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aggressive-rottweiler-rGood morning and Happy St.Patties Day,

“May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead.”

Yesterday I posted to Face Book the question, ” What do you do when a strange dog charges you and your dog and you have no opportunity for retreat?”

There was a lot of great discussion about this and I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment.

Now let me start by saying that it is important for people to know that in 9 out of 10 cases the dogs doing the charging are not killers.. simply soft nerved,.fearful dogs, that lack any kind of meaningful training,, and have learned that showing aggression will cause the person or dog to take off and leave them alone..

You only have a few seconds to decide if this is one of those dogs who are just weak-willed and nervous or high drive and confident.. and you have to take action immediately.. I can size a dog up pretty quickly because I have a lot of experience dealing with dogs of all temperaments, the information is in their eyes..and body posture..

Dogs who are just trying to drive you off will have the hair standing up on their backs and will look like they are either about to run or about to bite you..

If you hold your ground, look directly at them, and in a loud commanding voice yell..”Go Home!!” stomp the ground and take a step toward them..they may just do that..

Carry some chicken chunks or liver treats and toss them at the dog.. they may very well forget about you and begin searching out the treats.. and this is your cue to back away slowly keeping your eye on the dog always..

The ones that don’t immediately take off will circle you ..trying to find an opportunity to pinch ya..and if you turn with them,.. keeping your dog behind you at all times.. shorten your grip on the leash so your dog has no chance of getting around you.. you don’t want your dog getting into a fight.. it is your job as leader to protect your dog at all cost..

In most cases the offending dog will not come too close.. but might keep circling, barking and acting tough for quite some time.. in this case you should slowly and I mean slowly back out of their territory..the one thing you don’t want to do is run.. you can’t out run a dog and running will only kick in their prey drive and increase the chances of you getting bitten.. even though you may be scared..don’t show this to the dog..they can sense strength and confidence so make and hold direct eye contact.. and defensive body posture.. you can break down later.

Now what about that one time out of ten when the strange dog that is charging you is a confident, high drive dog with nerves of steel that is not afraid to attack humans..

Let me begin by saying that no amount of yelling, treat throwing.. or stomping the ground is going to stop this dog.. you have only one choice.. you have to go to battle with this dog.. and losing is not an option.. there are many dogs quite capable of killing you and your dog.. Rottweilers, Pit bulls, Dobermans..German Shepherds among others come to mind..

Now unlike the first category of charging dog, this dog will not be barking or have any hair raised up.. they will be laser targeted on you or your dog.. and you must ready yourself for what’s about to happen.. I always carry a 4 foot hardwood walking stick with me.. a two foot tire thumper is good too..but always have it out..

I always have a couple of steel carabiners attached to my belt so I can clip my dog to me ..and have the use of both hands.. you want to prevent your dog from running away..

Ready yourself in your best fighting stance..and when the dog is about 15 feet from you wave your arm out to the side ..this will cause the dogs prey drive to target your arm.. and at the last possible moment when the dog has left the ground and is flying to bite your arm.. step to the side and use your stick to whack the dog hard in the ribs or on top of the head.. this will not in all likely hood cause the dog to retreat.. but it sends the message that you are not going down without a fight.. then you don’t wait.. you attack the dog with all you got.. repeated blows to the top of the head right between the eyes… the ribs..the groin.. usually the dog will give up if it hasn’t bitten you after 3 or 4 attempts..

If the dog gets to you and grabs you by the leg.. wrap your arms around the dog’s neck and choke it to death.. not until it passes out..because a dog that is hell-bent on killing you or your dog will go right back to fighting as soon as it wakes up.. and usually the dog will wake up quickly.. so you might not have time to get away…

If it gets hold of your arm then whack it hard on the head right between the eyes.. usually the dog will give up after about 3 or 4 good knocks on the head..

If you have lost your footing and are in a bad way.. curl up in the fetal position and cover the back of your neck and throat.. with your hands and arms.. keep yelling for help.. you will most likely be badly bitten ..but you may very well survive..

Remember.. don’t run…it will be hard to keep from doing this ..but your life could very well depend on it..

