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Dog Psychology 101 (5-Day Course)

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7 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Why Take This Course?

    • 2. How To Get The Most Out Of This Course

    • 3. Understanding Pack Mentality

    • 4. Dogs vs Humans – The Similarities & Differences

    • 5. The 3 Ways We Confuse Our Dogs

    • 6. The Primal Struggle

    • 7. The 3 Problem-Solving Mechanisms for Confusion

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About This Class


Embark on an adventure through the mind of a dog so you can learn how they think!

By the end of this exciting video series you will:

  • Understand your dog much better and discover how they process
  • Have actionable takeaways that can help with any confusion you and your dog may be encountering
  • Understand when and what may produce unnecessary confusion
  • Think more like the dog so you can have the best relationship possible, and appreciate them for their natural instincts and behaviors

Please be sure to download the accompanying Workbook PDF for this course in the Projects & Resources section. Here you will find ACTIONABLE STEPS to take to improve your relationship with your dog :)

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Dao of Dog


Hello, I'm Bear Heart.

I created the Dao of Dog Method: an easy to follow, understand, and apply fail-proof training system.

A huge part of my contribution the past 11 years has been to help thousands of dogs & humans have better relations. This has included helping people understand their dogs in much deeper ways, and to train together to become one cohesive pack.

When we learn more about our dogs, and how we weave with them, we get to learn much more about ourselves and how we show up in this life.

Thank you for being on this journey with me. I look forward to hearing about all the progress once you've started applying the system.

Remember to train, play and love.

