Archive for February, 2010

Browsing through my list of articles you will find information about what kind of stuff manufacturers of pet food are preparing for our pets.
It may come as a surprise to you that most manufacturers of pet food are also the manufacturers of OUR FOOD.
Do you want to see through the smoke screen of advertising?
Do you really want to know what the sickness industry is doing to us?
Run to a bookshop and buy “The Wellness Revolution” by Paul Zane Pilzer.
I quote from the chapter about how economics perpetuates obesity and malnutrition:

”A powerful trillion dollar food industry bombards us with messages calculated to make us eat more and more of the worst possible food.”

I love Dr.Mercola
If you cannot run to the bookshop now, go to the website of Dr.Mercola (www.mercola.com), register for his newsletter and read what he has to say about the sickness-food-industry.
Some statistics, implicating both the food industry and the governments as co-creating factors in the obesity epidemic, include:
In 2002, consumers spent $174 billion on processed foods.
90 percent of foods marketed each year are processed foods.
Last year, 2,800 new candies, desserts, ice-creams, and snacks
were introduced to the marketplace, compared to 230 new fruits or
vegetable products.
The food industry spends $34 billion per year marketing their
products.
$12 billion is spent marketing to children.
The food industry is quick to point out that the choice is always yours — they’re not making you buy something you don’t want. They also want to blame the obesity problem on people’s unwillingness to exercise.
As a matter of fact, the food industry is doing exactly the same what the tobacco industry has been doing for 50 years.

I quote from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter about how the food industry is deceiving us:

“As little as 20 years ago the public was still being told smoking cigarettes was perfectly harmless, and many believed the propaganda. Since then society has paid the price for that fraudulent piece of misinformation. What you’re seeing now is the next phase of this sad trend, where manufacturers, lobbyists, and government stay in cahoots to deceive you for profit, without regard for your health.
For the last ten years I have been ranting about how much the drug industry spends to manipulate and distort your perceptions on the proper solutions for your health challenges. Well they only spend $20 billion a year. The food industry is spending TWICE that much to brainwash you and your kids to chose convenience foods that are highly processed and will accelerate your path towards death and disease and the need to use drugs to control your symptoms.

Fast food and processed food usually tastes good and is typically relatively inexpensive, so for many it is an easy choice. Pay less and get better tasting food, what could be simpler?. This is likely why 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed foods. What nearly all have not factored into the equation is that they will almost certainly pay a heavy price for it in the long run — both literally and figuratively.
Subsisting on “junk” foods alone is a surefire way to accelerate your aging process and compromise your health. There is just no way around it — if you want to reap a healthy life, you, a spouse, relative, or someone you pay needs to invest some time in the kitchen preparing your food.
Your goal should be to reverse this ratio and strive for 90 percent non-processed food and maybe 10 percent from other food sources. Not only will you enjoy the health benefits, but the satisfaction of preparing meals and being in control over what you put into yourself can be a great feeling.
Following my nutrition plan, according to your nutritional type, might require a little more time and energy than automatically reaching for a ready-made processed dish, but it could:
Add years to your lifespan
Give you more energy than you know what to do with
Help you avoid:
Cancer
Heart Disease
Diabetes
Arthritis
Taking control of your food is a commitment to your health, and to life itself.

Does Following the Food Pyramid Lead to Better Health?
Can you rely on the government to provide objective, health-promoting food and nutrition advice, via the Food Guide Pyramid? The short answer to that question is “No.” The reality of how government bows to food-industry interests is shocking, and most certainly plays a role in the obesity epidemic.
When you consider that fruits and vegetables receive less than 1 percent of the $20 billion agricultural subsidies, whereas corn and soybeans (two of the processed food industry’s most important commodities) get 20 times that, none of this should come as a surprise.
The truth is, everyone has a unique biochemistry and the only way to find out what you should be eating is by determining your nutritional type — not by following meal recommendations influenced by an industry whose sole mission is to sell more of their products.

How to Avoid Junk Food Temptation
The first step to avoiding processed junk food is to change your mindset, which admittedly is not an easy task — but it is one that can be done. Rather than looking at junk food as a reward that tastes good, try thinking of it as:
Extra calories that will harm your body.
A toxic concoction of foreign chemicals and artificial flavors that will lead to disease.
A waste of your money.
Likely to lead to increased health care bills for you and your family.
Not something to give to children, whose bodies are still developing
and in great need of nutrients.
And instead of thinking of healthy food as not tasting good, think of it as food that will fortify your body with nutrients, boost your immune system, fight disease — even slow down the aging process. I can’t think of a stronger advertisement than that!
If you are thinking, “Well I try to eat healthy, but I always feel hungry and crave other foods,” then you’re most likely not eating for your nutritional type. If you eat the right ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates — and the right types — for your nutritional type, you will naturally feel satisfied and full of energy after you eat. “
(end of quote)

I love my dogs but I also love dr. Mercola because he is speaking out for us. He is not a mercenary of the pharmaceutical companies. He is not a doctor treating symptoms while leaving the causes of our illnesses untouched. Therefore I trust him.
I do not trust most medical companies because for them it is more profitable to research and develop products that create customers for life.

The information from Dr.Mercola offers us many possibilities on how to lead a healthier life.
You can read in the “about us” of this website that I decided to be born in Belgium. Some people say that potato chips are a Belgian invention.
That is why I like it when Dr.Mercola writes “eating one potato chip from McDonalds’ is as dangerous as smoking one cigarette.”
Can you imaging leading a healthier life and at the same time feeding your dogs junk food?
Neither can I.

All the best from

Brunothedoglistener

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Why animals live shorter lives?
(A story written by a remarkable veterinarian send to me by Eva Schoenfeld)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker.
The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family
I couldn’t do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia-procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.
Shane seemed so calm petting the old dog for the last time that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up “I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said

“People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember, if a dog were the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days stop and lie in the grass.
On hot days drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle
her/him gently.
Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing of you.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY

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ACADEMY OF TISSUE SALTS & FACIAL ANALYSIS
Eva F. Schoenfeld
P O Box 1233, Lanseria 1748
Johannesburg, South Africa
info@schuessler-mineral.com
Cell (+27) 076 819 4590
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(I received this interesting article from Scott Cundill)

Hi Bruno,
Every week I send out an “Article of the Week” taken from the www.MajesticWay.net website. If you do not wish to receive them, you can stop this journey by clicking here.

This week, I’d like to thank Walter Cahn from Face Profiling (www.facepro.co.za). Please login and search under “confidence” to locate his article, then feel free to comment on it. I like this article because it is off the beaten track a little bit. Anything that expands our mind outside of the traditional way of doing business (which doesn’t work) has my complete support!

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The breath of confidence Written by Walter Cahn

Has it ever occurred to you that confident people have a secret?

Just the other day i was reading a little book about failure. I forget the title and the author, but what was interesting is a snippet on an study done by the MIT in the US and the finding that 80 % of our failure limiting programs are generated by a breakdown in personal communication with another person on a “first” encounter.

Ah, have you noticed some people just get to know others so quickly, are confident and just seem to win others over naturally. They seem to breathe and exude confidence.

Well here’s the thing the secret is in breathing. It is a natural ally to create emotional rapport. Observe a confident person’s actions when you are in the office. Their breathing is deep, as if they are breathing into their belly. Upper chest breathing in a “confident” person is a sure sign of stress.

Check how you are breathing now, now breath, very shallow, low and slow?

