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Dog Tricks vs. Dog Emotions and Understanding

Dog tricks require dogs to perform from a “do this and I will give you a treat” standpoint. However, some behaviors you want from your dog require they feel good about doing a perceived scary thing. For example, most dogs naturally fear standing on something that’s slick (think wood floors,) or moves under their feet. It takes more than understanding how and when to pass out a treat for dogs to feel comfortable doing what you ask of them. It requires understanding dog emotions and earning that dog’s trust.

Working with Dog Emotions

You must have a mutually trusting and respectful relationship with your dog; and that can’t happen if you’re not a firm but loving parent that provides guidance. When you watch a dog perform a trick, notice how the dogs are always looking to the human’s hand for treats, including the human trainers behind the camera. That’s how most dog tricks are taught. However, if you’ve ever had a dog with fears, you know they won’t take ANY food when they are really afraid of something. As a matter of fact, that’s how you can test just how afraid your dog is of something. If they won’t even take a high value treat when you try to get them to walk down a staircase, then they are at a very high level of fear. They are REALLY afraid of that staircase. Treats won’t work anymore. You must use your understanding of dog emotions to undue that fear.

Dogs must be respectfully and confidently guided through the scary thing in order to realize nothing bad is actually going to happen. You cannot be unsure and start to lead a dog through something he is afraid of then stop in the middle because you feel bad; or you didn’t really intend to see it through. If you start, follow all the way through, without excitement, pity or anger. This shows the dog, “See, nothing bad happened. I will only lead you into safe places.” Repeat it over and over until the dog relaxes and goes without hesitation, and then always end with big praise and an awesome treat. Treat only AFTER the fear is gone. When you lead a dog through something, and release him from his fear, his trust in you sky-rockets and his confidence soars!

Treats equal tricks…. Human understanding equals a great life for your dog!

Learn more about dog emotions with the 3 Dog Days system!

About the Author:

I’m going to expose myself to you. I’m generally a fairly private person, so this kind of mass, personal exposure causes me some discomfort. However, I’m also a very straight forward person and I don’t shy away from the truth – I’m always happy to share anything I’ve discovered with others in the hope they can also benefit. My greatest desire, my absolute passion, is to change the world for dogs; and in order to do this, I must tell you my story. My journey started, like too many others, doing my best to ride out a very dysfunctional, abusive childhood. How I survived it, how I coped, was to escape into the natural world. I spent every moment I could, observing and caring for my much-loved pets. My family and friends would later remark they rarely saw me without, a cat, dog, guinea pig, horse, goat or rat! In my teens, I became obsessed with researching and planning how I could make things better for animals and protect them from abuse. Adulthood brought a career in real estate and construction and then the gift of two fantastic sons. My focus was on raising my boys to be kind, resilient, happy young men. Through the years, though, I was rehabilitating rescue dogs one or two at a time…the more difficult the case, the more I learned. The dogs were teaching me. I was honing my techniques until I was consistently able to cure dogs and bring back a happy dog mind. Like most moms, I did push myself too hard on all fronts and stress was my constant companion – eventually leading to a decade of various health challenges. I was very busy, and out of necessity, I developed a high tolerance for pain and kept pushing myself forward. Eventually, the universe dealt me a hand that would break me and demand I sit up and take notice. The short version is I was finally diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a rare condition that delivers excruciating nerve pain in the form of “lightening strikes” in the face. I typical had around 30 strikes a day, which varied based on the number and types of incapacitating, medications prescribed to help me endure…to help me stay alive. Trigeminal neuralgia causes what is generally described as the “worst pain known to man ” and “the suicide disease.” If I tried to eat or speak, I got a strike. If I tried to brush my teeth, I got a strike. If I tried to go outside in the wind, I got a strike. I think one of the most devastating parts was not being able to cry…even crying brought a lighting bolt through my mouth. TN steals your life through extreme physical pain and starvation; and terrorizes you emotionally. After enduring it for 5 years, bedridden for the last six months, it was clear I wasn’t going to survive. The details of what happen next are extremely personal, but I was utterly aware I was living my final few days in this world. I had fought, furiously, to stay alive for my boys, but I felt the last energy from my cells slip away. I had lost my last battle. At that moment, I left most of my physical body and pierced the veil between our world and another world. I was instantaneously pain free and completely at peace; but it was not to be. How I was saved, though, is a whole other story. I will just tell you that I was not allowed to fully leave this world; while simultaneously and without my knowledge, a completely random set of circumstances and people were coming perfectly together to my rescue. By the next day, I was rushed to Pittsburgh for emergency brain surgery, preformed by gifted surgeons I had never met. I awoke from the ordeal completely cured…and with a clear directive. I was the recipient of a miracle; and I was to use this second chance to make the world a much better place for dogs. I realized I had to figure out, no matter how difficult, a way to spread this desperately needed information about the dog mind and heart everywhere! No longer was it just ok to save one dog at a time or help one family at a time. I had to make videos with clear, concise, common sense techniques and information; and get them into the hands of every dog parent. I will never stop working and advocating for dogs until my second chance time here is over. Please join me on this journey and help me spread the word!

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