If the dog attacks your dog, the same applies.. continue to whack the dog until it quits and runs off or the owner comes to control the dog.. one thing you should never do is pick your dog up.. this will hamper your ability to fight..and makes your face a target for the charging dog.. keep your dog behind you if possible.. I always attach a couple of steel carabiers to my belt.. and clip my dogs leash to it so I can have the use of both hands..

Pepper spray can work well.. but dogs don’t respond to it like humans .. so be warned it may not stop a high drive determined dog..but a full can of spray to the face will make them think twice about what’s going on..

Regardless of the outcome .. if possible talk to the dogs owner.. be kind..the dog may have gotten away from them by accident.. while it is still his responsibility,. try to work it out..

If the owner is just as hostile as his dog..then call the cops.. and let the chips fall where they may..

A word of caution for those of you who would like to think you would shoot the dog.. let me say this..

I was raised with a rifle in one hand and a dog in the other.. and I can tell you it is not as easy as you might think to shoot any animal that is charging straight at you.. your adrenalin is high, and even if you are a crack shot.. you only have a few seconds to react.. and there is a high probability that you will miss.. and a stray bullet or ricochet bullet in an urban setting can kill or injure by standers.. the risk to others is too high.. so please leave your side arms at home.

Again thank you all for taking the time to comment on this serious issue.. and if you have questions let me know in the comments below..

All the best,

Harley

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Today I want to talk about how you can foster peace and tranquility in your home by training your dogs to go to a place and lay down and be quiet..

Now I know many of you struggle with getting your dogs to stop barking when someone comes to the door, or passes by the window..so this is what you can do..

Put the barking on cue..

Instead of yelling “quiet!” over and over ..which in most cases won’t work because the dogs just think you are joining in.. and reinforces there must be a reason to bark..

So this is how you can do it..

Use a whistle..

If you can’t whistle with your mouth loud enough to be heard over many dogs barking..then buy a referee’s whistle.

To begin you want to “load” the whistle so it has meaning for your dogs..

Get some high value food rewards like cooked chicken, sausage, hot dogs.. what ever your dogs can’t resist.. then when things are quiet.. softly toot the whistle a couple time..and call your puppies or dogs..

” Here Puppies” in a cheerful and happy tone of voice..

The dogs come running and you throw down a handful of the tasty treats.. repeat this for a couple of weeks.. once the whistle has been “loaded” your puppies and dogs will learn that when they hear it they come running and good things happen..

Now you can put it to use when they bark at anything..instead of yelling ..which don’t work most times anyway..

Give a couple loud toots on the whistle..dogs quit barking and come see what you got for them.. give them a reward and send them to their place to lay down..

Use this method when they are in the yard..

Let’s say they are running up and down the fence barking at the neighbors cat, dog, kids..

Toot the whistle ..

Dogs come running..

In time you can fade out the rewards and replace them with life rewards and your praise..

Occasionally use food to reinforce the whistle so it maintains meaning for your dogs..

A couple more things you can do to make sure your dogs are less likely to bark uncontrollably.. is to make sure you give them daily opportunities to work out their stress and anxiety..

Go for a structured walk every day..

Head out to the back yard and play tug of war to engage their prey drive…and always let your dogs win..

That’s it for today..I hope this helps a little..have a great weekend.

 Harley

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The Anatomy Of The Hunt, How Dogs And Wolves “Feel” The Energy Of The Moment

Imagine for a moment that you are looking through a microscope at a pack of wild wolves in a meadow.

The wolves seem agitated as they snap and snarl, engaging one another in what most would call dominant/ submissive behavior.

They haven’t eaten in days.

 

The air is electric with energy, can you feel it?

Like the static electricity that is produced when you rub an air-filled balloon on the rug and then hold it next to your arm..the little hairs rise up,.. the ever so slight change in atmospheric pressure,..you feel the tickle of energy as it moves..attracted to the invisible magnet produced in the balloon.

As the intensity of the energy grows in the group of wolves to a fevered pitch..suddenly the wolf with the highest emotional charge takes off and the pack follows( Usually this would be the wolf that gets the title of Alpha)

So, now let’s imagine for a moment that we can see the color of the energy,.. and hear the sound of that energy that surrounds these wolves ..it may have started out looking light blue in color, as the pre-hunt ritual began..and has a low humming sound like the sound of your computer as it uses the energy stored in its battery.

