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Merry Christmas from Sam’s Dog Rules

24 Dec


Hello everyone,

We at Sam’s Dog rules would like to wish everyone the very best Christmas wishes and a wonderful New Year.

We hope all your mastery of dog language is progressing nicely and remember it is all a work in progress.

Don’t forget to go to our web site for those last minute purchases.

From the Team here, have a good one everyone.

Annie, Marj, Rebecca, Manda and of course Sam.

Merry Christmas and good cheer to you all.

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Social Facilitation: When Two Dogs are Better Than One

8 Sep

This is an interesting article, and I can see how it ties in well with energy rules. The energy from the second dog helps the anxious dog.

Wilde About Dogs

babies english cockerNoises from the upper floor of the house; unfamiliar people; sudden movements. Those were just a few of the things that scared Buster. The buff-colored Cocker spaniel lived with his human parents and dog-sister Betsy in a two-story condo. His owners had called for help in rehabilitating Buster so he could go through life without being chronically anxious. At our first session, he appeared to be as frightened as they’d reported. Although he was clearly food-motivated, he was afraid to approach me. Everything in his body language broadcasted a hesitancy to interact. Where, I asked his owners, was Betsy? They’d locked her away in another room so as to reduce distractions during training. I suggested we let her out. I wanted to see whether Buster’s behavior might change with her there.

To say a transformation occurred would be an understatement. As soon as Betsy entered the room, she ran over…

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Social Facilitation: When Two Dogs are Better Than One

8 Sep

This is an interesting article, and I can see how it ties in well with energy rules. The energy from the second dog helps the anxious dog.

Wilde About Dogs

babies english cockerNoises from the upper floor of the house; unfamiliar people; sudden movements. Those were just a few of the things that scared Buster. The buff-colored Cocker spaniel lived with his human parents and dog-sister Betsy in a two-story condo. His owners had called for help in rehabilitating Buster so he could go through life without being chronically anxious. At our first session, he appeared to be as frightened as they’d reported. Although he was clearly food-motivated, he was afraid to approach me. Everything in his body language broadcasted a hesitancy to interact. Where, I asked his owners, was Betsy? They’d locked her away in another room so as to reduce distractions during training. I suggested we let her out. I wanted to see whether Buster’s behavior might change with her there.

To say a transformation occurred would be an understatement. As soon as Betsy entered the room, she ran over…

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Video of Sam & Annie for our DVD fundraising

10 May

We have made a video to go with our crowd funding project.  The project starts on the 12th May, and hopefully we will be able to generate enough funding in order to put our training onto DVD so that everyone has access to it.

 

Here’s the script from the video.

Hello Everyone, I’m Annie and this is Sam, since 2011 we have
been visiting New Zealand children in primary schools teaching them
our Sam’s Dog Rules programme and have taught over 8000 children
so far. We have done this on a voluntary basis but realise the need is
greater than we expected. We have discovered that 1/3 to 3/4 of the
children in classrooms are frightened of dogs.

We teach children how to be safe around dogs and to understand
what dogs need from them in order for both children and dogs to be
safe with each other.

We teach class by class and the children get to interact with Sam and
practice what they have learnt. The results have to be seen to be
believed its truly remarkable.

In the year 2011 ACC reported over 30plus dog attacks per day and
just over 10 are children. Given our laws a large number of these
dogs will have been put down, not to forget the injuries that the
children suffer.

Dogs and children pay the price for ignorance.

Here at Sam’s Dog Rules, we want to ensure that children
everywhere have the knowledge to be safe around dogs.

We want to make a DVD so that everyone can learn Sam’s dog Rules
and understand dog language.

Fleet Productions have kindly offered to make the video for us at
cost price but this still leaves a shortfall of $6000-00. With your help
we can complete this project and help thousands more children and
save many dogs from an untimely and unjust end

Thank you for your time and donation in advance from all of us here
at Sam’s Dog Rules.

We Thank you.

Horses Helping Us To Understand Energy Rules

1 May

Energy Rules

Marj and I had a most wonderful day yesterday we were invited to visit a lovely working farm in Clevedon. We were there to see how horse energy works.

horses

I know very little about horses so to see them in action was very interesting.

Arobridge is a healing centre which uses horses to help people understand energy. They have a number of horses that work with them that are rescued Kaimanawa horses.

The interesting thing for me

was to see the difference between the energy that horses like you to be in to feel safe with us, compared to the energy dogs like you to be in to feel safe with us.

As you all know by now

dogs do not feel safe with humans unless we are in Pack Leader energy which is Calm Assertive energy.  Horses feel safe with humans when their energy is low, meaning Calm Submissive energy.

Watching the horses work

with Marj and my energies was a treat to behold.  If we were anything but calm and relaxed they ran around, made quick sharp moves and were generally not happy to be around us, and they let us know it.

