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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.

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How to travel safe with dogs – Part 1

25 Jan

The importance of having your dog secured became clear to me whilst travelling last week. Jumping in the car to go 20km to the shop, of course the dog jumped in to.

The dog’s owner said “hey boy, you won’t be comfortable without your harness and your bed and will slide all over the back seat”.

But of course, they took off without the harness and that was exactly what happened.

The dog became anxious and fearful and it was apparent that this had not been a wise decision for both the owner and the dog.

It would have only taken a couple of minutes to ensure that the dog was safe and able to travel comfortably, but NO, the hasty decision was unfair to the dog and the passengers.

Not only was the dog sliding along the back seat around the corners, but he became anxious and wanted to come onto the arm rest in between the front seats and sit there for reassurance.  The dog became stressed, and this caused anxiety for the front seat passenger, as she had to keep pushing him back into the back seat.

It became a dangerous situation for all involved.

Without his harness, had the driver had to brake suddenly, the dog would have shot forward through the windscreen causing a major accident.

For the sake of half an hour of your time and a small expense, it is just not worth travelling these days, without your dog being properly secured.

Animates or any good pet store will help fit your dog with the right harness.

You may need to adapt and add other straps, to link with this harness.

Blue_Padded_Dog_Car_Harness

What do you think about this situation?  Has anybody got any other ideas of how to secure your dog while travelling?

-Annie and Marj

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

5 Dec

Mt Roskill Primary Junior School thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Sam as shown in the photos below.  

SAM’S DOG RULES programme is being taught at our local Primary Schools.  Two years ago this was just a dream.    Annie Aubrey has had a passion and years of experience in training and teaching Dog Language.

This programme teaches children to recognise the language that dogs relate to. Dogs have a canine understanding, not a human understanding of the ways things should be.  Children will come to realise what dogs need from humans.  This will ensure safe interaction and environment for both.

Children are taught when meeting a dog not to TOUCH, TALK or LOOK the dog in the eye.    NO TOUCH! NO TALK! NO LOOK! – stand tall and put your Hero suit on and be the Pack Leader.

Dogs are animals and they only feel safe when they have a Pack Leader.  Even a little child can be the Pack Leader when they meet a dog.  If they feel safe the dog will be safe.  Teaching this classroom by classroom is very powerful.

With ACC figures (NZ Herald Jan 2012) of 11,708 reported dog attaches on New Zealanders last year, equalling 30+ a day, with 10+ being children, Annie decided it was time to act.   Annie enlisted the administrative skills of Marj Mulholland and together they have launched this incredibly successful programme.

Some of the schools benefiting from this programme are, every class at Wesley Primary, Waikowhai Primary, Three Kings School, Royal Oak School.  Junior school at Mt Roskill Primary, Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre, several holiday progammes at Wesley Community Centre and many more.  Bookings being made for 2013.

The Education Handout they give to each child is self explanatory and well presented, with cartoons being drawn by local cartoonist, Malcolm Evans.

While teaching the “Sam’s Dog Rules” teaching, it has become apparent that even in the area of general classroom and playground behaviour, bullying and insecurity can be handled with the same “Pack Leader E6tnergy” skill.   Children realise that they can stand up for themselves and be brave, feel good about themselves and tell the bully to “stop it, I don’t like it” and see incredibly positive results.

This programme urgently needs a sponsor as it would be criminal to see it fold for lack of support and finance.

Sam’s November Newsletter

5 Dec

NOVEMBER 2012

 november_newsletter

SAM SAYS:   “I went to Mt Roskill Primary Junior School.  It is a huge school and I nearly got lost, but Annie showed me the way to the classrooms.     The children were amazing, they represent so many nationalities and in every country in the world they have dogs just like me.   That’s why it is so important for you all to remember that dogs are dogs and not humans.   Remember to treat us like animals and we will feel safe, but only if you are the Pack Leader and tell us what to do”.

 sam “There’s something going on at homeI feel it for sure in every bone

Paper and boxes, Annie is packing

Piling up boxes, and lots of stacking

We’re shifting house, it’s all a bit scarey

I don’t know where I’ll sleep, I’m feeling wary.

I hope when the packers come, they take my bed

Where else can I sleep and lay down my head?

It’s only eight more sleeps till “moving time”

And we drive out.  That’s the end of this rhyme”.

 

“Dogs play “tiggy” too:

Dogs like to play “tag” just like kids do, but they play it differently.

When dogs meet, first they smell each others bottoms” – would it be polite if we did that?

Then they circle around and decide whether they like each other or not.