As the energy ramps up during the pre-hunt ritual, the color and sound of this energy begins to intensify as well, and if you tried to look at this,.. in the moment phenomenon,.. in visual form,.. it might look something like this..

 

1st phase… (Energy is light blue, hums like a computer, time lapsed ..10 minutes)

 

During this time there is whining, lip licking, jostling for position, and howls of frustration. 

 

The flow of energy is moderate but the purpose is clear

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2nd phase.. (Energy is darker blue, hums like a remote-controlled car..time-lapse 10 mins)

 

During this time, there is aggressive behavior like biting, and the pinning down of others, as the stress from not eating and the rigors of defending territory comes to the surface, preparing them for what is coming,.characteristic of what most scientists today would call dominance and or submission.( I don’t agree with this explanation, but I will save that discussion for another day.)

 

 

 The flow of energy gains momentum and purpose as it intensifies

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3rd phase.. (Energy is bright blue, hums like a 25,000 watt power line.. time lapse 10 minutes)

 

During this time the intensity grows until the energy is about to explode and then without notice or command,..

 

Every wolf in the pack is emotionally charged and ready to hunt

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Now let’s take our microscope and move to the valley next to a stream where a herd of Caribou have gathered to rest, graze and tend to their young.,..just a typical day in the life of the caribou.

All animals are able to feel the energy or vibrations of the environment to a greater or lesser degree, so the Caribou know the wolves are coming long before they can see or smell them.

So into this herd of Caribou the wolves trot ..but what the Caribou do is contrary to what you might think they would do..one would think that at the first inkling of the wolves approach the herd would up and run away..but they don’t ..they just lie where they are and do nothing.. their behavior suggests that they are not nervous about the wolves at all.

Why is this?

The wolves seem to not see the herd of Caribou, and take no notice of the numerous calves that have taken refuge inside the massive herd of adults.

The wolves stop and drink from the stream..

The amount of information shared between the caribou and the wolves in one single moment in time is staggering to comprehend,. this communication cannot be heard or seen, it is invisible, can’t be measured or quantified by any scientific instrument.

It is a feeling, that tells the wolves that the herd of caribou are and strong in their resolve to remain energized and grounded.. and will hold the line..they will not run.

They are not afraid of the wolves.

Suddenly.. one wolf stares off into the distance, and though if you looked where he is looking you would not see anything but trees and brush..

But remember we have our microscope..so refocus on the far distant horizon..and suddenly you will see what the wolf can’t see or smell but somehow feels a presence,.. and knows this is it..the thing that has attracted all his emotions..and draws him like a magnet..

A lone Caribou..who’s energy is vibrating in a way that tells the wolves that his energy is breaking down..emotionally speaking..

He is an old Bull who is wounded, and now the wolves have targeted him for the hunt.

To the wolves the energy they feel coming from the Caribou might look like this..

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The color of the energy is green but is not constant and highly charged..it wavers and shakes.. and the hum of his energy is more like a sputtering airplane engine as it crashes to the ground.

The bull’s energy is depleted from a wound and the rigors of old age..

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The wolves rush in,.. their emotional energy weaves individual wolves into a team, each one feeling his team mates movements, energy, and intentions,.. and it is that collective mind-set that gives them the confidence to take down a prey animal that is 10 times their size and could easily defend itself against them all .

They lay down highly charged.. and stare the caribou in the eyes,.. projecting all the energy, aggression, and stress they have built up onto the caribou,.. until the bull’s energy essentially vibrates so hard that it breaks down and runs..

The wolves move in,.. like a well oiled machine,.. and kill and eat the bull.

Although in today’s society the dog has very little need or opportunity to hunt large game, yet they still practice the art of the hunt in the same manner as their ancestors the wolf,.. as is evidenced by their desire to hunt and chase prey animals, like mice, birds, squirrels, cats, and sometimes deer or moose.

Dogs communicate perfectly with the world, and with us by feeling and plugging into the energy that each living thing gives off.. and are attracted to those things that have the emotional energy that indicates they are prey animals.

So if you want to have reliable control of your dogs behavior,.. and have them be more attracted to you than anything else in their immediate moment, then it is in your best interest to develop your energy into the vibrating energy of the old wounded moose or caribou,..do this and your dog will look to you to resolve his feelings and become the happiest dog in the world.

