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Weight Pull Adventures!!!!!

After attending one of our Weight Pull workshops Ashley and Mike Majetic, out of Paul Anthony’s A & B Canine, attended their first real weight pull!!!!!

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They pulled for the W3PO organization. And, even though it was their first one……. Their dog Mya took 2nd place in her weight. And qualified for their national level competition with a pull of 1,628lbs!!!!

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This was all based on what they learned at our workshop. And through our coaching from a distance!

Keep your eyes peeled. These guys are putting together their own weight pull club. It will be a great one.

And Mya……. That little dog will be a champion soon!

Just hide and watch.

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“Useful” Stress

This was posted on Facebook by The Naughty Dogge.

One of the best things I’ve seen! Had to Share:

“As I look around at the kid’s soccer games where no team wins, I wonder what this result will look like in adults. Then I realize I know.

The stress that comes with not-winning is what builds character; though that stress will also come from being benched for most of the game, or not scoring enough goals. Which is a good thing, because this stress is what gives us strength, determination, a desire to work harder, and a mental toughness. And as I raise the most perfect Border Collie ever born and continue to enjoy coasting in mediocrity, one of my mentors forces me to remember this.

Pippa used to struggle immensely with being told “No”. However, this is still a necessary word in her life, to keep her perfect. She cannot be a powerful bitch if someone disagreeing with her sends her on a 48 hour sobbing fest. To teach her how to grow beyond this, she has had a series of ‘lessons’ strategically set up to put her under pressure, then let her win.

Last week was another. It was ‘sit means sit even if you don’t want to’. As she leapt out of her position with glee, she got put back where she needed to be. While this lesson was based on the ‘sit’, that is just the ingredient used to teach the lesson. The lesson is about building mental toughness, determination and strength. By fixing her sit she underwent the same emotions as loosing a soccer game, and learned to work through them.

This is such a difficult concept to put into words, but I think parents with well adjusted children will know what I mean. Putting a dog in bubble wrap is a necessary step in raising a dog, or child. But at some point the bubble wrap must come off, and we must teach them to deal with the stresses of life. If we do not do this, we keep them mentally weak.

A mentally weak dog is going to suffer with anxiety, with change, and lack the ability to problem solve. Their only solution to uncomfortable questions will be teeth, or running away.

So please prepare your dog for the high-school bully, for getting turned down from a job that they desperately want, for being the last picked for a team, for bouncing back when they get laid off from their job etc. Teach your dog mental resilience. Raising a wimp is the easy feel-good road. But it doesn’t feel good for them when they are outside of their comfort zone and they panic, having no clue how to problem solve.

And ultimately dog training is all about honouring the dog, even when we have to consequence them when we would rather not, in order to give them the mental resilience to have a happy, functional adult-hood.

Monique Anstee
Victoria, BC”

Building and Breaking Trust

Everyone that reads this thing regularly, knows I do a lot of training through game play.

And, not in the surface “Create a reward event to make them work” sort if way.

But, in a profound way. Almost a spiritually fulfilling way. It impacts so many different levels.

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Gives psychological fulfillment, as the activities let them express their natural drives.

And we’ve always said that it builds relationships. Builds the language we will use. Builds fluency in body language for both dog and handler. All that good stuff. I’ve always thought there was carry over into just living with your dog. Past just the “tired dog is a good dog” line.

Well, now we have a bit of proof!

In this study, they talk about how dogs develop, and LOSE, trust!

Once you read that, you will have a greater understanding of how your “Game” can effect your day to day relationship. When I coach people in play, I constantly use the common phrase “breaking trust” to tell them why not to do certain things. And, on the surface….. It could be about just the game. Like… Giving fair presentations of the toy so they can get it without clipping you. Like moving it enough that they have to “try” but not so much they feel like they “can’t”. Tugging hard enough that they are in the “fight”, and not “overwhelmed……. All that seems to be only Game related.

But this study shows that dogs can learn from how you play and do trivial activities what kind of trust you deserve.

Seems like the Clarity the dogs learn from your Game will effect them in all aspects of your relationship.

A lot of times when I work with a dog, I start with play. And I’ve always felt it wasn’t just “play”. But us really learning one another. Build trust and language, before trying to navigate sticky situations.

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Kind of cool when science tells you you’re on the right train of thought!

That’s it.

Go play with your dog!

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