Dogs don't drink. They don't reach for recreational drugs. And they don't live for the soaps. As a rule, dogs prefer balance to drama.
Dogs naturally live in the moment, and in that moment they are usually willing to give us a chance. They don't label us shelter workers, rescuers, veterinarians, trainers, boarding personnel, vet techs, dog walkers or pet-sitters, and they don't carry particular emotions associated with these labels. A dog only wants to know that he is safe with us, something that we can convey with the most basic of body language, starting with a simple smile.
Learning “DOG"s goal is not to teach dog obedience. It is to share the principles of simple canine common sense with people who work with multiple dogs on a daily basis so they, and their canine charges, can better communicate.
Looking to make your shelter, rescue or training/ boarding facility calmer, quieter and a nicer place to be? This handbook from the Learning "DOG" Conference can help.
Don't forget to check out Learning "DOG"s sister-book, "SMILE! and other practical life lessons your dogs can teach you (while you are training them)" at: www.givesmiles.us.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Routines, rituals and associations
Chapter 3: Energy
Chapter 4: Using movement
Chapter 5: Non-verbal communication
Chapter 6: Verbal communication
Chapter 7: Matching responses to behaviors
Chapter 8: Aggression
Chapter 9: Assessing and predicting behavior
Chapter 10: De-stressing for dogs
Chapter 11: De-stressing for people who love dogs
Chapter 12: Treadmilling for fun and rehab
Chapter 13: Case study - Ziggy
Chapter 14: Case study - Atlas
Chapter 15: Buiding a balanced pack
Chapter 16: Let's work together
Appendix 1: Learning "DOG" videos
2: New adopter take-home instructions
3: The canine KISS rules
4: Common handler errors