Try this, straighten your spine, look up, breathe in through your nose and use your belly muscles to draw the air into the bottom of your lungs.

You may find that you need to adjust your posture and straighten your spine to accommodate this. Typically most of us hunch over when working with PC’s and this causes that upper back stress point.

OK how do you feel now that you have taken a few nice, low and slow breathes, calmer, more focused?

Imagine what this method can do for you when you meet with people, taking a deep, peaceful breath when going through the social greeting ritual sets the frame for a successful outcome, as the other person or persons in that meeting will tend to follow your lead and start breathing deeply as they subconsciously pick up the confidence cue from you.

How would it be if one conducts meeting in a relaxed, attentive and confident manner. breathing low and slow will provide an excellent starting point for more successful outcomes to meetings, sales pitches, interpersonal relationships.

As Gary player says, “The more I practice the luckier I get!” So try this and practice it regularly it is one step to a more confident you.

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Today I received a message from Fernando in Madrid who wants to buy not one but 2 Bull Mastiffs.

Look what he wrote to me:

Hey Bruno, some advice please.

We are thinking of getting two puppies in the near future, in your experience is it best to get two bitches or a dog and a bitch. Also is it easier or better to get them both at the same time more or less or get one first and when it is slightly older and house trained etc introduce the second one ? bitch first or dog first ? any advice on this will be appreciated at we would like to avoid any problems if possible. people have said u can´t have two bitches other people have said get them both at the same time but surely it will be easier to educate one at atime rather than two at once? we´re getting bullmastiffs from recommended breeder in madrid.

thanks.

It is always very difficult to give advice without knowing the personal situation of the one who is asking the questions.

¡Hola Fernando!
¿Como va la vida?

NEVER, I repeat, NEVER take two bitches as pets in the same house if you are not a professional. Do NOT believe what well meaning unexperienced people might say to you. Two bitches is a recipe for disaster if you are not a professional, and even then….
What you will choose is a bitch and a male and then you will have the male castrated and the bitch spayed, unless you are a professional breeder. But if you would be a professional breeder, you would not be asking these questions and you would not need my advice. You would know.

Get them both at the same time?

I do not know your situation. I only do know that you have registered on my website a long time ago, you live in Madrid and you have received already 85 emails from me.

If you are an experienced dog handler you can educate two dogs at the same time.
If you are not experienced, PLEASE TAKE ONLY ONE DOG. Then take time and make the effort to educate that dog. When the first one is educated, then go for a second dog. You will have learned how to educate the first and educating the second will be easier. The second dog will learn from the older first dog by copying her or his behaviour.

If you have no experience go for a bitch as first dog.
If you are an experienced dog handler it does not matter if the first dog is a bitch or a male.

Based upon the questions you ask, I do get the impression that you are not an experienced dog handler.

For that reason I would like to know more about your personal situation and your experience with dogs.

A bull mastiff is not a yorkshire terrier.
An adult bull mastiff will be between 61 and 68 cm high and will have a body weight between 50 and 60 kg.
It is my personal opinion that these dogs can only be owned by responsable and experienced people who do not live in a flat but in the country side. People who have a lot of time and a lot of space to work with these working dogs.
An experienced Spanish owner will also know that in order to own such a dog in Spain you will need to respect the law that says (entre otras cosas)

– that before you buy the dog, you first need to undergo a psycological test because you need a certificate from a psychologist who confirms that you are a stable person and who will allow you offcially to own such a dog,
– that before you buy the dog, and having passed the psycological test, you have to apply for a certificate in your town hall where you dog will have to be registered,
– that you have to do la prueba de sociabilidad with your dog in the clinic of a vet who has been officially appointed to do this kind of test,
– that you are not allowed to walk such a dog on a long leash and that he must always carry a muzzle (el perro siempre tiene que llevar un bozal en la via publica),
– that you will have to buy a special insurance policy for this dog.

You MUST check the reputation of the breeder and I am not a breeder.

Why must you check the reputation of the breeder? Because……………I quote:

Cuando decida comprar un cachorro de Bullmastff es aconsejable se dirija a un criadero acreditado. Porque la raza presenta problemas congénitos serios que hay que tener en cuenta. Sufren de cáncer, displasia de cadera y torsión de estomago. Solicite certificado con las observaciones de sus progenitores para asegurar que la rama familiar esta libre de displasia y saber la incidencia de cáncer en su descendencia. También pueden presentar alteraciones en la piel y problemas oculares. Esta raza llegan a vivir hasta 10 años.

The genetical problems of the breed are the result of criminals who have puppy factories and who only want to make money. These criminals, most of them located in eastern European countries, breed invalids and sell them to pet shops.
NEVER BUY A PUP IN A PET SHOP.

So watch ou and be carefult

I do not know the kind of home you live in but remember that the dog will not be able to run down or up staircases during his/her first year. Doing that might turn her/him into an invalid with bad hips.

I do not know if you have children, but a child will not have the physical strength nor the dominant behaviour that will enable it to handle the dog.
This dog  has the temperament of a guard dog and therefore this dog needs a very stable master.

Stable dogs have stable owners.
Unstable dogs have unstable owners.

What is ABSOLUTELY vital is that you educate this dog in such a way that your position as the pack leader is very, very clear. As soon as you understand your dog and the dog understands you, you can start educating your dog. As soon as you have educated your dog, then you will be able to train him. I certainly advice you to do obedience training with the dog.

I presume the following:

– that you have spoken with the other members of the family about the buying of a Bull Masstiff,
– that you have been thinking about the experience you have with dogs in general,
– thatb you are in touch with the Bull Mastiff club,
– that you have contacted several breeders with an impeccable reputation,
– that you have read a few books about the breed,
– that you have been gathering information about these dogs on the internet,
– that you have been in touch with people who have Bull Mastiffs,
– that you have been thinking about the financial consequences of keeping such a dog(s),
– that you have been thinking about the time you will spend with you dog(s),
– that you have been thinking about the home and the area where you live,
– that you will not buy these dogs as a status symbol,
– that you will not buy these dogs because you want to use them in order to enhance your own sense of false masculinity,

and then, only then you can come to the conclusion that you are going to have such a dog.

I sincerely hope I have given you some food for thought before you take a decision.
If you are inexperienced with dogs go for a Labrador bitch. The dog will be your teacher, just like my dogs are still my teachers.
I have 17 years of experience and I have 2 Labradors. You can see my picture with my 2 dogs on the homepage of my website.

Un saludo cordial de Bruno,
el encantador de los (dueños) de perros.

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

Stable dogs have stable owners.

Unstable dogs have unstable owners.

www.brunodogs.com

00 34  690 19 29 76

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Working with dogs and dog owners has in many respects been a wonderful eye-opener for me.
Many dog owners I met in the beginning of my canine career presented me with magnificent mirrors of my own behavior.
While observing how these persons behaved and communicated with their dogs I saw how they mirrored what I had done before.
I recognized the body language and the way of giving commands that I had used as an inexperienced dog owner. I recognized the feelings of frustration, anger, doubt and sadness I had felt in the past when I was “trying“ to do something with my dog.

“I tried to control my dog”
I remember visiting a client many years later. She owned 2 large dogs she could not control. At the end of my first visit I told her how she had to implement the rules of the canine pack. I offered her 2 possibilities: to do it on her own or to do it with my private tuition.
She decided to do it on her own.
Three months later she called me again. I had to come immediately because it was an emergency.
One of her big dogs had bitten a child.

