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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.

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.

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.

How to choose the right Dog for your family

25 Oct

When choosing a Dog the first question you must ask yourself is:

Why do I want a dog?

  • Do you want a dog that can train with you and go on runs?
  • Do you want a dog for companionship?
  • Do you want a dog to be a playmate for your kids?
  • Do you want a dog because you like the look of that particular breed?
  • Do you want a dog to give your love to?
  • Do you want a guard dog?

These are just a few reasons as to why you may want to have a dog in your life.

Most of us will choose a dog to fulfill a need in ourselves and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to have a dog that fits in with you and your family’s needs you must put the dogs needs before your own. This is to give yourself the best chance of having a happy relationship between you and your dog.

Are you a person or family that has high energy? Love being out and about? Love walking, running, playing sports and riding bikes? If you’re happy to have your dog come on runs twice a day, then you’ll want a dog that has high energy. Having a dog that has medium to low energy levels will not contribute to your family in the way you would like.  You will want to go run/ play and he just hasn’t got the energy to keep up with you.  You will become disappointed with a medium to low energy dog in your family.

Likewise, if you are a family that love hanging out on the couch and going for an easy walk once a day, having a high energy dog in your family will drive you insane. They will get up to mischief, become destructive, chew your shoes, walls…you get the picture.  If this high energy dog’s needs are not being met, frustration will be the only outcome for you and for your dog. Not the reason you chose to have a dog in the family.

So ask yourself the important questions:

Sam’s August Newsletter

6 Aug

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Written by: Marj Mulholland

Sam says, “I  told you in July that on Wednesday 20 June I went into DOGGY HOSPITAL and had a really big Lymphoma (that means a fatty lump) removed from my side.  You won’t believe it, but Annie made me wear “human” t-shirts every day, so that I would not lick my wound.   I looked like a crazy dog, you would have laughed at me.     I have had seven weeks of just lying around and I got so bored, hardly any visitors and no children to pat me.   But now I am going on long walks again with Annie, it is so exciting to smell different things and meet other dogs and people on my walks.   Next week I am going to Torbay Kindergarten and am so looking forward to listening to Annie telling the children how to be safe around dogs, and when we go to Green Bay Primary I get to go over the Harbour Bridge, I can’t wait, it’s so high up and such a great view.  I would like to walk over the HarbourBridge but Annie says “dogs have to go in cars or trucks – I wonder if I can talk to the Mayor about that?  See you soon when I come to your school”. 

!WOOF!

ANNIE SAYS

This term we are going to Green Bay Primary School, which is over by Titirangi, and also we are going to see all the lovely kids and teachers at Torbay Kindergarten.   Sam is really looking forward to getting out meeting all the kids again, he was getting really bored sitting at home.   As well as the visits we have lined up, a new post is underway which should give all dog owners out there a few more tools to help keep their pack happy and healthy.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

This section of my newsletter usually has lots of names of schools and children that I have visited – but with having my operation, I have lain on my bed and in the sun and very gradually started going on walks again with Annie.    BOOOOORRRRRRING   !!!!!!!     This week has been getting better though as I’ve been getting some extra walks with my beagle friends from next door.   We do lots of sniffing.  They sniff A LOT!     I have been so bored laying on my bed that I wrote you all a poem:

When I was ill,

Annie made me lie still

Annie even gave me a pill…..Yuk!!!!!

But now I am better

I can write this newsletter

I’m coming to see you, don’t you forgetter!

Thanks for the doggy get well cards.

If you want me to come to your school contact Annie my Pack Leader.

See you next month….    

Write to me or send me questions at sam@samsdogrules.com

WOOF!

Sam's Dog Rules

Sam’s July Newsletter

2 Jul

Sams Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Written by: Marj Mulholland

July 2012

Sam says, “On Wednesday 20 June I went into DOGGY HOSPITAL and had a really big lymphoma (that means a fatty lump) removed from my side.  Apparently lots of dogs and people can get them.   I am lucky that there were no nasties there, it was an uncomfortable spot and was getting bigger.

I was a bit nervous when I realised that my Pack Leader was leaving me. I know that my Pack Leader would only leave me when she knows the Vet will become my Pack Leader and I will feel safe.  Well I am home again and a bit sore but getting better every day.

ANNIE SAYS:

It is hard for us humans when we have sick pets or have to leave them in someone else’s care.  We need to know that all the staff love our pets in order for us to feel safe leaving them.

As humans we need lots of talk and reassurance and we often feel upset and anxious.  This is normal for us but we must remember that animals love it when we do the opposite.   So if your pet is left in someone elses care, the best gift we can give our pet is to give them what they need, and that is being in Pack Leader energy (stay calm and assertive).  Then our pets will know they are safe, no matter where we leave them.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

“I went to Royal Oak School in Epsom Auckland for five days.  Boy, it’s a real big school.  They have 26 classes there.  Lots of lovely kids and they were very well behaved.  The second day I was walking across the playground and there were suddenly crowds of little people all calling my name.   I was a bit overwhelmed and looked like a “rock star”, but I looked at Annie and she didn’t look anxious, so I relaxed and just went with the flow.

I have been on a big road trip to Wellington.   I was at Seatoun Middle School right beside the harbour and was again a “rock star”.   Even the teachers wanted to meet me and could not keep their hands off me.

After that I went to WelTEC at Petone and Annie talked to the Vet nursing students – they learnt lots about how to handle dogs, sick and well.    I liked travelling in the car on my big adventure – lots of walks in the rain and cold, even snow on the mountains on the Desert Road– perhaps I’ll not have my woolly coat shaved next time I drive south”.

If you want me to come to your school, contact Annie my Pack Leader.”

See you next month….”

“You can send me a doggy get well card. If you like!” send to sam@samsdogrules.com

Don’t forget to send in your questions to me, either here in the comments, or by email to sam@samsdogrules.com, or on my Facebook page.  You can even Tweet your questions to me, my Twitter name is @SamsDogRules.   I will answer them personally and in the next newsletter.

WOOF!!!   

11,708 reported dog attacks on New Zealanders last year!*

17 Jun
Annie, Sam and Kids - Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Sam holding court

*NZ ACC – NZ Herald – 25 January 2012

With a New Zealand average of more than 30 dog bites per day, Annie and Marj, founders of Sam’s Dog Rules, passionately believe there is an urgent need for Sam’s Dog Rules education to be made available to all New Zealand children and families.

A lack of knowledge of the language that dogs understand and respond to has led to significant levels of trauma in the lives of children in New Zealand, and brought about the unnecessary destruction of thousands of dogs, that could otherwise have been avoided.

Sam’s Dog Rules will make a difference!

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Practising No Look! means Sam feels safe to check you out.

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Practising No Look, No Talk, No Touch rules

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