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1. Why Take This Course?: blessings. This is Berhard. This is Luna se I. I've spent over 50,000 hours successfully training thousands of dogs and humans in areas ranging from behaviour modification, personal defense dogs as well a service dogs. I am so happy to be here to announce my new online dog training system that I've been cultivating for the past 10 years during my professional dog training career. What's unique about the down dog is I explained everything from the dog's perspective, and I only require a leash on calling. This creates simplicity. It gets straight to the point without confusion. In other words, I'm going to be teaching you how to become the loving Alfa or leader with your dog as well as in your own life, without the need of treats or bribes or fear tactics. Did you know that dogs and wolves are 99.8% genetically the same thing? This is important because understanding of dogs instinct, basic nature will help us understand how to connect to them much more deeply and effectively. I've dedicated my time, effort and resource is understanding and learning from dogs as well as wolves and what she'll get from this program is a much, much better way to understand your dog. From their perspective, your relationship will turn from one of possibly chaos and confusion to peace and harmony by understanding them in the way that will be going over. It'll make it that much easier for you and your dog have the most fruitful relationship, and in addition to this, the more you're going to be learning about your dog more. You're gonna learn about yourself. Let's go on that journey together. Thes. Be sure to sign up if you're feeling the calling. I'm excited to be sharing this with you and I'll be seeing you soon Train play. 2. How To Get The Most Out Of This Course: blessings. Thank you for joining me with Dow of Dog Dog Psychology 101 Let's get started and let's go over the five best practices in approaching this course number one have an open mind. We're going to be learning about the dog from the dog's perspective so we can open our mind to new possibilities. Number two, take a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes. I want you to write out what your intentions are and owning your dog being a loving leader of with your dog what you're gonna be training and why you bought this Siri's as well as going over where your commitments are going to be. How much time you want to put into this, how much effort you want to put into this and how much energy you're willing to put into this in your new relationship with your dog. Very important. Number three. The best thing that weaken Dio is take away distractions, get comfortable and continue enjoying the rest of the videos. The fourth is finding out what resonates. We've watched number 12345 and I recommend you do that in order. After that, you can come back and forth as you wish for whatever is most resonant with you in your current situation, and then find out how we can apply what the tools are and what the ways are that have been going on where the confusion may have been lying. But really take your time and figure out how we can apply. The fifth is we want to make sure that we give ourselves a dog training calendar or a check off list. I recommend this being a daily, weekly and monthly list. This is where we can put together our amount of repetitions. What our goals are, what activities will be in doing so it will help us stay much more organized, and it will help us keep ourselves accountable. And that way, if you ever thinking when my dog isn't learning, I don't know what's going wrong Here we go back to the calendar and see exactly what we put into it and what we haven't that will help us stay much more clear. I look forward to you enjoying these videos, learning from these videos and connecting to your dog that much more. I'll see you Day one blessings 3. Understanding Pack Mentality: blessings. Thank you for joining into the five day course today. We're gonna be going over his pack mentality. A pack mentality. Have you heard this before? In my 10 years of professional dog training career? It was one of the most common questions. What's pack mentality? How did my dog really think? Where do I fit into this? Those air, all extremely valid. And if we don't understand those, we will never truly understand our dogs. Luna biggest. Having multiple dogs in an area at a time creates a pack. Your family even having one dog in many family members. To the dog, That's a pack. We moved together. We eat together, we sleep together. At times, we fight together. We love together, we show affection. We show discipline, everything we do together. That's what makes a pack. And in order for the pack to feel safe and to understand, there has to be a leader, and that leader typically ends up being a dog. Humans are very catering by our basic nature. We love and console and forgive and want to make excuses. So on and so forth dogs come much more straight and at times bring that dominance much faster than what we're able to. And the dominance is really what makes the leader. It's not the biggest. It's not the strongest. It's not the most aggressive. The leader is the one who doesn't stop. The leader is the one who, when it needs to make a point, it makes the point. When one needs to be disciplined for the right reason, they do it. When the hunt is on, they go. They don't ask. They don't ask anyone to follow them. They go and everyone follows because they sense that energy. The leader. Make sure there's no confusion, and what will bring confusion is their safety. Are we protected? Is there food? Those are the three main issues, and so in a pack they get to figure that out for each other. They get to figure that out for themselves, where they're out within that hierarchy. Typically, there's going to be an Alfa male and a female, at least in a true pack. There's an Alfa male and a female. You have the Betas, you have subordinates and you have omega in our pack in our homes. Usually there's an Alfa and their subordinates and the dog takes that