Some dog owners really think that I can pay them a visit and show where the panic button is in the dog.
They want an immediate solution for a situation they took years in creating.
We live in a society of fast food and immediate gratification.
However there are no fast solutions when we deal with learning and education.
Shall we meet tomorrow and learn Chinese?
Shall we meet the day after tomorrow and learn French?
NO, that is impossible because education and learning take time.

When I arrived I interviewed my client and asked her to call her dogs.
She could not do it. The dogs ignored her, just like they had ignored her during my first visit.
I asked her how she had practiced with her dogs.
Her answer was: “I cannot control the Rotweiler and with the other dog I HAVE TRIED.”
I explained to her that if she TRIED to do something, it meant that she really DID NOTHING.
She was not amused.

Clarity of communication
If you TRY to take control of your dogs, you are not in control.
If you TRY to be consistent you will never be successful with the education of your dogs. You will be successful when you take the decision to be consistent.
If you TRY to buy a bottle of beer, you will have no beer.
If you TRY to prepare dinner, there will be no dinner.
If you TRY to drive a car, you will not drive a car.
If you TRY to educate a dog, you will see no results.
If we use the word TRY, we have a built-in excuse for not doing it.
If we TRY to do something we have an excuse for failure.
Trying is not enough.
You have to DO it.

It is very important to communicate clearly and effectively with whomever I meet and also with my dogs.
As a boy and as a young man I was never taught to communicate clearly and effectively.
I was taught to hide my feelings.
I was taught to please others and to adapt my behavior accordingly.
I was taught to use certain words that minimized the impact of what I was saying. These words take away the power of what I was saying.
Here are some clear examples of unclear communication.

Words that take away the impact of what I am saying are

“Just, kind of, sort of, a little, maybe, some, I think.”

Words that set me up for possible failure are

“I will try, I will make an attempt.”

Words that show how my thoughts, feelings and behavior are influenced from the outside are:

“I should, I have to, I am supposed to”.

My dogs show me every day what clear and effective communication is.
Since I engaged myself in the ManKindProject I learned the real significance of debilitating words.
I use those words to camouflage my own true feelings, my own true thoughts and my own actions
I learned to acknowledge my own feelings.
I learned to take more control of my behavior.
In short I learned to take more control of my life and to say clearly what I want and what I do not want.
It was not easy but it helped to see much more clearly what I was doing in my life and with my dogs.
If you want to know more about the ManKindProject please go to the website of this beautiful organization called http://www.mkp.org.za/

Do you want to TRY educating your dog dog?
Do you say that you SHOULD be consistent?
Do you say that you HAVE TO exercise more with your dog?
Do you say that you are SUPPOSED to do what I advised you to do?
Do you say that you will PROBABLY feed your dogs according to the rules of a canine pack?
Do you say that you KIND OF train your dog?
Do you say that they are only jumping A LITTLE?

Does a canine mother or father TRY educating her/his child?
No, they start with the education of that puppy one second after it was born. Their rules are clear and effective. They never experience the problems we have with our dogs.
If you use debilitating words while describing your behavior towards your dogs, I bet that you also call them “hopeless” or “bad dogs”.
Dogs are never hopeless or bad dogs.
Learning the secrets of canine communication is never hopeless.
It is a wonderful and enriching learning process that will change your life.
Do you want to lead a harmonious life with your dogs?
What are you waiting for?
Get in touch with me.
I am always willing to help you.

All the best.

Brunothedoglistener

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(Very interesting information about pets and good health on Dr.Mercola’s website www.mercola.com)

Sport and arguing both put stress on your heart, but fighting is more strenuous for your heart than working out. The reason for this, according to the study, is that emotions from the argument can elevate your blood pressure even after the argument or fight is resolved. Just thinking about a fight can raise your blood pressure!

Doctors have known for a long time that stress is harmful to health, but this study pins down one of the physical effects that stress can have on the body. The researchers found that those tested who were provoked to anger not only took twice as long to lower their blood pressure to normal, but also had a significant jump in blood pressure when they thought about the experience.

The researchers suggested that in order to counteract this effect of emotional stress on the heart, people should learn to let things go and not ruminate or worry about the past.

In another study, one that measured how the heart reacted to stress while in the presence of pets, friends and spouses found that people with pets had a significantly lower heart rate and blood pressure while resting. They also had much smaller increases in blood pressure and heart rate while under stress. Pet owners had the lowest increases in pressure and rate while their pets were present.

The researchers concluded that pets played a significant role in promoting good health.

Psychosomatic Medicine 64:727-739 (2002)
Psychosom Med 2002 Sep-Oct;64(5):714-26

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

Stress really is not the problem, but rather our ability to handle the stress. For those of you who may not know, W. Clement Stone died on September 4 at the ripe old age of 100 and he was fond of using the term “inverse paranoid”.

He believed that the world was conspiring to make him a better person and that every bad thing in his life ultimately was for some greater good.

He wrote or co-authored three books: “The Success System that Never Fails,” “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” and “The Other Side of the Mind,” but I believe the far better books were the ones written by his mentor, Napoleon Hill.

Clearly a positive mental attitude can go a long way towards helping one improve the effect of stress. As the above study suggests, pets can also be helpful.

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Thank you Jaco for sending me your request for help.
This is what you wrote:

“Can you please help me to handle my dogs. The one is a Labrador and the other a Boerboel. I love them very much but they don’t listen. The Boerbull is 8 months old and the Labby is 1year and 4 months. I think they are too old to learn, please guide me.”
Later on you added:” The most irritating thing is that they jump on us and against the cars when we arrive at home – why?”

Thank you for taking the time and being so honest to fill out my questionnaire. If I do not have enough information it is impossible for me to understand your situation.

What Jaco is writing is very interesting.
He is a dog loving man but he has to leave his pets alone all day.
He also has never learned how to spend quality time with them and does not know how to educate them.
I am very glad with his wise decision. He noticed that something is missing in the relationship with his dogs and he asked for my help.
It is my opinion that you need to be a courageous man (or woman) to ask for help when you notice that you cannot communicate properly with your dogs.
I am honoring Jaco for his courage.

It is my opinion that over the last 50 years we have created a society were we are disconnected from each other, from nature and from Spirit. At school we have been taught not to think and not to acknowledge our feelings. We have a school system that is set to produce good workers for the industry and “shop until you drop-consumers” for the economy.

On the other hand it amazes me constantly to see how well dogs adapt to the situations we create for them. Left to themselves they take possession of their territory, take charge of the human pack and consider the un-informed owners to be at their beck and call.
When that happens owners think that “the dogs are too old to learn”, and get more and more irritated with the “bad” behavior of their pets.
I quote Jaco:“ I love them very much but they don’t listen.”
In another article on www.brunodogs.com I explain that “bad” dogs do not exist. What exists in many dog-owning families is a complete lack of understanding how dogs communicate.
I see it as my task to help dog owners understand their pets.
If a dog owner tells me that “his/her dogs don’t listen” I smile and I disagree.
My interpretation is different. I know for sure that the dogs are listening to every word spoken by the owner. They notice every signal or movement made by the owner, BUT THE DOGS DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OWNER WANTS.
Let’s take a close look at what Jaco does.

Warning.
Before offering my solutions to Jaco, I have to stress something else.
If you are not consistent in whatever you do in your life, you will not be successful.
If you are not consistent in what you do with your dogs, stop reading and ask another family to adopt them.
If you are not consistent I cannot help you.
Neither can any other canine specialist in the world.