All the best,

Harley

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Find Out Why Your Dog Jumps Up On You And Other People: Also How To Stop It

 

I lost a tooth.

To be totally accurate, I lost a tooth and a half.

Not today, but a few years back when I was just starting to go into people’s homes to teach them how to train their dogs.

I will never forget this Golden Lab, her name was Clementine, a beautiful dog full of life and energy, friendly as they come and eager to play with the humans in her pack.

But that’s not what comes to my mind when I think of Clementine.

I’ll get to the what-n-why in a minute.

Clementine’s energy was the problem, it was unharnessed and unfocused, and like many dogs I have met, had no idea what to do with it, at least not in a constructive way.

I worked for ten minutes or so building trust with Clementine which wasn’t a problem she loved people to a fault and was eager to interact with me, but it was clear she was used to things being on her terms.

However she had never met someone like me before and it wasn’t long before I was making progress, I began to set the rules of engagement, and she was calming down and going with the flow much better.

I had her so she would sit for 10 seconds before moving in anticipation of the food reward. Before I came on the scene sitting was something only the people of the house did.

Clementine was not the sitting kind of dog.

Bouncing off the walls, knocking stuff over kind of dog, yes,

Sitting kind of dog,. no, her chaotic behavior knew no bounds.

If she was asked to sit, she would, but only for the fraction of a second it took for her butt to hit the floor and bounce right back up, as if her bum was spring-loaded. 🙂

I remember thinking this is going to be a piece of fried chicken, ( I know the saying is, “It’s going to be like a piece of cake”,.. but I don’t like cake”, I do however,.. looovve fried chicken.)

My cholesterol level not so much,

but it they will never know, as we are not on speaking terms right now.

But I digress…

Any hoo,..just when I thought I had this one in the bag, out comes Clementines owners who up till this point had been watching from inside the house.

The lady of the house hit the yard like a tornado, she almost ran toward me saying that she would never have believed that Clementine would be able to sit still like that if she hadn’t seen it with her own eyes.

Her excitement was electric, even I felt it.

It took all of one second for me to figure out where Clementine learned to be so hyped up and excited.

One Reason Dogs Jump Up

Dogs feel what we feel, and Clementine was expressing in a physical way (jumping up, running hog-wild around the house ect),  what her owner lived everyday, and that was a chaotic life style with periodic high levels of excitement and anxiety.

It was in that moment of Clementines owner coming into the backyard that Clementine picked up on her energy and exploded from her sit position in front of me, straight up into my face.

More precisely, her big hard head,. met my pearly whites,.. in a head on tooth collision that didn’t end well for one and half of my front teeth. 😦

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

One of the best ways that I know of to get your dog to stop jumping up on you is to not reward him for the behavior, either intentionally or unintentionally.

When dogs are little we tend to meet them with excitement and joy and when the pup gets close enough we go down on one or both knees and coax him up on us to play and rough house a little.

Maybe we pet them when they jump up on us, while saying things like, who’s a good boy, what you want?, wanna get the stick?, and we throw a ball or give him treats just because he is so damn cute,..

That is the human thing to do, but in a dogs eyes this is a humongous reward and you can bet he is going to remember all the good things that came when he put his cute little paws up on you.

Fast forward 18 months and things are not so rosey, he now weighs a heck of a lot more than he did when he was 12 weeks old, and now when he greets us by jumping up, he can hurt us and wreck clean clothes.

Your friends and family stop coming for visits.

You try your best to get him to stop, you try every thing you can think of,

Yelling, scolding, turning your back, maybe even giving him a scruff up side the head, but nothing works.

All these attempts to stop your dog from jumping up on you are in and of themselves,..rewards..all be it..unintentional and negative in nature.

One of the ways to begin to fix this problem, is to take stock of the situation and make changes in your behavior in order to influence your dogs behavior.

Remember I said earlier that your dog feels what you feel, so with that in mind ask yourself these questions.

1- Do you act excited to see your dog when you come home?

2- Are you getting angry with your dog in those times when he jumps on you?

If you answered yes to either of these questions then you have to do some inward looking and try hard to not give your dog attention either positive or negative when you first greet them.

