Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace. - Milan Kundera
"God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
I believe Proper Leadership is the most important part of a canine and human relationship.
A leader to a dog must always be calm, assertive, fair, respectful, and understanding.
It doesn't take a dog psychologist to be a good leader. A good leader simply sets rules, boundaries, and limitations with expectations of those to be followed through. If these are not followed through discipline needs to happen. If a dog is not given a consequence they will continue with the behavior.
If your "leadership" consist of putting out fires, you are following the fire starters. True leadership is being an example, setting expectations, and minimizing opportunities for conflict.
With that said, My philosophy is using both Dog Psychology methods with dog friendly, positive reward training. I believe in building trusting and respectful relationships between you and your dog and treating dogs as companions and family members. Dogs have a pack mentality and I use that and the methods dogs use with each other, to communicate with the dogs. I use a method that is humane, not harmful, and something the dogs understand.
"Dog are not less than us because they dont understand us, Dogs are just as full of life as us. Just because we dont understand what they are saying doesnt mean they don't have a lot to say." -Maris
"A good dog is made, and maintained throughout its whole life... Not born"
* Educate dog owners, enthusiasts, public about dogs, so our community can better understand how to handle them and work with them to improve things instead of throw them away.
* Reduce surrender of pets for behavior issues
* Increase adoption numbers from shelters after rehabilitating problem dogs.
* Clarify and educate dog language to owners
* Enhance canine and human relationships
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog”, or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog”. They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog”. Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog”. Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog”, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “just a dog”, then you will probably understand phases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise”, or “just a promise”. “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”, just smile, because they “just don’t understand”.