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Thread: Why Dog Trainers will have to change their way....FYI

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    Thanks Newfsie, that was an interesting read. Though a bit to succinct to my liking so now I want to get the book!

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    I have the book..it is not an easy read, but good
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    I didn't feel he'd come up with anything particularly new or exciting and his descriptions of body language were the basics you start from. I'd be more excited if he listed the harder to spot signals. I've always thought the yarping about ALWAYS WIN IN PLAY said more about the chest thrusting inferiority of the men who came up with it, and the women who repeated it, admiringly. I do believe dogs are SO happy if they feel someone else is in charge, deciding on threats and what should or shouldn't be a worry. Who wouldn't? I'd love to have someone run this place and decide on priorities and show some discipline, while I slack off. Anyone who actually WANTS the job is a frustrated politician. (Avoid at all costs). My dogs loved that I had to decide if the visitor was dodgy. It was lovely to call me URGENT - BIT WORRYING... (on a single bark, from my defence dog/enforcer in my family). On that single bark, I dropped my 2 buckets and went straight to Jess, (cattle dog), who was classically pointing to the danger, (brown snake), waiting for me to tell her how to proceed. This I did, "Inside, NOW." and so it was. No drama. Had I indicated attack, so it would be - but I probably would have lost her and I don't wish the snake ill. Live and let live.

    I was boss, but I was lazy and slack and rarely worried about who seemed to win games - or anything unimportant. It was only important when it mattered and that was a trust issue to establish. I held power lightly and I did not botch decisions. As far as the dogs were concerned, I'd volunteered to be the permanent designated driver. Life's sweet!!! Beers up!!

    I remember a breeder of curly coats used to go on about how his senior dog challenged him, constantly, and how he was so much happier with me, when I minded him, for 3 months at a time, cos I was a woman. I remember thinking, more like that I'm not a complete nob.

    There are dogs that will step up and enjoy the prestige of leading, and so many little dogs feel they are nominated leader, and therefore decision maker, and fall to pieces, but the bossiest actually enjoy the role of 2 IC far more. All the fun and no responsibility. Any challenge and they pass it off as my decision. "Only passing on orders, buddy..."

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