Leaving home.
Ever observed what a canine pack leader does after a separation from his pack? Ever watched a program about wolfs on Discovery Channel or Animal Planet? Ever watched a DVD about wolfs?
If you did, you have noticed that a canine pack leader leaving the den will ignore his pack and simply go.
When he comes back the pack will “say hello” to him and he will ignore them.
By doing this he asserts his position of the pack: he is the leader and the members of his pack respects his leadership.

Are you behaving in that manner Jaco?
Or are you behaving in such a way that you are always confirming your position as a pack leader?

You “say goodbye” when leaving and “say hello” when coming back. You can do it by saying something to you dogs, by touching them, giving them a titbit or simply by looking at them
What is the message for the dogs? How do dogs perceive this behavior?

Each time you are leaving or coming home you give them the same clear message and they think: “Our owners are behaving like obedient members of our pack. Our owners want us to be the leaders of the pack”.
SOLUTION.
Whenever you create a separation between yourself and your dogs (by going to the bathroom, by closing a door and leaving the dogs in the garden, by going to your bedroom for a nap, by leaving the house) IGNORE THEM.
Ignoring your dogs means that you do not touch them, do not speak to them and do not look at them.
I predict that you will see a dramatic change in their behavior if you are consistently ignoring your dogs when you leave home and doing the same when you come home.

When you come home, ignore your dogs until the very moment they stop begging for your attention. At that very moment CALL THEM, praise them for coming to you, stop praising them, walk away from them and ignore them again.

Feeding your dogs
Jaco fills bowls with dog food that are left for the dogs during the day.

SOLUTION
1.Stop doing this immediately and start using a feeding ritual.
2.Feed your dogs twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening.
3.Make the dogs sit and wait for their food.
4.Eat something while they are waiting and looking at you, before giving them the food.
5.Teach them to wait, until you put the bowls on the floor and given the command “Come”.
6.Walk away from the bowls but keep an eye on them.
7.As soon as the bowls are empty, or as soon as a dog walks away from his bowl, even when it is not empty, take the bowls away.
8.Never give them bowls filled with food when you are gone.
9.Use the feeding ritual to teach them “SIT”, “STAY” and “COME”.
10.Each time you eat first you confirm your position in the pack. You are the leader.
11.Stop giving them titbits from your plate during your meals.
For the dogs it means that they are allowed to eat from your bowl, while at the same time you are not eating from their bowl. Once more you confirm their position in the pack and you undermine yours.
When you practice point 4, you will confirm your position as leader of the pack.
Just like with the ignoring when leaving the house and returning home, you will see changes in their behavior if you use this solution for feeding time.
Feeding your dogs twice a day offers you the possibility to teach them “Sit”, “Stay” and “Come” 60 times per month or 730 times per year. I assure you that your dogs will know the commands in a very short time.
If you are consistent.

Access to the house
You need to talk to your wife or invite her to read this article. If she wants she can write me or call me for more information.
The rules in the house are to be respected by everyone.
Rules have to be applied in a consistent way.
Example: are your dogs allowed access to the house or not? Now you are in favor of leaving them outside and your wife allows them inside.
For your dogs it means that they are in charge.

SOLUTION
Access to the house is not linked to a person.
Access to the house is linked to a permission given by a person.
As your dogs will learn to Stay during the feeding ritual, both of you will use the command “Stay” or “Come” when you decide what will happen. You and your wife will decide what the dogs do. It will no longer be the dogs that decide if they come in or stay outside.
This applies not only to access to the house, but to every other situation: you and your wife (and not the dogs) decide what will happen.
In your cased it is not right or wrong that the dogs have access to the house. It is wrong that there is a mixed signal given to the dogs.
My dogs sleep inside but do not have access to the bedrooms nor the bathrooms.

Right of passage
Today you allow your dogs right of passage in the following situations:
-they are in front of you when you go through a door,
-they are in front of you when you mount or descend a staircase,
-they are in front of you when you go through a narrow passage,
-you are stepping over them when they are lying on the floor.
Every time you allow them right of passage you are confirming their position in the pack and undermining yours.
From now on you do the opposite of what you did:
You are in front when going through a door or a narrow passage. You are in front when mounting or descending a staircase and you make them get up and move aside instead of stepping over them.

Jumping up
Why do your dogs jump up?
Because you invite them to do it.
Why do dogs jump up?
To get attention.
Each time you come home, you pay attention to them.
Each time visitors arrive at your home they pay attention to the dogs.
For the dogs it means that jumping up is very rewarding: each time they jump up they get what they want, i.e. they get attention.

SOLUTION
Ignore you dogs when coming home. If they jump on you, turn around and walk away. Do not say anything, do not touch them, do not look at them.
If you shout at them, if you push them away and look at them, they get what they want, i.e. they get attention.
If you walk away and ignore them, jumping is not rewarding anymore.
When they jump on you and you walk away, wait until they are calm, call them, praise them for coming and walk away again.

Visitors
Invite your visitors to do the same as what you do.
Invite them to ignore your dogs.
Be prepared when visitors arrive.
If need be, put your dogs away in the garage and close the door.
Invite your visitors to come in and explain to them that you started an educational program for your dogs.
Ask your visitors for help in this program. Ask them if they are willing to participate in the exercise.
Invite your visitors to keep standing or to take a seat.
Open the door of the garage and let your dogs come out.
Remind your visitors to ignore the dogs by not saying anything, not touching them and by not looking at them.
If the dogs do not behave, put them back in the garage.
Wait until the dogs are quiet and not barking nor whining or scratching the door of the garage.
The moment they are quiet, open the door and let them come out.
Repeat this procedure with dogs and visitors until the dogs get the message and until your visitors have seen that your dogs are not jumping up on them when being ignored.

Punishing your dogs
Do canine mothers punish their children?
No, they don’t.
Canine mothers educate their children.
Canine mothers teach their children what is allowed and what is not allowed.
We do the same with our dogs.
We teach them what is allowed and what is not allowed.

Do canine mothers smack their children?
No, they don’t.
Smacking a dog is the behavior of a frustrated dog owner.
Smacking a dog is the behavior of a dog owner who forgot to educate his dogs.
Smacking a dog destroys the confidence and respect the dog feels for his leader.
Instead of smacking our dogs, we teach our dogs.
Instead of smacking our dogs, we correct our dogs.
Instead of smacking our dogs we educate our dogs.

Dominance
Many dominant dogs are natural gentle leaders.
Dominant dogs never behave like human dictators do. Dominant dogs do not behave like Hitler, Stalin, Franco or Idi Amin.
They show their natural dominance in their behavior. They are the leaders and the protectors of the pack. Because of good leadership the pack will hunt, procreate and survive in safety.
Enlightened dog owners will interpret the behavior of their dogs correctly.
In this case I see a male Boerboel showing clear signs of dominance over the owners. It comes with the breed. The Boerboel “wants Jaco to chase him” and growls when someone is approaching his bowl.
Jaco also writes that the Boerboel is “hopeless”.
I agree.
The situation can certainly become hopeless if this dog is left on its own.
Boerboels are big dogs. They are being bred and used as guard dogs.
Many vets can tell us stories about Boerboels showing aggressive behavior.
If a dog owner does not educate a Boerboel, he is creating the conditions for dangerous accidents.
I strongly advice Jaco to start educating this dog TODAY.
I strongly advice Jaco to seek professional help TODAY.

