Boyo (dec 2019) and Ella (2009 – 2019)
Sharing life with a dog keeps you honest. They can read you all through, and there’s no way you can lie to them.
To me, the relation to a dog is the most important thing. It is more important than training your dog. It’s more important than competing or showing your dog. Without a healthy relation with your dog, you have nothing.
What interests me the most about dogs is the what’s behind the toxic debate of leadership combined with communication.
In my experience and for me personally, I very strongly believe that what works the best to create a strong relationship with a dog, is how the communication is done. My personal belief is that most people spend too much time training their dog and too little time hanging out, learning how to communicate in a way that both parties can understand.
That being said, I equally strongly believe that in communicating with a dog, one should keep it as close to their own, natural way of communicating with each other, as possible. They never chose to live with people. We chose to live with dogs. Instead of forcing our vague, emotional and irrational way of communicating on them, it’s only fair that we learn how to be as straight forward as they are.
I am not an expert, and I’m not going to pretend that I am. I am, however, interested enough, and I would love to work with dogs in one way or another.
What I would appreciate the most, is working with helping people understand that the beginning of the relationship to their dog start within themselves. If you want to train, compete, show or for that matter, work with your dog (police, military etc), no techniques will be enough for your dog to behave the way you want it to, if you don’t have the inner strength yourself.
I have an awesome idea for a project that hopefully could go on for a long time. It’s just the seed of an idea so far; I need to think about it and decide which way to go. The basic idea is to work with dogs in prison – to my knowledge, this is done in one prison, but not the way I want to do it.
I want to create some kind of fostering project, where prisoners foster dogs from either a dog rescue/shelter, or perhaps even fostering german shepherds bred by swedish defence (to be tested for military or police service).
The idea of this project is to help prisoners strengthen themselves from the inside out. From my own personal experience and journey with a dog very difficult to live with, I have learned that what really matters if one wants a dog to function properly, is having a very strong core, and simultaniously use fair methods to help the dog understand what’s expected.
I’ll keep you updated on how things work out with this idea.
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