PACK LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS NOT OLD SCHOOL BASIC OBEDIENCE
 

As the pack leader to the many different packs of dogs that come regularly to our daycare every week, and with each group, I have established leadership and set rules and boundaries that each dog has to follow daily. This must come from a calm and loving leader, or there is no possible way a pack will follow. From puppies to the older dog, they must first learn the rules and be accepted by me and each member of the pack, before they can join in the play. That can take about 3 visits, or if very compliant and friendly, it can start right away.


We set these rules for the new dog, so they can be integrated into our pack, and the pack will do the same by setting their own personal limits and pack boundaries as well. This must happen in order for the new dog to be allowed to play with everyone in the pack. You see this at the dog park a lot. An excited pup, not socialised, will run up on a dog or two, and they will be pretty rough on him. Sometimes the pups owners accuse the other dog owner of having an aggressive dog and leaves the park. Too bad! That pup needed that correction and more, to realise it's mistake and correct it.  And that has to happen for the dog to invite the pup to come and play. That's how they learn how to behave with other dogs and us humans. 


And who's had this happen, where a dog runs up on your puppy and it snaps, and all the other dog owners think you have an aggressive puppy, and you leave the park in shame. Both are incorrect assessments and can be avoided. We will teach you how to lead your new puppy or dog, control a group of strange dogs, rehabilitate your dog or a rescue, or how to work as a dog handler in a dog daycare centre, or to volunteer at a shelter. You can lead one dog or a pack of dogs with the right energy and assertive calm. For a dog to follow you, it must first trust you. We use good old Love and Respect!

Dogs are pack animals, just not like wolves, that are inherently predators. Pack animals live in groups, which have a pack leader and lower ranking pack members. Dog packs, like wolf packs, are not a democracy.  A pack is organised in a hierarchy of rank.  Simply put...this means that every member of the pack knows exactly what its rank is within the family pack.  All pack animals genetically understand this concept.  So learning to live a domesticated life with humans isn't something they are born with, but something we need to teach them from the start, and they can quickly learn that we humans lead the pack.

 

Below are a list of classes offered to achieve that great family dog in and out of the home.

 

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Pack Leader for Puppies 

There is no point in teaching most obedience behaviours (except the sit) to a puppy under the age of 7 months. The main thing to focus on during your pup’s early development stage is how to build a relationship based on two things: trust and playfulness. The rest will come naturally. I’ll come to your home and show you the natural way to distract your pup away from things she shouldn't be chewing. I’ll also teach you how to get your pup to sleep through the night, and how to paper train her, if you really have to. 


Don’t worry about housebreaking yet. Some tips I can share will help end that problem quickly, but most puppies aren’t ready for that until they’re about 14 weeks old. Once fully vaccinated, we can start with leash training and when your pup is physically and emotionally ready, (ca. 7-8 months), I recommend basic obedience. This will greatly improve visits with the vet, and your pup will have no issues with standing or allowing toughing by the vet or vet techs. 

Pack Leader for the Adult dog 

A real pack leader doesn't get emotional or suffer nervous energy, so neither should you if you want to be the pack leader in your home. In the wild, the pack leader uses calm-assertive energy to influence how the dog interacts with his surroundings. She enforces these laws in a quiet way, as is the case when a mother picks up a puppy by the scruff of the neck if he strays outside the den. She'll put the pups head in her mouth and growl quietly, to settle the puppy down to silence it in case of trouble. I recommend learning how to growl the right way to see a great new and calm way to control your dog.

Pack Leader Growl class

Growling is a natural and necessary way for dogs to communicate. It's not always in aggression, although most times it will represent a warning of some kind. Learning the different types of growls will help you to understand what your dog or a strange dog is trying to convey by growling. For us Pack Leaders it's so helpful to be able to use a quiet growl or a large loud growl to redirect or stop unwanted behaviour. Some people really struggle to growl, so in this private class you will learn how to growl, what facial expression suits the growl, and what tone to use and when. And we will practice it without your dog there. This helps you gain the confidence you need to come across as stable, confident, calm and a true leader of your dog or any and all dogs you come in contact with. A true Master!

Basic Obedience Class (Private)

Our basic obedience class gives you the full attention you and your pup needs to learn focus and patience. These two are key to setting the ground work for any obedience you need, be it at the vets office or at the dog park or even walking the dog safely through the streets. The nice part about my class is, it really is up to you how many sessions you need. If you do the work and you pay attention, you could get all the info in just 2 sessions, with as much time between the two sessions you need for practising and perfecting the steps. You can take as long as you want. When you are ready for the next step, call and book it in. 

Puppy Social
Puppy socials are starting up this May! Call Mimi to get your dog registered for a fun Saturday social for pups between 3 months to 1 yrs old. Pups need to have had at least their second set of shots and the Kennel cough vaccine aka Bordatella. They need to be healthy and dewormed. Mimi will be here to answer questions and give advice. Go to our 'contact us' page to send your request to book a spot for one of our Saturday puppy socials. 
Dog Board & Train for Puppies 12  weeks to 8 months old 
Our Board & Train program is teaching Pack Leadership, and designed to have your pup here during the week, and home with you on the weekend. Instruction includes; boundaries, rules, limitations, house training, nipping, counter grazing, jumping up, barking, sharing, socialising and confidence building.
 
Dog must have had two of the three sets of shots to participate, as other healthy and up to date dogs will be there during daycare hours, and the personal dog of the trainer will be part of the program. 

You will get one session of instruction and exercises designed just for you, to follow each week. It's vital that you make time for this session and that everyone living with the dog is there. Understanding your vital part as a pack leader at this time is going to help you win over your dog and finally help you feel like you have control of your life and your dog. Priceless...
 
This is not an option for those that want basic obedience. Some basic training like 'sit' is necessary for the program to have a base starting point. Pay close attention to the instructions for the first weekend at home, and focus on what is being done, and you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. 
 
Pups will be ready for the Basic Obedience training following the 4 week program, as long as the results are achieved and maintained on a regular and consistent basis. 
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