When we were calm

and relaxed they quietened right down and would come up to us and want to groom us. I have never been groomed by a horse before and it was a very nice experience, mind you I was very conscious of where their teeth were while they gave me their special treat.

Horses as with all animals

relate to energy, nothing else, how we feel they mirror for us. If we feel calm they will be calm if we feel tight or tense horses show us by not wanting to be close to us, it makes them feel and behave skittishly. With dogs if we are not in calm assertive energy they show us by wanting to become the Pack Leader and will try to dominate.

It was a wonderful enlightening experience

and Marj and I cannot thank Kathy, Debbie and Raewyn enough forgiving up their time and energy and allowing us to see and experience their wonderful work.

Thank you all so much, a wonderful experience never to be forgotten.

 

For those of you who would like to know more about Arobridge, their web site is www.arobridge.co.nz

Annie

Sam’s Dog Rules fundraiser

20 Dec

On the 15th Dec  Sam’s Dog Rules had a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Animates Pet Store, Glenfield.

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It was a lot of fun on a very hot day we did very well and Sam with his two beagle pack mates contributed to the day with much enthusiasm. They did not venture very far from the smell of sausages cooking.  It was a bit tough on the beagles as they are on a diet, anybody who has beagles will appreciate how difficult it is to keep a beagle on track when there is food around.photo (4)
The boys were so good and loved meeting everybody they did Sams Dog Rules proud.

Manda’s corn fritters were also a huge success. We had some competition from outside the Mad Butcher as another worthwhile cause was also doing a sausage sizzle fundraiser.  Then after lunch the mad Butcher started giving away sausages to promote their new range, what a laugh!

The Sams Dog Rules team would like to thank all of you who came down to support us and bought food and raffle tickets.We had 2 raffle prizes. Robyn Stebbings was the lucky winner of the 1st prize and W. Bjork took home the 2nd. Thanks to the Animates staff who drew the winning tickets for us!

We would also like to say a big thank you to all the people that helped make the day a success, especially:photo (2)

Lyn Thompson from Raw Essentials who donated a $100 voucher! Raw Essentials provides a range of raw foods for cats and dogs, that is as close as possible to their natural diet. To find out more about Raw Essentials you can visit their website, or head into one of Lyn’s shops in Glenfield or Ponsonby.

Animates Glenfield for their kind donations and letting us use their facilities and their premises to run our fundraiser! Also a very special thank you to them for allowing Sam to keep a bully stick he found in the shop and promptly ate, so he wouldn’t have to give it back. He made a sneaky trip into the shop when we weren’t looking, found the goods and did a runner. Animates have a huge range of goodies for all your pets needs, take a look at the Animates website, or head into your local Animates!

Also a Special thank you to my friends David and Lucille who donated two Essences for Harmonious Living. Martariki means the Face of God, Martariki essences were co-created photo (5)by David Gibson and Lucille Henry Ph.D with the loving healing energies of our spiritual guides from the Pleiades.  They offer a wide range of essences and room sprays to uplift, rebalance and support your emotional well- being and growth. They also offer workshops and individual sessions. Visit the Martariki Essence website for more information.

Thanks once again to all our team Marj, Manda, Rebecca and Brad not to forget Sam, Lucky and Beckham for a job well done.

Thanks to our supporters , we all wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

-Annie

Did you see Sam’s Dog Rules in the Central leader?

12 Dec

Check out what the Central Leader had to say about Sam’s Dog Rules!

The Central Leader article about Sam's Dog Rules

The power of Victim Energy

4 Dec

I haven’t got any dog stories to share with you this week.

This week I’ve been hearing stories start with the comment “Oh I feel so guilty”. Then they proceed to tell a story along the lines of “I feel so guilty I took a mental health day off work” or “I just couldn’t tell my friend I didn’t feel like having coffee with her today, so I made up a story”. It confirmed for me how easy it is to understand dog language. Human language, both verbal and physical is a dance in disguise. Often we say and do things in order to get a top up of energy from someone else.
You will notice that when listening to “I feel guilty´” stories your energy will change. It goes from feeling calm, to concerned /apprehensive to finally feeling really tired after you’ve heard the whole story.

This “guilty energy” is called Victim Energy.

If you do feel genuinely guilty for taking a mental health day from Guilty Dogwork or family you shouldn’t be doing it. This is because your guilt will never let you enjoy the day and you will spend most of it trying to get your energy fix from others.
This is a powerful form of energy. It draws us all in. It’s like they need reassurance that they will still be liked and/or loved by us. What they don’t realise is that they will continue to be liked and/or loved by us. They feel the need to create drama to get their energy fix off those of us who are drawn into their story.

I’m sure there are very few people in the world who don’t have anything to feel guilty about. It’s a part of our nature. Guilt usually comes from making decisions and not foreseeing the circumstances that unfold, that you had no intention of creating. In some cases this guilt can take a lifetime of trying to forgive oneself and or others.