position. So it's our time now for us to understand how that happens, where we can eliminate confusion when we don't have confusion. We don't have a struggle. When we don't have a struggle, we don't have an imbalance. And if that's what we're going to be doing, is not having an imbalance. Well, then we have to know what their minds are thinking. And in doing so, am I safe? And can you, as the leader, keep me safe? Can you as a leader, protect me when there's a lot of distractions around and you as a leader, can you bring food to the table? Do you show me affection when appropriate? Do you show discipline when appropriate? If we could do that, we get to understand pack mentality much, much better. We can alleviate the confusion. We can alleviate the struggle. We can alleviate the imbalance that we can come to peace and harmony once again. And or maybe for the first time ever, the leader typically is the columnist one until they need to get into action. So I suggest until we meet again that where your homework will be is to make sure that we tap into ourselves, We're gonna be moving with the pack. At times there's gonna be struggles. And what do we do with this? How do we show up more is the question How do I beam or consistent as the leader? How do I bring more love to the pack? How do I bring more safety protection? The needs Dogs may want a lot of things, but there needs air. Very, very simple. Just like humans. So let's go on this journey together toe understand their mentality much more to adopt a lot of the philosophy of their mentality and how simple, simple it is. Thank you for watching today. I'm gonna be seeing you tomorrow in the next video. Have a wonderful day Train Play love as much as you can, I think. 4. Dogs vs Humans – The Similarities & Differences: today, we're gonna be talking about the differences and similarities between dogs and humans. Now you're in my home, My large. The bears done Thank you for coming back a little bit about me. I've been professionally training dogs for over 10 years. I've learned from different quote unquote Master's read lots of books, just like I'm sure a lot of other dog trainers did. And what really set me apart was being able to get in front of the amount of dogs that I did. Thousands and thousands of repetitions and thousands and thousands of dogs. And in doing so, growing and needing more land coming up on top of the mountain with the dogs sleeping outside. The past couple of years, I've slept in a teepee to be able to connect more, not only to myself, to nature, to the elements, to dogs. We all sleep outside. We sleep outside together, we train together. We live together. So for the past 10 years I've been a deep, humble student, two dogs and wolves, and I'm happy to be able to share with you what I've learned and how much we are similar. They say the dog is man's best friend. And there are reasons for that, not just to have a fun line to say, and they're also very, very big differences To start, we'll start off on similarities. Dogs as well as wolves and humans are both pack animals. We move in groups and packs, and we do that for safety. We do that for resource and protection within that pack structure. What's also similar is that we learned through physicality is and repetition touch. Tactile nous is extremely important, and how we touch is extremely important to make sure the dog feels safe to make sure that we feel safe to make sure that we feel supported and embraced. Another similarity is that it makes us feel more comfortable when we know there's a leader that we can look up to. We don't have to figure everything out by ourselves, especially at times when there's heavy distraction and confusion. The similarity is that we both are species. Both needs discipline of some sort and affection. To truly understand those physicality ease before words actually mean something. There needs to be a physical before we truly understand what I love you can possibly mean there needs to be soft touch, a sense of safety, a sense of protection. That's something that's very similar with us. It feels good when we show each other affection. It's one of the reasons why there are so many service dogs in therapy dogs that chemically in our brain. As soon as we touch the animal in a soft, gentle way, the endorphins start to flow. The serotonin starts to flow. The dopamine starts to flow. Those are the feel good chemicals with inside of us, so to be able to tap into that with each other is very special. And now let's go into differences, although we are as human beings and wolves were both living, breathing, feeling, thinking animals. But there are differences in the way that we think the first main difference is how we process. Typically at the age of 3 to 4 years old. Children start to have a process of rationalization where we can rationalize what our next movement is going to be for what we feel is going to be best. Dogs do not have that capability. They will never have that capability. They based what they do off of if it works or not. their life Experience dictates that it's extremely important because it's one of the main reasons why humans humanized Doug's because they think that they also rationalize. So as soon as we can get that out of our mind and that the dog is very simple in its nature , if something works, they'll continue doing it until it doesn't work anymore. And then one of two things happen. We either dictate what the next reaction will be in what needs to be taught or we give it it. Leave it up to them to have a different, an alternative way of doing something. They're very opportunistic in their basic nature. They will take the path of least resistance every single time were given the opportunity as humans. What different shapes between that is We typically continue to do the things that do not work over and over and over again, but we expect them to change. We accept. We expect a different result, which some people consider is the definition of craziness or insanity. Dogs don't have that they will do. It works until it doesn't work anymore, and then it will switch and how much more