All canines of the world live in groups called "packs." The pack consists of two opposite sex pack leaders from two different families, and the rest of the pack are followers. All members of the pack help raise the pups that the alpha female and alpha male produce. All pack members have the same rules, boundaries, and limitations for the pups and all follow the same guidelines. By observation, canines learn how to cope and how to react.
Dogs have the instinctual need to please and always look for approval. That is what makes them "mans best friend." Dogs will go to the ends of the Earth and back for us; So the least we can do is give them as natural of a living environment as possible, and that starts with providing them with a calm and assertive pack leader.
WildFree Canine Rehabilitation and Dog Training
It is unnatural for us humans to take away puppies from their pack that they would be with their entire lives, at 8 weeks old, make them live in a completely unnatural environment with cars, houses, bedding…etc have them live closely with a different species (us humans) then on top of all of that confusion, we do not give them a pack leader. Well it is no wonder some of the dogs, these days, live unbalanced lives. The best thing we can do for our dogs is learn canine psychology, and give them what they instinctually need, a balanced pack, starting with a pack leader(s).
WildFree comes from the dog's point of view, what do we need to provide for our dogs in order for them to live balanced lives? Dogs have the instinct to "follow" programmed into their DNA, every dog is looking for a calm assertive, balanced, pack leader to follow, trust, and seek guidance from. What I do is give every human in the household the tools and knowledge of how to become calm and assertive pack leaders. I teach you how to correct with body language and energy, and by doing that, you are teaching your dogs to trust you and respect your bodies. When the human uses too much noise and physical touch it doesn't get the point across to the dog. I teach to correct the way a canine mother would teach their pups. I show you how to make it your dogs responsibility to be looking to you for direction, otherwise your dog becomes too reliant on your voice and physical touch; they learn to control you in a sense.
Dogs need to have a job, they need to feel proud and have a sense of accomplishment. In the wild, the whole pack hunts for water, food, and shelter. It is programmed into our dogs DNA to use their noses to find things. I believe in keeping our dogs everyday lives as natural possible, and in doing that, enhancing those primal instincts they were born with and have used for centuries.
Dog training vs. Dog behaviour
Dog training comes in handy when we are asking something of our dogs. Teaching dogs tricks such as: Sit, lay down, roll over…etc. And in working dogs in: Agility, search and rescue, service dogs for the blind and disabled…etc. Dog behaviour comes from the dogs point of view, think like the dog through studying dog psychology. What can we do for the dog? How do we make the dogs life with humans as natural as possible?
I use both dog behaviour (dog psychology) and dog training (human psychology) in my sessions. When your dog has obsessive, aggressive, insecure, or dominant behaviours that is where a dog psychology comes in. I use human psychology for basic dog training such as to teach your dog to walk calmly with the leash, recall, or fun tricks.