoms listed above please see your vet and ask them to do a Free t3 and t4 panel to see how your dog's thyroid is functioning.
Alecia Evans is America's Animal Healer. If Dr. Doolittle, Dr. Phil and Dear Abbey had a love child, it would be Alecia. Holistic Dog Trainer, Professional Animal Wellness Consultant, and Relationship Coach for humans and their animal companions, she consults with clients the world over, offering natural, safe, effective, holistic options and education on the topics of: health, emotional, and behavioral issues concerning their animals.
Alecia is the author of: The In Sync™ Method: 6 Secrets Your Dog Wants To Teach You To Unleash Your Greatest Potential. Never feeling right about choking dogs and unsuspecting puppies to train them, Alecia invented The Walk In Sync™ Humane Dog Walking and Training System as the gold standard of training tools in order to end the choking of dogs during training and walking.
She is an award winning TV and Radio Host, featured columnist, author, lecturer and workshop presenter on Natural Dog Training. Her work has been featured on: Fox and Friends, The Sandra Glosser Show, Plum TV and in Animal Wellness Magazine, Pup Culture Magazine. Aspen Magazine, Dogtipper.com, The New York Daily News, and Woof Report. She is the training expert for Dogtipper.com, The Big Bark, and a columnist for Pup Culture Magazine.
Alecia is the founder of National Train Humane Day, a world-wide virtual campaign to evolving the tools we use to train and walk dogs and pups to be humane and pain free. Alecia believes prevention and proper education about the best training methods and tools will begin to limit the number of dogs given up for adoption.