simple it would be if we picked up on that. Another difference is that a dog's basic nature from birth is to be dominant. And although there are different varying degrees of dominance and or submissiveness, it is very important that the basic nature of the dog is to be dominant. It is to take lead. It is to protect itself. It is to challenge when necessary. And I believe that the first peoples we're also dominant. However, over the past couple of thousands of years of breeding in different programming indoctrination and a submissive way of being that now human beings are basic, nature has turned into one of being very submissive and by meaning submissive. It is that we are very easily willing to be led, and we don't really have to expect much and being that were so submissive by our basic nature. So catering and forgiving the majority of the time, would I have found my decade of professionally training dogs and people is that it's one of the main ways that were confused. We generally I just want to be submissive, and the majority of dogs tend to take the dominant role much easier for us to understand that and to understand that from their perspective, as long as they continues to work, they will keep doing it. If it continues to work that they protect, they'll keep doing it. If it continues to work to go to the bathroom in the house, they'll keep doing it. If it continues to work to dominate, they'll keep doing it. And in return, if it works for them to become submissive, if it works for them, they will do that as well. But we have to be the ones that dictate that relationship. So the main similarities and differences recap we both move in groups and packs. We both learned from physicality is and repetition. We both need affection and or discipline. We need to feel like that. We have a place within our structure. We want to make sure that we're not confused. We're loved and showing affection to the main differences are we rationalizes human beings Well, it takes us a while to truly live in an opportunistic way of taking the path of least resistance, continuing to do and to move in the ways that work and changing the ways that don't not expecting something different, but doing the same thing. It's time for us to learn a little bit more to embrace a little bit more the way the dogs air so special, just being dogs and not humanizing them, not giving them human emotions for human reasons, in human rationale that will only confuse things. It will only bring Comore confusion and more struggle to your relationship. Dogs air so special just the way that they are. Our memories are extreme, but there's your even more. Our capabilities are extreme and so are theirs. So we'll appreciate ourselves as humans and what give us our natural capabilities and instincts and nature, and we'll do the same thing with our dog. The homework for the second video dogs versus humans is to really see and thinking, too, how and if we are humanizing our dog and how we're putting human emotions for human reasons in human rationale into anything that the dog may be doing. If that's happening, let's go ahead and pause. Let's understand where humans we think the way that we do and that it may not make sense, and that may be the first step, and understanding your dog more is to understand that maybe we don't know that much about them and in turn, and understanding ourselves more. Maybe we understand we don't know that much about ourselves. So sit with your dog. Sit, be in meditation. Being the thought process of how we can be showing up more in the very first way is is understanding in them and appreciating them for being dogs for their own instincts and their own basic natures that we will not be able to breed out of them. Dogs are dogs. The descendant of wolves. Genetically still 99.8% the same as a wolf will honor that will respect that will cherish that. And we're gonna learn so much because of that. Enjoy the homework. Enjoy the meditation. This is a wonderful exercise to go introspective and to figure out how we can understand our dogs that much more. Thank you for coming and listening to the second video. Thank you for taking one extra step in a better relationship between you and your dog, and I'll be seeing you tomorrow. Until then, train 5. The 3 Ways We Confuse Our Dogs: uh, blessings. Today's Lesson three of dog psychology. What we're gonna be talking about today is how not to confuse the dogs in the three three main ways that were confusing our dogs over thousands of clients and thousands of dogs being trained. Usually it's always some of the same reasons why there's confusion, which produces a struggle. And today, that's what we're gonna be going over number one. The first way to really confuse your dog. First and foremost is when they do something they're not supposed to. We say their name to get their attention, and then we scold them again. I'm going to repeat one of the main ways that we can confuse their dog is when we say their name Rufus and the dog looks and then we discipline. We scold. We do something where the dog understands it's not affection. And with the difference is is that with humans and with Children, we can differentiate what our name, our trigger word is and the actual scolding so to a dog. If they hear Rufus No, What starts to happen is every time Rufus gets called instead of Rufus Yeah, what should I do? What can I do, it turns into what's wrong with my name. And if you have a dog and if you if you scold them with their name and they shy up or they become submissive, that's confusing them. We want their name to be something that's utilized for positivity. How we can make this different is instead of Rufus. No, it's no. And then the dog looks at you. Rufus. Yes, you have my attention. Come, we're off. Whatever else he wanted to do, Number two, another extremely important factor to remember. If we do scold our dog or discipline, we want to make sure that we don't discipline. And then right afterwards, being that were humans and we're very catering. We want to show the animals that we're sorry and that we forgive them. So we show them