Archive for January, 2012

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to announce to you that on Saturday 04.02.2012 I will start teaching a course of canine communication on the premises of DARG in Hout Bay (Cape Town).
Be quick to register because based upon experience it is best to have not more than 15 participants in one group. I repeat once more that it will not be an obedience course for dogs. What we will do is learn to behave in such a way with our dogs that they will understand us.
It is not about WHAT we say but HOW we say it. It is not about WHAT we do but HOW we do it. My assumption is that our dogs know everything about how to be a good dog and that “bad” dogs do not exist.
I will teach you how to observe your dog and how to “listen” to what she/he is saying by means of body language. The second step is learning how to clearly understand the messages your dog is sending you. Last but not least you will learn how to behave like the leader your dog would have in a canine pack.
Learning all that is not easy but it is very rewarding, as in the end, you will not only see the difference in your dog, but also in every other aspect of your life.
At least if you have the will to learn, if you refuse to go into denial, if you are persistent, patient and consistent.

Good luck and kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

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DARG – Main Road – Hout Bay – Cape Town – 28.01.2012 – 9.30 for 10.00
The charity called “DARG” ( located on Main Road in beautiful Hout Bay (Cape Town), has invited me for a talk about

“How to live in harmony with my dog”.

Having worked for decades with droves of dog lovers I came to the conclusion that the training of dogs becomes only possible when we do something else first. First and foremost we have to understand our dogs.
In order to understand our dogs we have to learn their language.
How do dogs speak? Do they speak English, or Zulu, or French, or Xhosa, or Spanish? No, they do not speak a verbal human language. But they speak something we can easily learn to understand and that something is “body language”. It is a language we speak ourselves every day without consciously noticing it. Linguists tell us that whenever we use words, we lie most of the time. To lie with words is easy. But have you ever tried to lie with your body? That is much, much more difficult. Or let’s look at it differently: With our body we speak the truth, most of the time. Now that is very interesting. It means that if we learn to read the body language of our dogs correctly it becomes very, very easy to understand them. It becomes easy because dogs always speak the truth.
As soon as we understand our dogs, we can communicate clearly with them without having to deal with misunderstandings like pulling, obsessive barking, chewing furniture… you name it.
When we can clearly communicate with our dogs, we can educate them in such a way that they accept and respect us as their pack leaders. If they accept and respect us as their leaders, we are sure they are paying attention to us when we want it. That is what we need. Ever tried to educate a dog (or a human) who ignores you?
As soon as our position of leader in the pack is clear, then and only then can we start training our dog in agility, fly-ball, nose work, man work, carting etc…
If you want to know how we do that in Hout Bay (Cape Town), I kindly invite you to come along to DARG on Main Road, at 9.30 for 10.00 on Saturday 28th of January 2012. Please call in order to reserve your seats on 021.7913903 or 021.790 2050 because we have a limited amount of chairs.
See you there.
Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

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As nature intended. Cape Town 15.01.2012

This morning we had breakfast at Tashas in Constantia Village on the Cape Peninsula. For a change I ordered toast with goat’s cheese, avocado and tomato. While eating we were talking about the possible link between our blood type and the ancient history of humankind. We know that the theory of Peter D’Adamo is not based upon what is called “scientific evidence”, but here I go with a very simplified summary.
When our oldest ancestors were still hunters and gatherers their blood group was O. But as soon as humans became nomads following their cattle on its never ending travels to new feeding grounds, the blood group A came into existence. When our ancestors, in what we now call “the Middle East”, started with a new thing called “agriculture” the blood group B was born. I do not know if author Peter D’Adamo is right with his theory but I certainly do believe that I am what I eat. Here are a few examples. If I eat bread with cheese before going to bed I definitely have a bad night. When I eat a mix of bananas with prunes and apricots during my early morning walk, I have a feeling of walking with a brick in my stomach for the major part of the day. Visiting a restaurant and having a late dinner with friends means that hereafter I will not sleep well. Let alone what drinking a few cups of coffee (or glasses of wine) would do to my system.
I also believe that, having reached 68 years of age, I can still do long walks and practice martial arts because I love locally grown organic food and have never smoked. It is my opinion that driving a very expensive car is utterly ridiculous but every day I want to have a Rolls Royce in my belly. I want the same for my dogs. I can feed them the cheap S.H.I.T. pellets manufactured by people who hate dogs and love money. Or I can feed them natural, organic food. For a few months I have prepared their fresh raw food myself. I went to the local butcher, mixed the meat with vegetables and rice and served it. But then I found a much more convenient solution, “as nature intended”.
I got to know Cheryl and Chris Davidson from Muizenberg on the Cape Peninsula. Not so long ago they started feeding their dogs and cat a natural raw food and immediately saw the difference in their pets. Talking to friends about the visible changes that occurred with their animals they soon discovered there was a market for this kind of pet food. That was the beginning of a new family owned small business “As nature intended”. To cut a short story even shorter: I do not prepare the meals for our Muensterlaender Lupa anymore. Instead I love driving down the short distance between Wynberg and Muizenberg, have a look at the ocean, feel the wind in my face, buy the pet food from Chris, have a chat with him about their growing business and then I head home after a cup of coffee in Kneads bakery. To give you an idea of the price: One meal costs us 14 Rand, which is about 1,4 Euros. Of course that does not include the price of the cup of coffee in Kneads. But don’t worry if you do not live close to Muizenberg. Chris told me he just bought a new van for deliveries throughout southern Western Cape. And who knows? This might be an idea for a new company on the Costa Blanca! More info on
Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener

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