Instead of acknowledging your excited dog when you come home, ignore him and go about work with other chores, like getting supper ready or making a cup of coffee.

Ignore your dog like he was not even there, don’t look at him, don’t talk to him, and don’t touch him.

When you dog is calmer then you can say hello, don’t look them straight in the eye because this will cause more anxiety in an already hyper excited mind.

Call your dog to come and at the moment you know he is going to jump on you, look him right in the eye and say,.. “NO!! .. in your best I mean it voice, show your teeth, turn sideways, and don’t move.

When you show a dog your teeth it speaks volumes to the dog in his native language.

You see,..

 

Dogs are repelled by predators, especially if they are showing teeth and looking them right in the eyes,..

As far as predators go, humans are top of the pile.

Don’t take a step backward because this will only make him want to jump on you more.

Stand still,.. be the rock,.. and if he jumps up,.. let him,.. and when he gets no response,.. either positive or negative,.. he will soon learn that there is no reward in jumping up and he will stop.

Remember the more a dog gets rewarded for a behavior the more likely he is to repeat that behavior often.

As long as you stay consistent with minding your own energy,.. and be aware of the way you feel,.. couple that with providing no reward for your dog,.. before long jumping up will be a thing of the past.

If your dog is rebellious and refuses to respond, then remove him from the room and give him a 1 minute time out in a place where he has nothing to do but wait for you to come and get him.

Short time outs are a very effective method of learning for a dog.

Dogs are very social animals,.. and they don’t like being isolated from the rest of their pack, this will help the learning process move more quickly.

Teach your dog to sit, there are literally a hundred things your dog can’t do when he’s sitting,.. and you guessed it,..jumping up is one of them.

Your friends and family will be so impressed, and relieved,.. they will once again want to spend time with you and your good dog.

Be sure to teach everyone how to do this exercise with your dog.

If your dog is behaving like Clementine and has free run of the house,.. your first order of business should be to crate train your dog.

Not only does crate training allow your dog to have place of their own to sleep and feel safe, the crate is a great tool for managing unwanted behavior while you teach your dog the rules of the house.

Talk soon,

Harley

 

 

 

 

 

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The ultimate pleasure for any dog is to bite, it is what they are designed to do, and in doing so massive amounts of stress is released from their bodies.

In this video I demonstrate a great exercise called bite and carry.

This exercise makes Ragnar feel good, keeps his energy flowing,.. and in the process he follows me wherever I go..

I have always trained my dogs during the course of my daily life, I do not have scheduled training sessions.

When I see an opportunity to work with my dogs, I take advantage of it.

If you have any  questions, leave them in the section below and I will get back to you soon.

all the best,

Harley

 

 

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Let me begin by saying that dogs are not wolves..

But, having said that:

They do share the same instinctual behaviors, all be it diluted by thousands of years of evolution, and stronger in some breeds as compared to others. There is not one behavior that a wolf has that can’t be found to some degree in our domesticated dogs. So what is the difference between dogs and their cousins the wolf?

 

Let’s take a look at some of those similarities and differences.

Dogs and wolves are both prey driven animals

All dogs are predators and have an instinctual  prey drive that is either very high or very low, or falls somewhere in between the two extremes. depending on the breed of dog.

Prey drive is the instinctual act of giving chase to something that is moving fast. In most cases for dogs that would be the family cat, that squirrel that keeps stealing the bird seed, or maybe the kid that zoomed past the gate on his bike.

When a dog gives chase to a cat it may or may not end up in a kill for the dog, but if that was a wolf chasing the cat..well that cat would be lunch.

Dogs will often kill small animals but very rarely do they eat what they kill. They just bring it to the house and present it to us with a look of, hey see what I brought for you, or stash it somewhere to be rolled on later.

There are many documented cases of dogs chasing someone on a bike and ending up biting that person. I am sure the dog had no intention of killing the person, but the end game of a prey driven chase is to bite something.

The predatory drive in a wolf is very intense and strong, that is why wolf-dog hybrids do not make good pets, you never know which animal you are going to be dealing with, thus making them unpredictable and dangerous for the average pet owner.