affection. And in a sense, it's like giving him a smack and then giving him $100. The smack isn't going to be hard enough for them to not want $200. So if we continue to discipline and then we show affection right afterwards, they will never really know that what they did was negative or unwanted in the first place and you're canceling out your correction. Not good. We want to make sure that we give the dog the opportunity to understand the difference between affection and discipline so they don't get that confused as well. So as an example, let's say we're walking Rufus down this road and here comes another dog and Rufus starts to show signs of aggression or uncomfortable it and he starts to bark and we stop Rufus and we say, No, we're not gonna have that anymore. Attention to me immediately afterwards, as soon as Rufus stopped, I do not want to praise him. All that will show Rufus and his psychology is that whatever he did, it was okay. He just had to stop, and then he would get affection. So the action in the root cause of the problem never ever stops. Rufus just barks quicker. It's It's a little bit faster. Maybe, but it's still confused of what he was doing is wrong or not. So we have to give a whole another scenario. We have to set the situation up a whole nother time, if not 234 times. And now we walk Rufus right back past that dog in the Rufus erupts again starts to bark. We stop him again. We go back 1/3 time the third time, Rufus says. You know what? Struggling isn't working. It's much easier if I just look up to you for advice. Since you're becoming my leader, I don't have to worry about that dog anymore. That third opportunity was the opportunity where now we can come in with affection. Now we will not confuse the animal by disciplining and showing affection. Within the same scenario, we need to give ourselves more time in between to cut that amount of confusion. Number three. All too often, people say, Berhard, I tried this system. I tried this system and I tried this system and tried this system, and I tried 15 different things in three days to try to get my dog to stop doing something again. Family. This is very, very confusing for the dog. They work much easier and much more simply if we go straight and we just have more repetitions in whatever we were doing. Dogs are very intelligent. They could pick up on thousands of different ways to train them, but really, if they could talk to you. What they would say is this. Please use one and just make sure you're really consistent with what that IHS. If we do not allow the dog to have enough repetition in a specific way of doing something, it will only cause more confusion if we switch and when we switch, What if they were right about to get it? We switched right beforehand, and now they're confused, and now they have to go through a whole nother process of learning a whole different way. And at the same time we become frustrated. And if you've been one that has tried many different systems in many different ways with your dog and the dog just seems to get more confused and more confused and we're blaming our dogs, it's a good time to understand where that confusions coming from. It's coming from with inside of ourselves. We are not being repetitive enough in the same system. We are not being consistent enough for our dog, and how can we expect them to be consistent if we can't be consistent as the leader? That's not an effective leader that's not an efficient leader, and it's not a leader that they can trust. So we're going to recap what will confuse them the most one using their name as a form of discipline. We don't do that. We separate their name and no number two. If the dog does something wrong, we want to make sure that we don't discipline and show affection right afterward. And the third. Last but not least, we need to make sure that we stick with one system for a long enough period of time between 25 to 50 repetitions before we expect our dog to get it whatsoever. And then we need to have an opportunity to go another 25 to 50 repetitions when there's distractions around. So if you're thinking to yourself, why is my dog confused? It is probably due to one of those three, if not all of them. 90 plus percent of people don't catch that, and it's because as humans are human psychology, we do that with our own Children, and we get away with it because of rationalization. The child understands the difference between discipline and affection. The child understands the difference between their name and discipline. A dog won't. We'll take a moment and really feel into ourselves. Where is this happening? When is this happening? Now we have an opportunity to change it. Now we have an opportunity without any formal training, simply just from psychology alone. To understand our dogs much better, much more effectively without confusion. Enjoy This week. Enjoy Today I would start to better relationship with your daughter blessings and until tomorrow trained play. 6. The Primal Struggle: blessings. Thank you for tuning. And again, this is Day four and dog Psychology 101 Today we're going to be talking about the primal struggle in dogs by our basic nature. Human beings are very catering. We want to forgive. We want to make excuses. We want to placate. It's much easier for us to do that for dogs, their basic nature from birth. It's very easy for them to be dominant. Within that dynamic, there are times will be struggles. And as we went over in the previous video of the confusion, what will be confusing them the most? It's vitally important that we talk about this struggle. When a dog is confused, it's struggles. It will struggle first, psychologically feeling to itself. Well, I've been the leader for so long. What do I do? I can show dominance and dominance can look many ways. I conjuncture. I can make noise. I can try to pull away from the leash. I can act like I'm not listening. I can go the complete opposite way and not come back to you. I can make it hard on you because the definition of dominance is not willing to be led. And then on the flip side, if the dog becomes submissive when the