Once they are comfortable, they will play and chase each other.

When a new dog visits a house, the dog who lives there will want the visiting dog to know who is the BOSS.   So he will race towards the new dog and take out his legs, and knock the visiting dog down.  That is the way he is saying “Hey mate, I live here, you can visit and be my friend, but just remember this is my house”.  This makes the visiting dog feel safe and they become good friends.

Last Christmas day when Dean arrived at his sister’s house for Christmas dinner, his new dog GRIZZ (you can see his photo on this website at his 1st birthday party) was walking up to the front door, and TOYER (A German Pointer) came racing out the front door and bowled Grizz for a six.   Grizz rolled over on the grass and then, after they did the “bottom sniffing routine” they were best friends.  Now when Grizz visits Toyer, Toyer doesn’t need to “take out his legs” because Grizz remembers that “this is Toyer’s house and she is the resident dog here  on her patch”.    In fact if Dean arrives without Grizz, Toyer spends the whole time looking for Grizz, because he is her friend and sort of her “dog cousin” and she wanted him to come and play with him..

Tell us your stories, everyone has a dog story to tell,  perhaps next month I will tell you about the time a dog leapt out of the bushes in Cornwall Park and bit my bottom!!!!!!  Ouchee!!

Marj.

Director Administration.

SAM’S DOG RULES.

We are what we think

                 We feel what we think

                         What we feel gets created.

Only human beings will follow unstable Pack leaders  –  animals will not.

If you are having trouble with your dogs or children look to yourself first,

understand what energy you are in and choose accordingly.

 

Annie’s Doggy 101 teaching is great.  

Dogs learn very quickly when they know you are the Leader.

If no-one takes the authority, they will.

Then we are all in trouble.

Go the “Packleaders”.   . Write to me at  sam@samsdogrules.com   

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.

Good Manners when walking your Dog: Part 3

16 Oct

How to spot a reactive dog owner

When out walking your dog it is very easy to spot a reactive dog owner. It is also very easy to become one.

 First lets look at reactive dog owners:

Reactive dog owners usually have their dogs on a tight leash, or their dogs may be walking in front pulling on their leash.  They may

A German Shepherd Dog.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

cross the road, or disappear up someone’s driveway, in order to avoid contact with you. I am sure there are other actions taken, but these are the obvious ones. The common denominator with all these actions is tension.

It is also very easy for a competent Pack Leader to become a reactive dog owner. If you really want to be a consistent Pack Leader, for your dogs wellbeing. You must have mastery of your own thoughts and feelings.

It doesn’t take much to lose focus on your walks.   You only need to think “oh how am I going to find the money to pay that bill”. Your body responds to that fearful thought and  instantly your dog will be pulling on his leash. Your dog is telling you, you are no longer in Pack Leader energy. You have, by this thought become a reactive dog owner, with a reactive dog on the end of the leash.

This does not mean you can’t be Pack Leader until tomorrow’s walk, or that all is lost on this walk.

You can focus on your thoughts. Bring your attention to positive things and feel very good and happy with yourself.

Give your dog a correction. This may be a small tug on his leash to the side or by simply telling him to heel. This distracts your dog from his reactive energy and he comes once again in contact with your Pack Leader energy. He is able to become calm submissive, and  your walk continues as it should.

Dogs live in the present and having our wonderful dogs remind us when we are not, is a wonderful thing.

Good Manners when walking your Dog: Part 2

11 Oct

In part 1, we learnt that a dog’s language is energy, how you feel is what they react to. If you are calm assertive, their behavior will be calm submissive. If you are anxious, they will feel anxious and their behavior could become unpredictable and/or aggressive.

English: Dog walking in West Park

Dogs need leadership to feel safe, when they feel safe they will be calm, when they are calm and have leadership, we will be safe.  It is our job to ensure our dogs feel safe with us. When they feel safe they will respect you and love you. They know exactly where they stand with you when you are the Pack Leader, only then will they follow you.

Our dogs will love us but they will not respect or trust us if we do not give them clear leadership.

Dogs are like children, they  need to know the rules, boundaries and limitations.  That’s why as a reactive owner you must master your own energy, in order to have your reactive dog respect your directions.

The energy you express is communicated to your dog. What energy you are in, will determine what energy your dog is in. Pack Leader energy will result in calm submissive behavior. Your fearful, anxious energy will result in your dog wanting to take over as Pack Leader. The result being anxious owner – unstable dog.

Love to a dog is feeding him and taking him for a walk.  But the most loving thing you can do for your dog is to provide him with a clear understanding of his rules, boundaries and limitations by being a strong pack leader.