Playing
When dogs interact we think that they are “playing”. They do not play the way
we play football or cricket.
Dogs play with a purpose. When pups play amongst themselves or with
parents they are training in order to become efficient killing machines.
When they chase a ball, they are hunting a prey.
When they shake the head with a ball in their mouth, they are killing a prey.
When you buy a “toy” for your dog, she will consider it to be her prey if you
do not take it away from her.
What are the consequences?
When Jaco has to chase his Boerboel, it means that the Boerboel is in charge
of the hunt. The Boerboel is the leader.
When a dog brings a ball, a stick or any other toy to you and you throw it away,
it means that the dog has decided to start hunting and gave you the command
to participate in the hunt. By throwing the ball, you act as an obedient
member of his pack.

SOLUTION
Teach your dogs to retrieve for you.
Buy or make whatever “toy” you want to use.
Keep the “toy” hidden in a chest or a box.
When you take the “toy” out of the box, you decide to start hunting.
Make the dog pay attention to you.
Throw the “toy.”
Make the dog bring it back to you and give it to you.
Praise the dog and hide the toy in the box.
Now you have shown that the “toy” is your prey.
It is clear that YOU started hunting and stopped it.
It is also clear that the dog does what you want her to do.
In the end you keep the “toy”, which means that YOU keep the prey.
And you will eat it. Well, it is gone isn’t it? So, the dog can think you have eaten it.
During this exercise you have confirmed your position as pack leader.
Repeat the exercise for the rest of your life.

WARNING
Never allow a pup or a young dog to play bite with you. It might lead to an
adult dog biting her owners.

Licking
Licking or sitting in front of you and barking, whining, staring, pushing the nose
against your leg, putting its head on your knee (fill in the rest…) means that
your dog wants your attention.
There are many well publicized cases where dogs saved the lives of their
owners by getting their attention because they smelled there was a fire.
We are not talking about these exceptional cases here.
We are talking about dog owners who think that “their dogs are too old to learn”.
We are talking here about dog owners who unknowingly behave as very obedient
members of a canine pack.

SOLUTION
These owners must train themselves in ignoring their dogs, each time they are licking, etc…
These owners must train themselves in getting their dogs to pay attention
whenever THEY want it.
Jaco, you have to do the opposite of what you are doing now.

Bath
I’ve had Labradors all my life.
I never bathed them.
The idea of bathing your dog with a shampoo is an idea promoted by
marketing departments of pharmaceutical companies.
Returning from a long walk my Lab can be full of mud. It means that she has enjoyed the walk (=hunt). I rinse her with clear water of the garden house and dry her with a towel. Finished.
Bathing a dog with a shampoo is something we only do if the dog is
suffering from a skin allergy.
To prevent skin allergies, and many other health-related problems, feed your dog a healthy natural food, without flavourants, without colouring agents, without derivatives, in short without chemicals.

Conclusion
When there is a lack of understanding between dogs and owners the dogs are never guilty.
They are dogs.
They are not human beings.
Dogs never lie, never pretend and never cheat.
We do.
Dogs are always honest.
They are dogs.
They are my teachers.
It is very rewarding for all of us to start understanding the behavior of our
dogs.
When you educate your dogs you will discover that “bad” dogs do not exist.
You will discover how beautiful it is to live in harmony with them.
They will teach you how to live in harmony with nature, with Spirit and
with yourself.

Jaco, I wish you lots of success.

Bruno’s questionnaire
(completed by Jaco and send back to me)

1. Have you had dogs before or are these two your first ones?
Yes these are my first two dogs

2. How is your family composed? How many children (their age), husband, wife, other members of the family?
Son 9 years, Daughter 18 years, Wife 42, myself 44

3. Where do you live? In a townhouse without a garden, in a flat, on a smallholding with a big garden or on a farm?
Smallholding with big Garden ± 7000 m²

4. Are your dogs males or females.
Labby – Female and Boerboel – male

5. I need to know which dog is the dominant dog?
The Labby

6. Are you working from home or are the dogs always alone at home?
They are alone during the day

7. Have you moved house since you got the dogs?
No

8. How do you say goodbye to your dogs when you leave the house and how do you hello to them when you come back home?
Sometimes we just go without saying goodbye or say goodbye and rub their heads. We just say hallo not trying to make a fuss because they jump on us and then I say “stop it” (loud). My wife stands it and says hallo, hallo. The children don’t like it at all.

9. How, when, where and how frequently are you feeding your dogs?
During the day they eat dog food and in the evening they eat porridge (maise meel) with meat scraps or chicken heads or claws. Each has got its own bowl and we feed them separate because the Labby attacks the Boerboel and eats his food then hers if we don’t watch (my wife feeds them most of the time)

10. What are you feeding your dogs?
Dog food or Porridge

11. Where do they sleep?
In the winter in the garage on their blankets, and in the summer in the Lapa on their blankets

12. Are they allowed access to the whole house?
No, I don’t like it but sometimes my wife allows it.

13. Are there many toys lying on the floor and/or in the garden?
Nothing

14. How are you playing with them?
Throw sometimes a ball for them, but we are guilty of not playing much with them.

15. Are you walking them every day outside?
No

16. Are you walking them off leash or on a leash?
No leash and we don’t walk with them, because I can not handle them if they would take off.

17. Do they pull on the leash?
Never used one. Do not even have one.

18. Whenever you go through a door or a small passage with them, who is first, you or the dogs?
The dog is always in front

19. When you go down a staircase who is first, you or the dogs?
Dogs in front.

20. When you climb a staircase who is first, you or the dogs?

21. Do you give them titbits from your plate when you are eating?
Sometimes, because they sit and wait for that something special.

22. Are they allowed to lie on sofas and/or easy chairs?
No

23. Do you walk around them or do you step over them when they lie on the floor?
Step over

24. How old are you?
44

25. Are you a woman or a man?
Man

26. Are you in good physical condition or are you using a wheelchair?
Good physical condition (can not run, legs are damaged)

27. What do your dogs do when someone rings the bell at your front door or front gate?
Bark

28. What do your dogs do when visitors enter your home?

Happy to see them. Jump on them as well as their cars

29. Do they accompany you in your car?
No

30. How do they behave in the car?

Do not know.

31. Do they come to you when you call them.
Yes the Labby but the Boerboel not always

32. What are the commands you use?
Call their names – Lizzy is the Labby and Boella. Our Languge is Afrikaans but we command out, come here, sit, go away (if they don’t listen I raise my voice).

33. How many times do you have to repeat a command before they do what you want them to do?
Many times.

34. Can you make them sit, lie down or wait when you want it?
The Labby sits when we say sit and she gives the paw for something but that is all, but Boella ag no that is hopeless!

35. Have you been to a dog training school?
No

36. Have you consulted a specialist in canine behaviour?
No

37. How do your dogs behave with visitors?

38. How do your dogs behave with children?

39. How do your dogs behave with other dogs?
Friendly.

40. Are your dogs simply pets or do you want them to be guard dogs, tracking dogs, etc…?
Lizzy a pet but Boella I think a guard dog.

