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 Intro Lessons

The Foundation Of Knowledge
 As with anything that we want to practice with a degree of proficiency, there is a foundation of knowledge that is required. From that foundation of knowledge we move forward gaining experience as we go and adding more to that encyclopedia of knowledge that we are building in our bran. After many years of building my own encyclopedia, I came to the basic fundamental foundation of knowledge that is required to understand dogs and why they behave the way that they do. Once that foundation is understood and honored, there are very few behavioral issues that can not be understood and overcome. 

Below you will find the Introduction and what I call the Foundational Five. These lessons are to be viewed in numerical order for proper understanding and effect.  These lessons are not edited. If I misspeak, I will correct myself. I am human and so are you. I want the lessons to reflect that. After you have completed the foundation, continue on by reading down and then going to the top of the next page and work your way down and repeat until you have read the entire site in order.  The next step is to decompress your dog. Learning about your dog through observation is key. During the decompression process, they reveal themselves. Observe and learn! If you don't have time to read and study this information, then how will you have time to implement what you learned. If your looking for a reset button to push or a switch to click. There is none. These are not toasters or a piece of robotics. Please put the information to use in bettering the lives of dogs that you encounter on this journey of life, that we share with them. 
Introduction Video
2. Read and study these two documents
While engaged in  both study and research, I have come across many website's, on the subject of dogs. The two articles above came from this site and I have introduced them to many clients over the years. They have a vast amount of excellent information and you can trust the content to be accurate. Click on Logo or link to visit.
1. Where They Come From
2. Their Mechanism For Living
3. How They Communicate
4. How They Discipline Each Other
5. Glass Half Full
"And Man Created Dog"
If your educating adults, young people or are a visual learner, as I am. This video will be very educational. It really helps to paint a picture of evolution that is interesting and educational, yet very entertaining. It will help you get inside your dogs head, so that you can understand them and better fulfill their instinctual needs.  It is a bit dated in some facts, as it was done in 2008. Much has been discovered since then. We now know the location where the first litter of dog puppies were born to a wolf mother. Video will tell you that our first evidence of dog was found in a cave in France. Research and discovery now tell us that it was a small village uncovered in an archeological dig in south east Asia. Understand National Geo has not put out an updated story yet. I am told that it is being worked on now. I am also told that Animal Planet is also working on one, as well. We know the whole story now. This website will guide you.
"In The Womb - Cats and Dogs"
This video, also done by National Geo, is outstanding in all area's, as well. It follows a Golden Retriever, Chihuahua, Saint Bernard and a Gray Wolf from insemination thru birth and beyond. It shows where they diverge and when, in certain aspects of development. Video's like these are great for shaping your mind into an understanding of who your dog really is, at it's core. My client's rave about it, as a teaching tool for kids. Mom and Dad, always watch first.
"The Wolf Almanac"
Here is one of the best resource's that I know of, to get deep inside the mind of a wolf and get their backstory. The better you know them, the better you will understand the thinking, instincts and needs of your dog! Understand that we are not teaching your dog to sit in behavioral rehabilitation. We are changing the instinctual responses of a predator. Seems logical to know who they are!
It's All About Control
So you have watched the videos and hopefully have absorbed and understand the foundational information needed to move forward. You have helped your dog find some serious decompression time and you now know so much more about who your dog is, through observation, during that process.
You should know that control and who has it, is what you must establish first. Anytime two or more dogs or wolves come together, the first thing that must happen is an authority figure must be established. It is their way and mechanism for living that needs to be satisfied. The authority figure makes the rules and enforces them, this is needed to sustain order and focus in the pack. Thus making them successful in their feeding and child rearing duties. Happy in the good life of a wolf pack. As in any group, strong leadership helps to guide all to success. The leader in your pack must be you!! If not, it's them! If your dog is in control, as most that I visit are. They will listen to you when it suits them or meets their needs. If it is going to be you, then make rules, take charge and send a message that says that you are the leader and in control. This does two things. Stops the dogs from not getting along. It makes them very in-tune to you and aware of their boundaries of behavior. It also gives them confidence and takes away fear and anxiety issues. No need to be anxious if you have a strong leader. If the Boogie Man jumps out, they will protect me!
Take Control of Your Personal Space.