You can become a strong pack leader by examining the areas of your life where you are already a confident leader and replicating this energy. By doing this you will be able to exert the calm assertive energy necessary to keep your dog in a calm submissive state.

It’s not always easy to do this, but if you can master being assertive with your dog you will no longer have anything to worry about while walking your dog.  Your dog will be less reactive and you will be able to relax, enjoy yourselves and socialize with other owners and their dogs without fear.

Remember your dog is mirroring how you are feeling and with his help you can have mastery of your own energy.

By mastering your own thoughts, feelings and energy you will open up not only your dogs life, but also your own and it’s so worth it.

Good Manners when walking your Dog: Part 1

7 Oct

Written by: Annie Aubrey

For all of you out there with a “reactive Dog “ let me assure you, your dog is only reactive because you’re reactive.  However this isn’t an issue that can’t be fixed.  You need to start with what you’re thinking.

Your feelings follow what you’re thinking and your body will react to your feelings. This gives off energy. It is this energy that our dogs sense and react to.  It takes practice to constantly be aware of our thoughts, especially when walking our dogs, this is called being present.

Confident Pack Leaders, need to be able to recognize that reactive owners and their dogs,  need space to feel safe. But, anxious owners also need to realize when we call out “our dog is safe,” that they can let go of their anxiety and relax. If a dog perceives its owner to be anxious, the dog will attempt to take over as Pack Leader and may become aggressive to defend them.

Your dog needs a Pack Leader, being in an anxious state isn’t giving off Pack Leader energy, so your dog takes over.

We now have an anxious owner with an anxious dog, who is trying to be Pack Leader.

Your dog’s leadership is unstable. With unstable energy anything can happen and meeting another dog or another anxious owner and dog could lead to an unpleasant encounter.

Dogs being pack animals will only trust, respect and follow the guidance of a Pack Leader. Human Beings are the only pack animal that will follow unstable Pack Leaders.

It  then becomes the responsibility of confident Pack Leaders  to recognize and react accordingly to both “reactive” owners and their dogs.  If you see an anxious dog owner approaching then it is up to you, as Pack Leader to protect not only your own dog, but also the other owner and their dog.  You cannot control their behaviour, but you do have control over you and your dog’s behaviour. By being a strong Pack Leader your dog will trust your decision to walk on by.

As a confident Pack Leader it is your responsibility to recognize reactive owners and their dogs and give them the space they need. By simply doing this you will allow them to build up confidence with their dog. The result of this, is that as they gain confidence as dog owners, their anxiety may subside and they could become stronger Pack Leaders. This will result in  their dogs feeling the difference in their energy and becoming calmer.

Therefore we must have compassion and respect reactive owners and their dogs.  Do not judge them, if they ask you to call your dog, do not take it personally. You know your dog is safe, they don’t. Respect their wishes, call your dog and move on. By giving these people and their dogs this much needed space they get the opportunity to master their own energy.

Remember being a Pack Leader is a moment by moment thing and even the best Pack Leader can become a reactive owner within seconds if they have a negative or fearful thought. Achieving Mastery of ourselves is the aim.

Sam’s September Newsletter

30 Sep

Sam's Dog Rules - September Newsletter

Written by: Marj Mulholland

SAM SAYS:   “Wow, I have just been told that after the school holidays we are going to Mt Roskill Primary Junior School in Auckland.    I love going to schools and showing children how to be safe.   Did you know that ACC figures show that over 30 people a day got bitten by dogs last year – they didn’t need to if they understood us.”

We like being in a pack, we are dogs

We don’t hide under a leaf like frogs

We bowl each other over for a laugh

We don’t have long necks like  giraffe

We feel safe when we’re with our Pack Leader

I sure hope your owner is a reader ……. (show them this!)

“Oh my goodness, I am a Pack Leader….”

Now to be honest, I am not a “DOG” person.  When I was little we were forbidden to talk to, or play with Grandad’s dogs.  They were farm dogs, sheep dogs, working dogs.  They lived out in the kennels beside the barn and only listened to Grandad’s voice.  So to me, dogs lived on farms and were not to be played with or talked to.

Now, for two years I have been helping Annie launch this amazing programme SAM’S DOG RULES and I have sat in many classes and listened to the lesson.  When I see a dog I think what I have learnt:

DON’T TOUCH, DON’T TALK, DON’T LOOK –

Put on my Hero Suit and be the PACK LEADER.