Dogs and wolves are both pack driven animals

There is much discussion in the modern dog training world that says that dogs are not true pack animals like wolves are, because a true pack is composed of a mated pair and their off-spring, all of which are related by blood and have a structured hierarchy that determines the ranking within that pack.

With all due respect to those of this opinion, I say bull shit.

I have raised over 50 litters of Blue German Shepherds since 1976 and I can say that without a doubt that the Mother is the highest ranked member of the pack, and she sets the rules for the rest of her litter, but when you take the Mother out of the picture and take a look at how the pups interact in her absence you will quickly see the beauty of the drive for pack rank in all its natural glory.

Note: If the Father of the pups is still around he will not usually take part in the up bringing of the pups.

That is one of the differences between dogs and wolves, in a wolf pack the Father is usually the Alpha and participates in the raising of his pups.

 

One of the tests I perform to determine the temperament of my pups is to toss a high value food reward like raw chicken or a pork chop in the pen with the pups and watch as they jostle, push, snarl, growl, snap, and bite to determine who is going to get and keep the prize.

The pup that pushes and bites the hardest and has the most confidence in his or her abilities will get the prize and rise to the top of the pack hierarchy and solidify their ranking in the family pack.

This struggle for pack rank continue throughout the life of the dog, even when they are taken home with a person they immediately begin to test and search for their rank in the new family pack.

If you already have dogs at home they have established their ranking and when a new member is added you will see them jostle and test to determine the new ranking order. While dogs are intelligent enough to know that people are not dogs that does not stop them from trying to find their place in the family unit, and to them, people are a part of the pack.

Dogs and Wolves Love To Dig

Wolves love to dig digging, they can dig a hole big enough for a 6 foot man to hide in.

Dogs and wolves dig holes for various reasons here a few of them.

  • wolves dig holes to prepare a den for the upcoming new litter as would a dog if they had no other option.
  • both dogs and wolves dig because it`s fun.
  • dogs and wolves dig to un-earth small rodents, rabbits, or roots that are edible.
  • dogs and wolves get bored and dig to alleviate the boredom.
  • dogs and wolves dig holes to keep cool, the earth is a very efficient air conditioner.

Dogs and wolves are both territorial

For a wolf being territorial is very important to the survival of the pack. They will guard their territory with their lives. Often because resources are limited ( food and mates) sometimes a wolf will run off or kill another wolf or dog for trespassing on territory they have marked as theirs. Some people think that a wolf will mate with feral dogs but this is a myth, a dog would be viewed as a threat or a meal, in either case they would most likely be killed.

Dogs and wolves are destructive

Intelligence and curiosity are the reasons why dogs and wolves love to tear apart everything they see. By the age of three months they want to find out what that thing is made of, and will use their teeth and paws with great intensity. You can train a domesticated dog not to do this, but you cannot train a wolf to stop this behavior, and it would be very wrong to try.

Dogs and wolves love to howl

There are many reasons why dogs and wolves howl, here are a few of them.

  • They are grieving the loss of a pack member.
  • They are preparing for a hunt, or celebrating a successful kill.
  • They howl to alert other pack members of a threat.
  • They howl because it’s fun.
  • They howl because of reasons we know nothing about.

Dogs and wolves are possessive

Both animals will guard what they perceive to be of great value, usually food. They will guard that object with force if need be, until they have no further use for it. When one of my pups becomes possessive, I always use what I call, “give me that and I will give you this”. For example if my dog is guarding a bone that has no meat on it, I will offer him a piece of tasty chicken or steak in exchange for the bone. The dog will gladly give me the bone, it’s a win-win situation.

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all the best.

Harley

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Cry Havoc and Let Slip The Dogs Of War”

What image comes to your mind when you read this phrase from
Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar?

I have a mental picture of Soldiers standing in a field holding back big
bad ass dogs like Rottweilers, German Shepard’s, or Bull Mastiffs,
straining against their tethers, snapping teeth bared, frothing at the
mouth in anticipation of tasting the enemies blood.

But when I researched the phrase I discovered that the word “havoc” was a
military command given to soldiers to go out and create chaos.

“Dogs of war” is a metaphor that Shakespeare used often in his plays,
and refered to the soldiers of the middle ages.

This got me thinking about dogs and the role they have played in the
history of war.