struggle happens, that can look like paying more attention energetically in their body calms down. There's a big difference in submissiveness and fearfulness. Fearfulness would be doing everything in there capability to get away from you to get away from this situation. Today we're talking about the dominant and submissiveness, and in that struggle, what we're looking for is to make sure that when we get the dogs attention, that they become more submissive, more easily willing to be led. Okay, you have my attention. Now what should I do? I don't I don't know. I don't want to struggle physically, so I'll just sort of give in. The first struggle, after psychologically struggling, will be a struggle in the physical dogs. Do it with other dogs for dominance reasons, and it will also do it with humans. However, what happens is is that we assume that a dog at times will struggle with other dogs and we just have to figure it out. That's what I hear a lot and I don't agree with that because if that struggle happens to humans, that's when we say hope the dogs aggressive hope the dog needs to be euthanized. There's no trainer that can train this specific dog, because now it's showing aggression. And we have to understand that aggression is not emotional to a dog. It's a byproduct of confusion and struggle. It's like I said before they could struggle in a way of becoming submissive. Taken, struggling away, of becoming more dominant in that more dominant struggle typically equals to aggression. But it's not because they're mad at you. It's because it works. So when the aggression pops out, that's also due to being confused. It's not being a bad dog. It's not being a mean dog. They're confused of what's gonna work best to keep themselves safe. So when we take lead over our dogs, if they are the leader and they're already growling and they're already snapping at us, possibly even biting us and then you try to take over as their leader, we have to assume there will be a struggle. That struggle will pass the psych psychological aspect of it. It will go to the physical. We have to be very safe at that point, safe in our minds, safe in our body. I'm gonna teach you how to do both. But for today's video, we need to understand this. We need to understand that if our dog is showing aggression, be it with another dog or a person or a child, or do toe resource guarding. Whatever the case, maybe it stems from confusion first and that primal struggle in a dog. It will do whatever works. The fastest aggression starts to work well, that that will be the struggle that we're having to deal with. That does not mean the dog needs to be euthanized. And this is happening all too often. And over my 10 year career, thousands and thousands of dogs. When I go into the vet offices, they tell me again, Yep, we had to euthanize another one. Yep, we had to euthanize another one. People couldn't get it trained. That never has to happen. A dog never needs to lose its life due to aggression. We're due to confusion. They can all switch. We can pre program every single one of them. We just have to know we have to be able to embrace that struggle. You got to keep ourselves safe to know, to keep the dog safe to make sure that we don't add to the confusion and show aggression towards our animals. And then they won't trust us. So if they're already coming from a perspective of I'm confused and I'm struggling and now I don't think that I can trust you. The possibility of that primal struggle with you is there. This is the time where we need to stop. We need to reevaluate. We need to see that if just like in the last video, one of those three components of confusing a dog, what we're doing, how often we're doing that. And if we are into the primal struggle of the animal to take a deep breath and to understand. Okay, this is normal. All animals struggle when they're confused. And in continuing with this program, we'll understand how to make that work most effectively and efficiently where we can build the dogs confidence, make sure they're not confused. And at that point, if they're not confused, there is no struggle, which means they will always stay submissive and submissive is calm collected. What's going on? Where we going? Okay, I just gotta follow You just gotta listen to you, you seem to know what's going on. I don't That's what makes it easy for a dog and to live in a society that's we live in with . His busiest things are with his confusing. Those things are, especially if you want to take your dog into areas that air heavily populated, heavily distracted. If we want to lessen the amount of confusion we need to make sure we understand where they're being confused. And if the struggle comes, if that primal struggle comes, we need to know how to effectively and efficiently work with that fight, not to euthanize them, not to put them on puppy Prozac and fog them and make them even more confused. We can just simply work with their psychology and understand. We all struggle and we can all re program. I'm gonna teach you how to do that with your dog. This for today will conclude the primal struggle in dogs and understanding the fight. I hope we really take the necessary time to feel into this. And if we've ever had a dog before that was a showing aggression, it was possibly harmful to itself. In others, we felt that the only way that we could take care of decision was euthanization that I'm here to tell you that you did exactly what you felt was best in the moment. But now there's a new way. We don't have to do that anymore. We can keep our dogs, we can work with them and we can make sure that they don't show those tendencies any longer . We can build their confidence if there is going to be a struggle. If that primal struggle does come, we want to make sure that we understand how to push them in the way of submissiveness. Very easy going and willing to be led. Thank you again for coming into Day four. The primal struggle in dogs understanding their fight. I would forward to seeing you tomorrow. This has been a big four days. Tomorrow will be completing with fifth day. Until then, train