41. Have you done man work with your dogs?
No

42. Do you play “tug-of-war” with your dogs?
No

43. Who wins the game of “tug-of-war”?
Do not know

44. Do your dogs retrieve toys for you?
Lizzy yes but Boella wants to run and you must chase

45. Where do you keep their toys?
There are no toys

46. Where are your dogs when you prepare their food?
Sit outside the back door by the kitchen and wait for it.

47. Do you always leave a filled bowl of food on the floor and can they eat when they want?
Yes during the day

48. What do you do when they push their noses against you?
Rub the heads

49. How do you react when they are barking at the fence?
Call them at their names

50. Can you take your dogs for a walk to a park, a market or a shopping centre?
No ways

51. Did you buy the dogs as pups?
Lizzy yes but Boella was 6 months, took him from other people that abused him.

52. What was their age when you bought them?
Lizzy 6 weeks, Boella 6 months

53. Did you buy them in a shop, on a market, from a neighbour, from friends, from a member of your family, from a breeder, from a rescue centre or did you find them in the street?
Lizzy from a breeder
54. Which dog came first or did you buy them both together?
Lizzy first

55. Do your dogs fight each other?
No, they are great friends.

56. Have your dogs ever bitten each other?
57. Have your dogs ever bitten you?
58. Have your dogs ever bitten anyone else?
No No No

59. Do your dogs growl when you come close to their bowl while they are eating?
Boella definitely, Lizzy not.

60. Have you ever attended agility classes?
No

61. Are your dogs afraid of something?
Boella, for a hiding with something, and Lizzy as well

62. What do you do when they are afraid?
I shall cuddle them.

63. Are your dogs in good health?
Yes, very good – Lizzy is a bit off because she had 8 puppies 3 weeks ago but we attend to it

64. When did you last go to the vet with them and for what reason?
Not long ago – for their vaccinations

65. Have your dogs any allergies?
No

66. Have your dogs regular and normal bowl movements?
Yes

67. Do you treat your dogs like human beings?
Sort of.

66. Has the composition of your family changed recently?
Yes the children will visit just on weekends

67. What do you do when your dogs bark at you?
68. Do they bark when you are out?
69. Do your dogs always follow you everywhere when you are at home?
No

70. Do your dogs dig holes in the garden?
Sometimes

71. Do your dogs destroy furniture, carpets, walls, curtains, shoes, clothes, laundry or doors?
No but I think they will.

72. Do your dogs chase cars, motor cycles, bicycles or running children?
Yes Boella do.

73. Have your dogs been castrated and/or spayed?
No, but I want to take them

74. If so at what age have they been operated?

75. Do you put your dogs on a chain or do they have the free run of the house and then garden?
No, they have free space

76. Do you feed them chocolate?
77. Are your dogs on any kind of drug?
78. Do your dogs always wear a collar?
No No No

79. If so, what kind of collar are they wearing?

80. How do you punish your dogs?
Give them a bear hand smack at the bud

81. How do you exercise your dogs?
They run around

82. Do you have eye contact with your dogs?
Most of the time

83. If so, who backs down first?
The dog

84. Have they ever eaten their own droppings?
No

85. How many times per week, per month do you groom your dogs?
In the summer every week when she has had a bath but Boella is now only two months with us.

87. Do they wait and stand still when you groom them or do you have to tie them up?
You must try to lay her down.

88. How do your dogs behave when they can hear gun shots, thunder or the noise of a big truck/tractor?

89. Have you seen the parents of your dogs and what was their behaviour?
90. Have your dogs pedigree papers?
91. Are your dogs howling when left alone?
No No No No
92. Are your dogs jumping up at you, at children, at visitors?

93. Do your dogs sleep in a kennel or in the house?
Kennel – covered underneath a braai build out of bricks.

94. Do your dogs lick you frequently?
YES

95. If they do that, how do you react?
No don’t do

96. Have your dogs ever mated?
No

97. Do your dogs mount your legs, a child, each other or a cushion?
No

98. If they do that, how do you react?

99. Do they wear a muzzle at home or when you take them outside?
No

100. Are your dogs overweight?
No

101 Are your dogs house trained or do they do their necessities in the house?
Stay outside

102. How do you praise your dogs?
With a cookie, or bread

103. What are the names of your dogs?
Lizzy, Boella

104. How do you use the names of your dogs when giving commands?
Normal

105. Do your dogs eat before or after your meals?
Before

106. Do your dogs eat their own food in one go or do they leave the bowl several times and go on eating later?
In one go

107. Do your dogs eat slow or fast?
In one go

108. Which dog finishes his bowl first and what does he/she do then?
Lizzy first then off to Boellas bowl attack him and polish his Bowl too.

109. What are your dogs’ favourite games?
BALL

110. Do dogs mouth you and play bite with you?
YES

111. Are your dogs shy of strangers?
NO

112. Have your dogs ever vomited in the car?
NO

113. Do your dogs “steal” things from you?
YES

114. Are your dogs chasing their own tails?
NO

115. What is the most magnificent thing you have been able to do with your dogs?
Nothing – maybe bath

116. Did you ever have an accident with your dogs?
NO

117. What is the most horrible thing that ever happened with your dogs?
NOTHING

118. Do your dogs urinate in the house?
NO

119. Do your dogs have any other problems?
NO

120. Do you have any other information to give me?
The most irritating thing is that they jump on us and against the cars when we arrive at home – why?

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I am always willing to help you but I will not be able to do it when you send me an email message like “I am in trouble with my dogs, please help”.
I need as much information as you are willing to help me.
When I visit a client’s home I can very easily see how the dog owner is communicating with her/his dog.
When you want me to work for you without having seen you and your dogs it helps me a lot if you fill out the following questionnaire.

1. Have you had dogs before or are these two your first ones?

2. How is your family composed? How many children (their age), husband, wife, other members of the family?

3. Where do you live? In a townhouse without a garden, in a flat, on a small holding with a big garden or on a farm?

4. I need to know if the dogs are males or females.

5. I need to know which dog is the dominant dog?

6. Are you working from home or are the dogs always alone at home?

7. Have you moved house since you got the dogs?

8. How do you say goodbye to your dogs when you leave the house and how do you hello to them when you come back home?

9. How, when, where and how frequently are you feeding your dogs?

10. What are you feeding your dogs?

11. Where do they sleep?

12. Are they allowed access to the whole house?

13. Are there many toys lying on the floor and/or in the garden?

14. How are you playing with them?

15. Are you walking them every day outside?

16. Are you walking them off leash or on a leash?

17. Do they pull on the leash?

18. Whenever you go through a door or a small passage with them, who is first, you or the dogs?

19. When you go down a staircase who is first, you or the dogs?

20. When you climb a staircase who is first, you or the dogs?

21. Do you give them titbits from your plate when you are eating?

22. Are they allowed to lie on sofas and/or easy chairs?

23. Do you walk around them or do you step over them when they lie on the floor?

24. How old are you?

25. Are you a woman or a man?

26. Are you in good physical condition or are you using a wheelchair?

27. What do your dogs do when someone rings the bell at your front door or front gate?

28. What do your dogs do when visitors enter your home?

29. Do they accompany you in your car?

30. How do they behave in the car?

31. Do they come to you when you call them.

32. What are the commands you use?

33. How many times do you have to repeat a command before they do what you want them to do?

34. Can you make them sit, lie down or wait when you want it?

35. Have you been to a dog training school?

36. Have you consulted a specialist in canine behaviour?

37. How do your dogs behave with visitors?

38. How do your dogs behave with children?

39. How do your dogs behave with other dogs?

40. Are your dogs simply pets or do you want them to be guard dogs, tracking dogs, etc…?

41. Have you done man work with your dogs?

42. Do you play “tug-of-war” with your dogs?

43. Who wins the game of “tug-of-war”?

44. Do your dogs retrieve toys for you?

45. Where do you keep their toys?

46. Where are your dogs when you prepare their food?

47. Do you always leave a filled bowl of food on the floor and can they eat when they want?

48. What do you do when they push their noses against you?

49. How do you react when they are barking at the fence?

50. Can you take your dogs for a walk to a park, a market or a shopping centre?

51. Did you buy the dogs as pups?

52. What was their age when you bought them?

53. Did you buy them in a shop, on a market, from a neighbour, from friends, from a member of your family, from a breeder, from a rescue centre or did you find them in the street?