I thought it would be interesting to give you a few examples of dogs who
have contributed in one way or another in different wars.

Meet Sgt. Stubby of World War 1sgt stubby

He was a stray mongrel dog that understood the dangers of the environment he was in,but showed no fear and he ran to and from the front lines howling his battle cry while his human comrades cowered and nerves came undone in the midst of the loud noise, strain, and fog of war.

Sgt. Stubby was responsible for saving countless human lives because he
was so intelligent and brave, it is said that he could smell mustard gas
before it became lethal and run up and down the trenches barking and
biting soldiers until they put their gas masks on.

Click here to read more about Sgt. Stubby’s heroic exploits.

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The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs Of World War 2

Sometime during the early 1930’s the Russians, after having no successanti tank dog
with getting the mine dogs to take explosives up to a tank and drop it,then return to the handler who would then detonate the bomb with a remote, some twisted Soviet came up with an idea that would work but it would cost Fido his life.

They simply strapped the dog with the bomb and the dog would go under a tank and the soldier would blow up the tank and the dog.

As you can imagine the Soviets did not have much success with this
venture.

Click here to read how this turned out for the Anti Tank Dogs Of World
War 2.

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Dogs Fighting The Current War On Terror

There are many dogs working along side of Soldiers today in all the wartodays military dog
zones of the world, they are used in many capacities and their training is constant and next to none. From sniffing out explosives to tracking insurgents as they try to hide in the desert,their contributions to the cause is not measurable.

Click here to read more about these highly trained dogs and their
military handlers.

“Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs Of War”

Well that’s all for today I hope you found this post to be informative.

All the best,

Harley

Let me begin by saying that with all things there are exceptions to the rule.

and now on with my story…

I left this place scratching my head in total confusion.

I kept thinking to myself on the ride home, “Is this what dog training
has evolved into?”

Let me tell you why I will never set foot in another dog obedience class, and why I think they are a total waste of time and good money.

A few years back when I was first starting my online dog training
business, I decided to visit a few obedience classes to see what all the
fuss was about.

What I saw made me more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of
rocking chairs.

There were people walking their dogs in and out of cone pylons, zigging
and zagging in any number of geometric patterns, none of which I could see
had any real world applications, and every so often they would have the
dog sit for maybe 2 seconds and then give the dog a treat.

Not once did the instructor speak about corrections or discipline, which
by the way is one of the corner stones of my dog training philosophy.

I did not see anything that would help keep a dog from jumping up on
people or stealing food off the counter, or be able to be around other
dogs without reacting, which is what most people want from their dogs,
and the thought of treating a dog for basically nothing at all really
made my skin crawl.

Everything the dogs did in these classes was motivated by food rewards.
Not only is this impossible it’s not something you will see in nature.

So I put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and did some investigating.

I asked several people I knew that had problems with their dogs and more
often than not these people had at one time or another had their dogs in
obedience class.

Fast forward 6 years

If anything has changed it’s been for the worse, most of my work is un-
doing what was done to the dogs in a formal obedience class. You only
need to look at the streets in your neighborhood to find dogs pulling
people down the street, and if you knock on any number of doors you will
inevitably hear someone yell, “There’s someone at the door put the dog
away!”, followed by uncontrolled insane barking.

These dogs won’t sit for more than a few seconds, rarely will come when
called without being bribed, and forget about holding a stay for any
length of time, it’s just not going to happen.

The simple truth is that dogs and their owners who attend formal
obedience classes are not taught the correct way and much of what they
are taught is unnecessary.

This is why I think the dog training obedience classes are a waste of your
time and money, not to mention detrimental to your dogs well-being.

People don’t want their dog to be like the “Littlest Hobo”

Most of the people I work with just want well-mannered dogs that for the
most part are easy to handle and stay out of trouble. So you have to ask
yourself..

With the large number of dogs coming out of obedience class with no
usable skill and in most cases worse off than when they went in, is it
the dogs fault, the owners fault, or it the methodology messed up?

So just in case you’re not convinced by my insightful posting and you are
hell-bent on taking your new puppy  or dog to obedience class..here’s my number
506-375-4143.

Keep it in a safe place cause I will be hearing from you real soon.

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All the best

Harley