play. I love 7. The 3 Problem-Solving Mechanisms for Confusion: Oh, let's see. Luna Berhard here. Day five. Dog Psychology 101 Look where we're at. Correct the beat. Day five is going over the three problem solving mechanisms a dog has when they're confused . What a better place to talk about it in a place where there's more distractions and just about everywhere mawr energy and dog energy to just about anywhere else you could possibly find. So there is a lot of distraction. There is a lot of confusion that happens here. And for an example. A few minutes ago, as I was walking with Luna, two dogs come up and they go to smell her and then all of a sudden start to attack her. That's confusing to a dog, especially when it's a kind dog just wants to hang out and enjoy. So when that happens, a dog has three ways to process that bacon. Number one fight. That fight could be psychological or physical. Usually the dog will only fight when they feel that their leader. But that is an option in our society. When a dog is confused and they go to immediately fighting. Usually that's because they were fearful. I didn't know what to do, and the only thing that did work was fighting. So we want to make sure we understand just why we talked about the primal fighting dogs. But just because it's an option doesn't mean is that they're turning aggressive. It means that they can fight if they think that it works. Number two is flee. They can run. They can high tail it out of there. They could put distance in between them and whatever the perceived threat is, and or energy three bacon freeze. Freezing is where the energy comes at them, and they don't know what to do. Sometimes they stand in freeze and their sphincter comes up and they get really tight. Sometimes they lay to the ground in understanding the fight, flight or freeze. What we need to understand is, is that fighting most of the time it's not gonna be the wanted behavior. Fleeing most of the time isn't going to be a proper behavior. If you're in a large area and the dog just keeps on running and running and running and freezing at times, we'll get the dog even more discipline than anything else would have. So in order for us to not be confused about this. We just need to take it for what it is for the dog. I have three options and I'll do whatever works the fastest unless they don't have to worry about it. Which, like for Luna, she didn't have to worry about it. She just had to get closer to the leader. As soon as the two dogs tried to jump on her and I told her to come, she immediately came right to me. They will do that if they feel that you are their protection. There is that fourth opportunity nobody really knows about, because the majority of time, the dogs of leaders and they feel like they have to figure it out for themselves. But that fourth opportunity is going to be to get to the leader. So it's not fighting the dog. It's not necessary fleeing the situation. It's just getting to where the strength of the Pakis and that's what the leader. So we want to make sure, especially if we're going to be having fun with our dogs and taking them into places as such, where there's lots of fun stuff happening and there's about ah fight every 5 to 10 minutes . That could be confusing for some dogs. And over all of my years Ah, professional dog training. I spent lots and lots of time in these places, but not just to let the dogs have fun to actually train them to train them in what to do when another dog attacks them to train them. What to do when another dog is chasing them and they're not letting them up to train and what to do if they do freeze that way, they don't get attacked even harder. Some clients love these places. Their dog gets to run. They don't have to expect much out of them. Seem like they're having a lot of fun, regardless of the back and forth dominant submissive struggle that happens here every single time they see an approach, another dog and then other clients say I would never go there in a 1,000,000 years. They took their dog here and their dog was attacked, and from then on they were extremely fearful. So we have to understand first and foremost how the dog processes if they're confused, fight, flight, freeze. If they're the leader, if they're follower, they'll just get to the leader. That's what I'm here to teach you. I'm here to teach you all of it. But first and foremost, let's be the leader for them, the appropriate leader. That way, when they're confused, all they have to do is look to us for advice. They don't have to try to figure everything out underneath the sun that happens in our society is expecting them to understand too much. Day five Dog psychology 101 three Problem solving mechanisms A doghouse. Thank you for listening. Thank you for being able to stay with me these five days to progress with me. Being able to understand your dog from their perspective is different. We're going to be myth busting so much out there when it comes to people that are humanizing dogs. And not for the sake of just saying that we think we know better from the sake of our dogs mean more. We need to understand them. For them. This is a huge and crucial part of that. Moving forward will be the main training course. This is where we're gonna be going over exactly how to handle your dog. This is where we're going to be going over exactly what tools to be using with your specific dog. This is when we're gonna be going over exactly how to discipline and show your dog. Affection is most effective and efficient for your specific dog, the main training courses where you're going to be formally and physically training the dog , having all that fun in action right now. And I'm looking forward to going on that journey with you. The only way we can go on that journey is if we understand that more psychologically. And that's what dog psychology one no one is all about. Without this first course, we will not understand them to the point to where we need to when we get to the main training course. Thank you for being here with me. I look forward to continuing this training together, and until then, train Wait