54. Which dog came first or did you buy them both together?

55. Do your dogs fight each other?

56. Have your dogs ever bitten each other?

57. Have your dogs ever bitten you?

58. Have your dogs ever bitten anyone else?

59. Do your dogs growl when you come close to their bowl while they are eating?

60. Have you ever attended agility classes?

61. Are your dogs afraid of something?

62. What do you do when they are afraid?

63. Are your dogs in good health?

64. When did you last go to the vet with them and for what reason?

65. Have your dogs any allergies?

66. Have your dogs regular and normal bowl movements?

67. Do you treat your dogs like human beings?

66. Has the composition of your family changed recently?

67. What do you do when your dogs bark at you?

68. Do they bark when you are out?

69. Do your dogs always follow you everywhere when you are at home?

70. Do your dogs dig holes in the garden?

71. Do your dogs destroy furniture, carpets, walls, curtains, shoes, clothes, laundry or doors?

72. Do your dogs chase cars, motor cycles, bicycles or running children?

73. Have your dogs been castrated and/or spayed?

74. If so at what age have they been operated?

75. Do you put your dogs on a chain or do they have the free run of the house and then garden?

76. Do you feed them chocolate?

77. Are your dogs on any kind of drug?

78. Do your dogs always wear a collar?

79. If so, what kind of collar are they wearing?

80. How do you punish your dogs?

81. How do you exercise your dogs?

82. Do you have eye contact with your dogs?

83. If so, who backs down first?

84. Have they ever eaten their own droppings?

85. How many times per week, per month do you groom your dogs?

87. Do they wait and stand still when you groom them or do you have to tie them up?

88. How do your dogs behave when they can hear gun shots, thunder or the noise of a big truck/tractor?

89. Have you seen the parents of your dogs and what was their behaviour?

90. Have your dogs pedigree papers?

91. Are your dogs howling when left alone?

92. Are your dogs jumping up at you, at children, at visitors?

93. Do your dogs sleep in a kennel or in the house?

94. Do your dogs lick you frequently?

95. If they do that, how do you react?

96. Have your dogs ever mated?

97. Do your dogs mount your legs, a child, each other or a cushion?

98. If they do that, how do you react?

99. Do they wear a muzzle at home or when you take them outside?

100. Are your dogs overweight?

101 Are your dogs house trained or do they do their necessities in the house?

102. How do you praise your dogs?

103. What are the names of your dogs?

104. How do you use the names of your dogs when giving commands?

105. Do your dogs eat before or after your meals?

106. Do your dogs eat their own food in one go or do they leave the bowl several times and go on eating later?

107. Do your dogs eat slow or fast?

108. Which dog finishes his bowl first and what does he/she do then?

109. What are your dogs’ favourite games?

110. Do dogs mouth you and play bite with you?

111. Are your dogs shy of strangers?

112. Have your dogs ever vomited in the car?

113. Do your dogs “steal” things from you?

114. Are your dogs chasing their own tails?

115. What is the most magnificent thing you have been able to do with your dogs?

116. Did you ever have an accident with your dogs?

117. What is the most horrible thing that ever happened with your dogs?

118. Do your dogs urinate in the house?

119. Do your dogs have any other problems?

120. Do you have any other information to give me?

When you complete the questionnaire and email it to me I will respond to it as soon as possible.

KINDEST REGARDS

Bruno the dog listener
Well-educated dogs are obedient dogs.
Obedient dogs are happy dogs.
Happy dogs have happy owners.

info@brunodogs.com

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Faizel wrote to me on 18.08.07

Hi there,
I have a 8 week old golden labrador retriever. Acquired hime for my autistic sons. Need to train him to do the basics, ie. behave when feeding time, walk on a leash, obey simple instructions, guide my son across the road, etc. Can you help pls?

Hi Faizel,

Thanks for your rather short message.
My first dog was a Labrador too and today another Golden Labrador is a beautiful member of my pack.
Congratulations with your pup. As you speak of “him” I suppose he is a male. A Labrador pup is very easy to educate. As soon as he is educated you can start training him. Education means most of all that he has to know very clearly who is in charge of the pack. For him “the pack” means the whole family.
More information….. It is not clear to me if you have 2 sons or one nor if there is a husband in the pack. I do not know if there are other dogs/animals in your home. I have not seen you, nor the dog. I have not seen how you communicate with your dog. I do not know if you have a garden or not. I do not know if this is your first dog or if you have had dogs all your life.
I would love to get some more information from you.
I can only imagine a situation and send you an answer based upon my experience with other clients.
Here we go.

Rules of the pack
Every member of your family has to respect the rules of the canine pack. If you do not know these rules please let me know. Everyone has to keep this rule in mind: What would the pup’s mother do in any given circumstance? If I where the pup’s mother what would I do? Do not think like a human being. Think like a dog. Look at the world from the pup’s point of view. He was kidnapped by strange dogs with only 2 legs and no hair on their skin (us). He was taken away from his mother, his brothers and sisters and put into a completely strange environment. He could clearly understand everything his mother did and said. He could clearly everything his brothers and sisters did and said, but does not understand English. He does not understand our human way of thinking. He never will. But you can learn his way of talking with his voice and his body language. If you understand your dog, life for both of you will be beautiful. If you do not understand your dog, life for both of you will be miserable. In the USA 8 million dogs are being put to sleep because of behavioural problems every year. I mean because of behavioural problems of the owners. Bad dogs do not exist. Misunderstandings between dogs and owners exist all over the world.

NEVER BE ANGRY. If you think he does something “wrong” it is because he doesn’t know what to do as he has not been shown what and how to do it. Right and wrong does not exist in nature. It is a human invention. Therefore a dog cannot do anything wrong. He might show behaviour we do not like. Oh, yes, I agree. If we do not want him to do certain things, we have to teach him what we want from him. Right? Education is not negative. It is not a set of rules indicating what is forbidden. Education is showing the dog what we want, how we want it, when we want it, where we want it. Just like his mother would have done if we had not kidnapped him.

NEVER PUNISH YOUR DOG His mother has never punished him. She has educated him and corrected him. We must do the same. We must take on the role played by the canine mother.

NEVER BEAT YOUR DOG. Beating a dog means that the human being makes no effort to understand the dog. The dog will lose its confidence and turn into an anxious, scared and unhappy animal.
Examples:

Droppings Keep a close eye on the behaviour of your pup as far as droppings and wee-wee is concerned. For example, he could be sniffing the floor after playing, eating or sleeping. When you see him do it, call him and show him the spot where he is allowed to do his business. His mother would have done the same. For a dog it is natural not to soil the nest, because it would attract predators. Mother keeps the nest (the den, or the cave) clean because that is one way of protecting her children against predators. If a pup is soiling the floor inside the house, it is never his fault. Never punish him for it but show him where you want him to do his business.

