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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

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   

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

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Each session costs NZ$100 per hour and if session goes longer than 2 hours the cost will be $70-00 per hour.

Why we must train ourselves, before we train our dogs

15 Sep

Written by: Annie Aubrey

On our walk the other day we met a lady, who upon seeing us, fearfully dragged her dog into a drive way to avoid contact with us. Her anxiety was obvious, so I assured her Sam was friendly.

“ NO DON’T COME NEAR, MY DOG IS A RESCUE AND IS AGGRESSIVE WITH OTHER DOGS AND I DON’T TRUST HIM”

I explained if she could just relax and calm down her dog would calm down.

“I know she said I just can’t, I have had a few dog trainers and nothing works”

She acknowledged she wasn’t a confident dog  handler, and she also had an older dog  and the two dogs fought whenever they were together. She was questioning whether getting this dog had been a good idea.

This lady was focused on training her dog when in fact the focus should be on training herself and rehabilitating her dog. Her dogs are  mirrors of her behaviour, her anxious energy creates aggressive dogs.

Many well meaning dog lovers may not understand that their dogs are not happy being awful / aggressive / timid / fearful etc.

Dogs are looking for leadership, this creates balance. We must all be Packleaders  when with our dogs.

“No matter what,  everyone can  be the packleader,  You just have to do it.
If you can’t do it for yourself , do it for the dog whom you love.”

How do you recognise and maintain packleader energy? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Have you seen us in Good Magazine yet?

13 Sep

Sams Dog Rules has been featured in the September/October issue of Good Magazine. Vanessa Young went along with Annie, Marj and Sam to see first hand how the ‘Sams Dog Rules’ programme works. The ‘Sams Dog Rules’ programme not only teaches children about packleader energy and how to be safe around dogs, but also how to exert a higher level of self-esteem. Here’s an extract from Vanessa’s article:

“Initially motivated by  a desire to try and reduce the number of dog bites in New Zealand, Annie soon discovered she was not only teaching dog safety skills, but ways to feel powerful, and how children could use this inner strength elsewhere in their lives.”

So far Annie and Marj have taken the Sams Dog Rules message to thousands of children at schools and preschools around the country, and will be continuing to reach as many children as possible with the Sams Dog Rules message.

If you haven’t already seen it, go and take a look at the full article in the September/October issue of Good Magazine on pages 108 – 109.

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