Taking control of your personal space is the first step in taking control. We live in three basic categories of space. Public Space, this is the distance that we generally give others while passing in public, if the area is not crowded with people. Then there is Social Space. That is the space we give others in a social setting, say in the living room sitting on different pieces of furniture, as we talk. You would also say the same for sitting next to a workmate, in a meeting. Then there is intimate space, the space roughly 3 foot in diameter with you in the center, that travels around with you wherever you go. Children learn in school this is called "their bubble." I was always taught to only enter a persons intimate space if invited, as an offer for a hug for example. If I walk into a home to consult with a family that I have never met and I scoot my chair right next to mom, so that we are touching. Do you think anyone might think I am weird and ask me to please move away? I know that they will because I do it as an example to people in consultations. We as humans want our personal space to be ours, with us in control of it. In the dog world, it is the same. The leader in a pack of wild dogs or wolves has a 3 foot circle around them that is not breached by the others, unless the leader allows it and this is done by the leader going into their circle and making contact first. With that in mind ask yourself this question. If it is not appropriate to invade your personal space in the human world and it's not allowed in the dog world as well. Why do we bring them into our world and make it acceptable, not only for us but for them? It is not logical.
Do you have a dog that follows you everywhere, stuck to you like Velcro? Always under your feet, sitting on you, laying on you, leaning on you, following you to the bathroom. It is a total sign of disrespect! Claim your personal space and make sure that your dog gives you distance. Make them honor that circle and then grow the circle around you by asking for more distance. Pretty soon your dog joins a group of humans in conversation or watching a game and they are not all over everyone. They stay in your social space as the other humans do. You can measure the distance that chairs and couches are apart and your dog will take a place roughly the same distance, lay down and observe. They will take part but not be in everyone's face or on them (no one likes the close talker). The same is true of keeping your dog off the furniture or beds. I use an anchor leash! If your dog persists in being in your space. Take a leash and attach it to something heavy to keep them under control and unable to get to you. They learn respect for the leash as a control device and see that you, the leader can gain control, and never get frustrated doing it. That says strength in their world. Leave them attached until they are calm and have accepted the control and then release them. If they come back in your space, repeat the process until they learn and stop. You will be tickled to death when you watch them lay down at a distance  as you have wanted.

Another tool that is critical to your gaining control and respect for it, is the "Drag Leash". As seen below, the Drag Leash is just a flat nylon leash with the loop handle removed and cut to a particular length, based on your dogs size ( my silly 3rd grade diagram below, shows to use 1/2' wide leash. that is good for the little guys. If your dog is over 20lb's go to a 3/4 or 7/8 inch wide leash. You want maximum surface area to step on). Simplest tool to use and so humane, safe and effective for your dog. As pup drags this around the house they will occasionally step on it. That produces a slight quick tug that slows them. They move their foot and continue on there way. It happens again and again as pup just goes about his day indoors. This constantly sends a reminder to the brain that they are being controlled and the leash is doing it. Who put the leash on and who controls the leash, you do ( the leash does the work, you just put it on and take it off). If pup likes to steal things and runs under the table, the leash is sticking out. Step on it to be sure pup can't run off. Bend down take control with the leash and retrieve the item. Does your dog try to bite or nip at you when you want them to move or get up. Don't reach for the collar. The Drag Leash is hanging there away from pups mouth, take control of that and no worries. Pup will soon get the message of "respect the leash" and yes they are being controlled by it and you.This says that you are the leader and when you go for a walk, you and the leash get respect (never, ever let pup chew on it ).
Take control of your personal space.

Never leave your dog leashed when you're are gone and can not hear them if they need you. If your asleep and they are in the room they will wake you. If you have to wait for more than 10 minutes for your dog to calm down so that you can release them, then you have a bigger issue that must be addressed. Most dogs will calm in under 5 minutes.  Equate this to a time out you would give a small child- minimal  amount of time and within eyesight.

Safety Note - Drag Leash
Never leave the house with pup wearing drag leash, if he was to get it caught on something you need to be there to help!
Never have drag leash or any leash on your dog when they are crated or in kennel. Your dogs safety and well being is the most important thing here. As their leader, you take responsibility for there lives. Be worthy and be their leader!

Anchor Leash
Drag Leash
You Must Master The Walk

Mastering the walk is vital in establishing the leader follower relationship that your dog needs to remain balanced. They need to be beside or slightly behind you while walking. The instant they are out front, by definition they are the leader. If they are the leader then they make the rules!!


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