Eating What do you mean with “behave when feeding time”? If we behave like a pack leader, the dog will recognize the behaviour and act accordingly. You feed your pup 4 times a day until he is 6 months old. Between 6 months and 12 months you feed him 3 times a day. As soon as he has reached the age of 12 months, you feed him twice a day. When he will be older than 6 years, you feed him again 3 times a day. Having filled his bowl with natural, organic puppy food without chemicals, preservatives, colouring agents, taste enhancers and other industrial offal you will eat something while the dog is watching you. What you put into your mouth does not matter. He will see that you, the pack leader, you eat FIRST. That is your prerogative as pack leader. You will wait until he sits on his bum, make him stay in that position, put the bowl on the floor, make him wait for your signal and make him come to the bowl. As soon as he starts eating, walk away and leave him in peace. But keep on observing him because you want to know how he is eating. If do not know how to do that, I can teach you. As soon as he walks away from the bowl pick it up, wash it and put it away. OR As soon as he has finished eating, take away the bowl, even if it is not empty, wash it and put it away. Do not leave a bowl filled with food on the floor. His mother decided also when she allowed him to drink from her milk and when not. Always leave a bowl with fresh water on the floor.

Walking. Before you think of walking your dog on the leash, make him walk with you without the leash. Make him pay attention to you by calling his name and giving a command like “come”. If he is not coming, walk or even run away from him. I am sure he will come. If he is begging for your attention, ignore him until he backs off and then call him and praise him for coming to you. Teach him to follow you, eventually with a goodie or a toy in your left hand. Make him follow you at your left side. Start walking with your left foot first, praise him for following you, stop, make him sit with the hand movement and praise him for stopping and sitting. When walking turn left, turn right, stop, start, walk slow, walk fast. Make it exciting to follow you. As exciting as it would have been for him to play with his brothers and sisters. If he can follow you in your home, in your garden, without the use of a leash, only then, only then, put on a leash. Only then he will follow you and your leash will be slack. If you do not do that, walking on the leash will turn out to be a pulling contest and…..he will win. If a dog is pulling on the leash he is walking his owner. The owner is not walking the dog. Start or re-start all over again at home, with no distractions, off the leash like I described. Then, and only then, re-start walking him on the leash.

Simple instructions You write about “Obey “simple” instructions.” We have to make sure that all our instructions are simple. How do we do that. We first call the dogs name, followed by a clear command. Example 1 : You say for instance: Bobby, Come. Example 2: You do not say: Come on boy we are going for a walk, Well what did I say?” Don’t you listen? Bobby, I told you to come! BOBBYYYYYYYYY!
In the first example you use his name to get his attention. If he is not paying attention to his name, something has gone wrong. You might have been using his name too many times in vain. As soon as the dog is paying attention to you, by turning his head and looking at you, you can call him. Call him with a clear “Come” and inviting body language.
In the second example, what you are saying is totally unclear for the dog. But what he hears is frustration in the tone of your voice. His natural reaction will be to run away from the frustrated human being with the angry voice. His mother has always called him with clear body language and clear signals. He always understood her. Do the same as what his mother did. If your command is clear, if your communication is clear, the dog will understand. If you are unclear, even I cannot understand you. If I would continue writing in French, in German, in Japanese or in Spanish you would not understand me. If I write in clear English you will. Because we both speak the same language and we know the significance of the English words. Although I must say that I do not believe it when someone says “I will call you”, or, “The check is in the mail”. You know what I mean. The same goes for the communication between you and your dog. Be clear in whatever you do and always praise the dog for whatever he does for you. Coming to you, following you, accompanying you, paying attention to you must always be a very pleasant thing to do for your dog.

guide my son across the road
To guide your son across the road can be achieved by training your dog, by teaching your son how to handle the dog and by showing both how to work together. This kind of training becomes easy when your dog has been properly educated. If the communication system you develop between yourself, the other members of the family and the dog, is clear for everyone, training the dog for a specific task becomes possible. If your communication system with the dog is unclear, forget about training him. It is not possible to train any dog (or child, or adult) if the dog (or child, or adult) does not understand you.

You will find more information about pups in the articles on www.brunodogs.com.

I would love to get some feed back from you.

Kindest regards

Bruno the dog listener
Well-educated dogs are obedient dogs.
Obedient dogs are happy dogs.
Happy dogs have happy owners.

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Last week I did send you a copy of the letter I received from Scotty who was writing about his eco-village.
Cathrin in South Africa read about Scotty and this is a copy of what she wrote to me:

Dear Bruno,

This is now for a while that I read your letters. It has a great impact on my inner self – as I find so many things around us to be so “plastic”!
Most of the time, one do not have the guts to do what Scotty does… How I long to have his guts! I personally have started to paint again and hope this will bring new beginnings. A book that inspired me recently, is titled “The Secret”  What stands out is that we must have the courage to believe in ourselves and do all things positively…. Not always so easy..

Thank you again for you

Keep well
CATHRIN

Dearest Cathrin,

Thank you for your inspiring message.

Yes plastic is a word that can be used as a charateristic description for many things that happen in the outside world, but also in our relationship with ourselves and our fellow human beings. Plastic then means for me something artificial.

As a doglistener, having worked for 17 years with dog owners and their dogs, it took me a long time to discover that dogs are amongst my best teachers.
They never judge, moan, criticize, blame, pretend or condemn. We do it all the time.
Dogs live in the now.
They do not live in the past nor do they worry about the future.
This is exactly what Eckhart Tolle talks about in his books “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”.

I do not want to talk about what you “should” do.

Remember what I wrote about the inner or outside dictator who dictates us what we “should” do, but not do.
I’ll write about something else.

There is the native American saying that if you want to know your neighbour you have to walk at least two miles in his/her mocassins.
So, I am going to walk in your mocassins and listen to what you wrote untill your words make me feel something.

What do I feel when I read what you wrote?
You wrote : How I long to have Scotty’s guts!

I listen to what I feel when I read these few words and all of a sudden the solution is simple for me.
I see the following possibilities.
I can do NOW what I am longing for. I can do it this very moment while writing this message and accept the fact that I do it.
Or there is the other possibility.
I can NOT do what Scotty does, but then I have to add something. I have to add that I fully accept my decision and still live in the NOW.
If I do not fully accept my decision but go on living with a longing for another future, for another life than the one I am leading then I will suffer.
Why suffer?
Who likes to suffer?
Why fill my mind, soul and body with pain?

If I accept that NOW I do not do what Scotty does (for whatever reason), I repeat, if I fully accept that decision I will feel no longing and no pain.
I mean, I will feel no pain if I REALLY accept. Not if I pretend to accept. If I pretend to accept and lie to myself, I will feel longing and pain.
If I accept that, yes, yes,  I take the decision to do NOW what Scotty does, I will feel no longing and not suffer.
If I do accept to NOT do it now, but to do it LATER and if I accept that, then again I will feel no longing and not suffer.

But I am absolutely sure of one thing:
If I do NOT do what Scotty does, If I do NOT accept my decision and also if I do NOT accept my present life but keep on longing, I will suffer.

So, if you do NOTdo what Scotty does, but enjoy going back to painting NOW, if you enjoy your personal development NOW, then there will be no longing and no pain.
By the way: What I am longing for is to keep on writing.
I have done that NOW.

Thanks Cathrin for allowing me to walk in your mocassins.

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

Dogs are my teachers.
They are not human beings.
They live in the NOW.
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