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.

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.

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