I was attacked

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I was attacked!  It came from out of nowhere as attacks tend to.  I suppose the attacker has to rely on the intensity and surprise of the attack in an attempt to get the upper hand in the situation.

I was attacked by a person who has never met me before and has little to no knowledge of who I am or what I do (my work with dogs) yet they went on an extreme, vitriol-filled rant (from behind the safety of a computer screen) to the point of attacking my business, my credentials, my professionalism, and then posting fake reviews of my services and getting their two or three friends to post fake reviews too!  Apparently they think libel and defamation are OK.

And get this….the attacks came from alleged “Positive” people that use or believe so rigidly and so vehemently in their “positive only” approaches to dog training – basically “positive only” means the feeding of treats, praise, petting and the usual pumping up of the dog’s excitement in a large majority of circumstances any time the dog behaves appropriately – they believe so strongly (or blindly) that they pre-judged me and my natural CALMING and Socializing methods (which I have learned from observing how older, calm and social dogs deal with things.)  They went to every known website I have and gave horrible reviews of my services although I don’t know them from Adam and have never even worked with their dogs.  In fact they live clear across the country and in other nations!

How much of a waste of energy for them and how telling of their personality and character (or lack thereof) and how hypocritical!  Allegedly acting positive towards dogs while personally attacking humans?

I take it as a compliment.  Revolutionaries are seldom welcomed into social circles in society with open arms.  And my aim is to revolutionize the “dog training world” with better, calmer, more social methods using less bribery, and or, less harshness. This person threw around the word “Science” and “Scientifically proven” and proceeded to give links to how dolphins, hyenas, etc can be trained using treats – like anyone doesn’t already know that!?  The point is…dogs live closer to us than any other creature on earth, they are domesticated and why would I want to treat them like some dolphin that is now in captivity?  Dog deserve more credit than that.  We should be able to calmly disagree with them just like we can our own children – for their benefit!  Remember, the best scientific minds of centuries past all believed the earth was flat and they would practically burn heretics at the stake for suggesting otherwise!

True science is about actual exploration, boldness, and discovery, and the main rule is to attempt to study the subject without our human biases and understanding. No anthropomorphising!  Instead we should be reaching for new levels of understanding through the experiences and true observation.  The opposite of real science is Googling something on the internet and suddenly your an expert on the right way to dog train or just going with what is the large popular opinion.  There is nothing so free in this world as people’s opinions.

My testimonials speak much louder to my credentials, services, and character than I ever could…for more info go to http://www.gstevensdogtrainer.com

Ask yourself why would so many, many other pet professionals (dog daycare owners, kennels, vets, groomers) highly recommend me and my services if I was not the absolute best?  If you search for trainers you can find them under every rock… but why do pet professionals who work with hundreds/thousands of dogs and people almost every day…why do they recommend me again and again?  Because of the amazing results that calmness and social behavior can bring to the table.  It is far beyond bribing with treats or (on the opposite end) old-school harsh corrections.

Listen up – Dog trainers, dog behaviorists, dog whisperers, vets, groomers, daycare owners, etc……………………………….There is a huge gap in the “dog training world” today and simple internet searches will testify to this fact.  On one side there are the “Positive” method only group – who seem to really flip out with aggression and anger to anyone who does not agree with them!  I’m talking about many Entire websites set up just to Bash other forms of dog training!  On the other side I think there is a bit more common sense approaches to training but there are still many who use a leash pop correction for anything and everything – this is obviously too far gone as well.  Why not a balance folks?

IF you are going to be extreme and dogmatic over anything concerning dogs than be extremely observant.  Be extremely patient.  Be extremely honest.  Be extremely free of other people’s opinions.  Be extremely willing to learn with each and every dog.  Be extremely ready to change your routine to a better one if needed.  Be extremely relaxed.  Be extremely social.  And be extremely balanced in your methods!

 

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Crazy thoughts….

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Crazy thoughts…

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the only ones who do.”

I don’t know who said it but I like it.  For anything to take place the right way first the right thinking has to occur.  Think of your life, your job, your family, your dogs the right way and you will start acting on those thoughts.

Lord Byron’s dog is refused entrance to college

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When Lord Byron was informed his dog could not come with him to Cambridge Trinity College because there were No dogs allowed he came up with a creative retaliation.

 

Byron brought a bear instead! 

What an ingenious way to one-up somebody!

I leave you with a Byron quote…

“As long as I retain my feeling and passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.”

 

Inspiration from a guy who idealizes pirates?

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Good stuff from Bobby L. Stevenson.  I often think of this quote for my business and financial life, my personal relationships, my health and exercise, and, of course, when working with clients and their dogs.

Keep planting little seeds folks…eventually you can reap big rewards!

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Slugs do Not play. Worms do Not play.

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Dogs DO play!  Playfulness is a defining characteristic in any intelligent animal. Play enlarges the mind. Play is discovery. Play is competitive. Play is learning.  And play is fun.

When I Google searched playfulness in intelligent animals (and other searches similar)  I found page after page filled with animals…but none of the searches were about dogs!  There were, of course, countless stories and clips about dolphins, elephants, crows and whales.  Then a few pages after that you can find pigs, river otters, more stories of dolphins and whales, and even stories on the intelligence of the octopus but not a one on wolves, dogs, or other canines.  What’s up with that?