Well, last week I was in Tauranga and I arrived at a house to be bowled over by a very excited fluffy dog (don’t ask me what breed – it looked a bit of a mix up to me).  Very cute, but jumping up and scratching my nice trousers.  It’s owner was very excited and wanted us to admire her gorgeous baby!!!!!  “Excuse me! Is this not a dog?” I thought,” Where is Annie?”

Well, sitting on the couch a while later and endeavouring to have a business discussion with the owner of the “leaping hair ball” it suddenly jumped up on my lap and tried to lick my face.

STATEMENT:

I drew myself up, said in a very firm voice “DOWN NOW, SIT, STAY” !

I should not be amazed, but I was.  In fact, between you and me, I was absolutely elated and thrilled.

RESULT:

Missee Fluff Ball slid off my knee, sat on the carpet at my feet and did not move for the next 20 minutes.  The owner was amazed.   You see, there were no boundaries for that gorgeous little dog, she was desperately saying “please tell me what to do, you should make me safe by being my Pack Leader”.    

You read in a previous post how I tried it with a Pit Bull that was VERY AGGRESSIVE and it worked.  I have done it with my children’s dogs and it works, so why not with little Missie Fluff Ball.

There was no need to shout, no need to back away, I just spoke it firmly and kindly, and WHAMMO success.  Everyone was relaxed and so was the dog.

Tell us your stories, try it, it works, and it is kindness to the dogs.

Marj.

Director Administration.  (Now self appointed Master Pack Leader!!)

SAM’S DOG RULES.

We are taking bookings now for 2013.
We already have five schools booking times.
Each session takes 35-40 minutes per class.
We are still looking for a Sponsor, so in the meantime
a donation from your school would be great.  Thanks.

We are what we think
We feel what we think
What we feel gets created.

Only human beings will follow unstable Pack leaders  –  animals will not.
If you are having trouble with your dogs or children look to yourself first,
understand what energy you are in and choose accordingly.
 

Go the “Packleaders”.   . Write to me at  sam@samsdogrules.com

Why dogs need Packleaders

17 Sep

Written by: Annie Aubrey

“As puppies, dogs are hot wired to understand RULES, BOUNDRIES AND LIMITATIONS.

From the moment they are born these fundamentals are crucial to the pack’s survival, and instilled firstly by their mothers and then by older members of the pack.
Like all social animals, both humans and dogs need structure and leadership or their lives dissolve into chaos.

Every cell in your dogs body would rather have a clearly defined social framework, with a fair and consistent pack leader whom the dog trusts and respects at the head of the pack” Cesar Millan

“Calm /submissive energy is the energy our dogs are happiest in”

Without us giving balanced leadership our dogs become insecure, fearful, anxious and aggressive.

We know only too well the cost of bringing up children without consistent, balanced parenting, why would rearing a puppy be any different?
When we don’t have a balanced home it puts pressure on dogs and humans alike.

What is Balance?

Balance does not require money, status, success or any label, balance is a state of being.

Balance creates calm. There are two main types of energy that we need to understand when working with dogs:

  • calm/assertive or pack leader energy,
  • calm/ submissive energy.

Calm /submissive energy  is the energy our dogs are happiest in. And they can only become this energy when there is a pack leader present.

When we need to get a response from our dogs and our children we must be in the right state of mind.
Have a think about this: do you think if you are in a passive / cruisey state of being that your kids will jump up and clear away the dishes straight away if you ask them?
I don’t think so, [well mine didn’t anyway].  The first thing they will say is “in a minute” or words to that effect, which really means “yeah whatever”.

There is no leadership in this energy, so if we are in this state of being we know our kids won’t comply with what we ask, how can we expect our dogs to follow our instructions, given dogs’ language is energy?

If we want the kids to clear the table now the request must be made in a firm and respectful way with the expectation that our request will be carried out.  This command uses energy that says we feel  good about ourselves and confident. This state of being is called calm assertive energy or Pack leader energy. This is the energy your dog needs from you in order for him to be a happy, healthy balanced animal.

How can I use pack leader energy?

By being mentally conscious of our bodies and minds we can live “in the now”.  In this state we are able to monitor our thoughts and feelings, without having to fight our past or future imaginings.

Being present gives us quick access to who we are being at any given moment. We can then choose the energy we need to be in and act accordingly.

Remember only humans follow unstable pack leaders.  Dogs and other pack animals will not.

Get Trained on how to deliver pack leader energy

Do you need help with your dog? Get in touch – we give one on one training to help you learn how to harness your energies and use them to control your dog’s behaviour.
Each session costs NZ$100 per hour and if session goes longer than 2 hours the cost will be $70-00 per hour.

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