In a dogs world this would not be tolerated.

The energy a victim creates is so uncomfortable that it upsets the whole pack. Calmness is no longer an option and the whole packs energy will change. In a dogs world people who elicit support by playing the victim would be given a severe growling. If they still didn’t give up this victim energy, they would be chased from the pack until they dropped the victim status.
Once they had dropped this victim status and realised they were safe, they would relax and the pack would return to being in a state of calm energy.
How easy to be a dog, it’s all very clear cut, calmness is what is required. I think the best I can do for myself and my energy is to make sure I don’t allow myself to become a victim, and when I hear a sentence that starts with ‘I feel so guilty” I should head for the hills!

Sam, Annie and Plato have been busy shifting house!

19 Nov

Sam’s finally shifted house with Annie and Plato.

The shift went really well because Annie made sure that the whole process was calm and relaxed. She was lucky because she had weeks to pack and get it all done in a nice leisurely manner so all we really noticed was the house getting smaller and smaller.   We did get a bit concerned in the last week, when Annie’s bed was gone, with everything else and all that was left was the couch and a bit of kitchen stuff.  For the last week we all slept in the lounge (Annie was on the couch), it was like camping out.  We all knew something was up with these actions.

Annie tried to keep everything as normal as possible, we still went for our walks, we went to work, I had my meals at my usual time.  I was put out at night at my usual time so I felt safe with the familiarity of it all, and so did Plato.

When we got to our new address, both Plato and I settled in like we had always lived there.  Annie did get a Feliway from the Vets.  This is a PLUG IN put straight into the power point and it releases pheromones that cats love.  This made Plato feel at home straight away.

Mandy and Mark, where we are staying are good Pack Leaders, but Plato is Mandy’s and Mark’s Pack Leader.  Every time he goes into the kitchen he chats away and Mandy feeds him, bits of bacon, bits of chicken, bits of beef.  He thinks he’s in cat heaven, because Annie is a vegetarian and we don’t get treats like that.

I will let you know when we find our new permanent home and in the meantime we love living here!

You have decided to get a dog, now what?

31 Oct

You have sat down as a family and decided why you want a dog and what type of energy your dog should have in order to suit your family.

The next step is to sit down as a family and decide on the rules, boundaries and limitations that you will have for the new dog. This is something you must all agree on, otherwise you will cause the new addition to your family to become confused.

Family Dog

Family Dog (Photo credit: Richard Elzey – Flickr)

But sometimes things don’t go according to plan. One situation that can occur, is that one family member will come home one day with a dog. Whether by choice, or because it had been abandoned and they felt sorry for it. The problem with this is that more often than not it ends up becoming Mum’s responsibility. I am sure you would’ve heard stories like this before.

But what happens if Mum did not want a dog?

This could be disastrous for not only the family but for the dog as well.  Mum will take care of it, as you know she will. But if this isn’t a pleasure for her, the dog will feel it and he will never feel safe with her. Mum’s energy could be resentful, angry, or just plain resignation.  none of these energies are pack leader energy and your dog will recognise this.  The dog will never willingly follow her instructions, and this will be a point of contention not only for the prime care giver, but for the whole family. In this situation, establishing rules and boundaries becomes even more important.

What to do if you bring a dog home out of the blue

If you do bring home a dog out of the blue, the smart move is to engage the whole family to take responsibility for the dog, there is a saying,  “If Mum’s happy, the family’s happy”.

This means that you need to decide on rules and boundaries for your dog regardless of whether you planned to get him, or it occurred out of the blue.

First of all, you need to decide what is appropriate for your family

  • Do you allow the dog to sleep on the beds?
  • If the dog isn’t allowed to sleep in the beds where will he sleep?
  • Do you all share responsibility for walking the dog?
  • Does the whole family take turns in feeding your dog? Or would you prefer to have one person be responsible for this?
  • Maybe you have a small dog and want him to sit on your knee. But don’t want him to think he ‘owns’ the couch? You need to make sure your dog understands that it isn’t his right to be on the couch, and that he can only come up when invited.
  • When your dog is new to the family who will take responsibility for toilet training?

These are just some examples of the rules you will need to consider when introducing a new dog to your family.

In addition to deciding on the rules, you need to consistently enforce them. There will of course be times when these rules boundaries and limitations will not be enforced for whatever reasons. The key to this, once again is your energy.  As long as you are able to maintain Pack Leader energy your dog will not question the change in plan, nor will it try take advantage of it. When the whole family relates to your dog from this energy perspective your dog will always trust and respect you.

When the whole family become your dog’s Pack Leader your dog will show you a more calm respectful, trusting energy. In addition to this, from working as a team the family will find a new way to connect with each other.

And these are only some of the rewards that can come as a result of having a dog in your family.

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