Learning "DOG"
(conference handbook)

  "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.
   Seeking help with your own dogs or those belonging to others? Check out "SMILE! and other practical life lessons your dogs can teach you (while you are training them)" at: www.givesmiles.us.

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
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