Dogs are play masters (the gods of frolic) and I know they are one of the smartest creatures on earth.  You want proof.  Here’s my proof…the dog has traded the dangers of the brutal wild, the need to scrape by on the brink of starvation, fighting and flighting just to survive, to instead, lounge next to our hearth, our couch, or on a comfy Costco dog bed!  The dog gets fed each day like clockwork, and in general has it, “made in the shade.”  Doesn’t that imply the dog is brilliant?  Haven’t they won, so to speak, when it comes to the game of survival?  Don’t dogs use us, their owners, as tools or a means to their ends?  As humans we know we are smart because we dominate the planet and we build civilization but aren’t dogs right there with us?

Don’t talk to me about the intelligence of a pig when they are still living in the cold outdoors!  (sorry to all you rabid pig fans out there!)

The dog has won.  In fact, many scientists ie: nerds who come up with theories in very specific detail and then conduct experiments and tests to try and prove said theories.  (sorry to all you rabid scientist fans out there too!) have come to the conclusion that many wolves may have actually chosen to domesticate themselves! Talk about intelligence, that is a bold and daring choice.

Imagine leaving the wild to join up with a totally different species and by hanging out with that species you eventually get to eat some of their trash and left over food scraps.

It takes all the danger out of hunting much larger animals (which wolves do on a regular basis).  Leaving the wild and being in a state of perpetual youth (the state our domestic dogs are locked in due to us breeding them for calmness, playfulness, and working abilities over the years – neoteny) obviously can add health and longevity since the average life span of a wild wolf is only 6-8 years (and many die sooner).

Let’s get back to the topic of play as pertaining to smarts.  On a personal note, most of the smartest people I know tend to play and goof around quiet often.  They are quick-witted and easily thrive in a group setting.  (I am not talking about the rare genius who lacks all social skills because his brain is so different).  I’m talking about the people who become leaders in our world.   To live and survive in a social group (pack) you have to be intelligent.  Let’s go a step further and I think you’ll see why I hold the opinion that dogs are both outrageously smart and playful.

Have you ever gone to pet a dog and they pet you back?  I think we are all familiar with this.  You reach your hand down to stroke/pat the top of the dog’s head and instead of letting it happen that dog intercepts you with it’s nose, it’s tongue, light mouthing, pawing or jumping up. This is clear canine communication.  I see it quite often in my day-to-day work with dogs.   As friendly or excited as the dog may appear to be the dog is, in that exact moment, testing the social boundaries and attempting to determine or anticipate what behavioral pattern is going to happen next and what they can and cannot get away with from the person touching them.  Many dogs intercept our touch trying to one-up us, sort of a one-sided game, forcing us to play their way with their rules concerning their body and social spacing.

Next time you pet a dog watch for who is petting who first, or who gets the last touch.  It is fascinating to watch these interactions from the dog’s point of view.  There is something much deeper happening than just a surface, “Pet me.” going on in the brain of the animal.  And I know this because most dogs left unchecked in the touching department ie: dogs that spend their lives on top of us (our laps) or jumping on us, licking us, mouthing us, et cetera, soon become masters of manipulating rituals that surround us everyday and…they manipulate us perfectly (which leads to behavioral issues).

I’m getting off track again and this is for another post but please remember your dog is brilliant.  And if they aren’t learning rudimentary sits, downs, and the like maybe you should check your mirror for who is lacking in the intellectual department because your dog has trained you and certainly not the other way round.  But I’ll cut you some slack since you are reading this blog and if you follow this blog or continue to read it soon you may be just as clever and quick as the furry animal that slobbers on your pant legs.

“So what can I do”? you ask.

Find out in my next exciting post!  Garrett’s Five Steps to Perfecting Playtime with your Pooch.  To Be Continued………………………………………………………………………

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The Secret to a Relaxed Loose Leash Walk with Your Dog

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Alpha Omega Collar

Garrett Stevens’ custom hand made collar is the ideal training collar. Strong, safe, and smooth-functioning, the Alpha Omega Collar will greatly aid in perfecting a heel or loose leash walking. The Alpha Omega Collar is the professional’s choice. They are made from military grade, 7 strand, 550 parachute cord. The collars are incredibly strong and resistant to rot, abrasions and mildew.

The Alpha Omega Collar snaps around the highest part of your dog’s neck so it makes a perfect fit for ease of control and safeguarding the trachea. The Alpha Omega Collar flows effortlessly and smoothly (there are no pounded metal links) which helps immeasurably with training a dog to keep calm and keep the leash loose. This solves the two major problems found in most training tools/collars on the market today.

Alpha Omega Collar

 

This collar will out perform Any choke chain, pinch collar, prong collar, martingale collar, flat buckle collar, gentle leader, halti, or any body harness. If your puppy or dog is over-excited, pulls, lunges, jumps, over-smells, over-marks, suffers from fear or aggression, or just needs a better heel this custom calming collar is the perfect tool for you.

Visit http://www.gstevensdogtrainer.com to order yours today!

What people are saying about The Alpha Omega Collar…

“Garrett’s collars work tremendously well for my two strong, young adult Rotties.  We saw an immediate change on our walk!  Now that they are calmer we get to take them out more often.  Thanks again.”
John B.  Lakewood, WA

“There was an instant difference after we put the collar on.  The collar functions great and makes walking our dog so much easier.”

“These (collars) are great!  They work great for controlling our two Danes!”
Michelle F.  Port Orchard, WA

“Amazing collar you’ve created!  Moose is making huge strides in just a few hours.  I’m amazed at the progress.  The insight you’ve provided us is invaluable.  We can’t wait for the next session.  The collar makes walking Moose a complete pleasure.  It allows us to put the techniques to work while seeing immediate success!  He’s obviously enjoying it.   
  Thanks,”  Alex P.  Ft. Lewis, WA

 

Questions or comments regarding the collar?  Please feel free to contact us at http://www.gstevensdogtrainer.com or through the blog.