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𝗧𝗵𝗲 🧚‍♀️𝗙𝗗𝗠 𝗮𝗻 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗴/𝘀.

I call ahead with an ETA and she makes sure that they’re away from the door and doing something great with her.

I come in the door and call out to them - and she tells me how they respond.

Especially with the pup that’s something I like to know, but we also love blowing their minds with a big dose of instant happy.

The young bloke was playing and BOLTED up onto the couch and into my arms.

Dammit, he was one happy pup!

We were both overjoyed to see each other, it was a truly lovely moment.

I got this message from the 🧚‍♀️FDM this morning, which I’ve inserted into the pic.

𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘢 𝘥𝘰𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘯 - 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘢𝘮.

Knowing that he just got on with his day when I left actually makes me happier than this greeting on my return ever could - because I know I’m building this dog towards being a strong individual that can cope with life, and all it’s eventualities.

Some folks want the opposite - but in my opinion that seems somewhat selfish.

Why would I want a dog to feel dependant on me to feel secure, and to be able to function?

I’m happy to earn my place in his life, and to outcompete other things in our environment.

If you’re trying to achieve these same goals, then be sure to check out @the.stim.podcasts with @dr.michellerassool and myself.

Our series on Working Backwards To Raise Your Puppy has achieved a ton of praise from listeners - dog owners and trainers alike - and we deep dive on this topic and more.

💡 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 - 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱?


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👎Impossible. Won’t happen. Can’t be done.

💡 It is important to understand that any fancy heel work you see adult dogs doing on social media almost certainly started in a similar fashion to what you see in this video.

🔭 Many folks view dog training through the lens of 45-60min sessions that take place at a local club, surrounded by other dogs.

💭 I appreciate that this is a very different perspective for those folks to consider, let alone adopt.

📹 This whole training session was about 6:30min from start to finish, but what you see here is the heelwork component in its entirety.

👓 For those with the ‘dog club lens’ this may seem grossly inadequate - lacking in both sufficient repetitions and duration.

🔎 I make these choices about how I work with Dammit because I understand my 10wk old pup can only offer his best for a very brief period, and can only remain ravenously hungry for a finite period of time.

💪Nothing about this clip is perfect, except for the attitude Dammit displays towards his work.

⚡️I want all his desire to be poured into this work - so the session must be short, interesting and thoroughly engaging for him.

✅In this way I develop the ability to outcompete our environment, and I create a dog that is gagging for the chance to ‘do activities’ with me. #stepbrothers

🚫As my dog approaches adulthood I don’t want to have to sing and dance to excite him to perform, so I do this work, in this way, early and often.

🧠Knowing what I want long term dictates how and why I work the way I do with Dammit as a puppy.

🙌If you want more from your adult dog then you’ll need to do the same - and if you’re not sure where to start then perhaps it’s time to up your training game and work with a professional that can help you realise your aim.

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💡 𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝘂𝗽𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 - 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝗽𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗴𝘀.

💪 For this reason, dogs like Kana are a true gift - they allow a pup to be strong and outgoing, playful - but they also know just how to show a pup that he’s a little guy and needs to moderate certain behaviour/s at times.

🤷‍♂️ Just remember though - choosing these dogs as ‘role models’ can work for better, or worse…so do your homework and choose wisely.

🎙 As discussed on @the.stim.podcast, these canine friendships are invaluable for a young dog.

🤚 The skills we intend to rely upon later - we teach these.

✅ From a recall to a simple sit, to detection skills, to spirited heel work and beyond - all that is on us as the humans stewarding that pup through life and into adulthood.

✅ Likewise with exposure work, and developing the pups independence.

🤷‍♂️A great people enjoy having multiple dog households, but not so many invest the necessary time to develop their pups towards being their individual best selves.

⚠️𝗠𝘆𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳, 𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘀𝗼.

💭Think of all the most functional relationships between humans that you know - independent people that choose to have a friendship.

🧠 We know codependency in human relationship holds some significant concerns into the long term - and yet so many dog owners 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 to overlook this.

🚫𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲.

🦶Get on the front edit from day dot.

🐕 You’ll avoid 𝗦𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗬 downstream issues, and should any pop up then your dog and yourself will be in the very best position to deal with them more effectively.

💸This means you’ll probably avoid needing to work with a pro like myself, trying to play catch-up because of things overlooked, or work never done.

🔚End thing.


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✂️ 𝗖𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗴 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲 - 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 - 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁.

Last minute haircuts that will rely on somebody unknown to you having mastered the *complex set of skills required to do a skin fade are always going to be a little hit and miss.

Beard trims - even more so.

Knowing this I rolled the dice after asking this very sweet young woman how comfortable she was as a pro with both.

𝗡𝗲𝗸 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘁.

She was too nice for me to even say anything to - but I think she knew she phoned this one in because I never got charged for the beard trim and I got a discount on the haircut.

Thankfully my head is fairly rough anyways so it may not show.

* 𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹

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