Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog Training Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:25 PM
wcladymacbeth's Avatar
wcladymacbeth wcladymacbeth is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 4,504
Default Amichien Bonding / The Dog Listener

I recently got several books out of the library that you all have recommended to me. I really want Maggie to listen to me and Justin, and I really want her to be the happiest dog possible. The first thing I wanted to work on was communication, so I started with The Dog Listener. I'm only about halfway through it but I wanted to get some input before I try anything. For those who haven't read it, Jan Fennell (the author) suggests a technique called Amichien Bonding which involves establishing Leader of the Pack status with your dogs using methods instinct to them.

Taking into account the fact that I'm not even all the way through the book, it sounds like the author is saying this should work for all dogs. But I just don't see how it would work for Maggie, especially when it comes to Justin. Maggie doesn't seem to view herself as "leader of the pack" if the pack is me, her and Justin. She does show a few signs that she might see herself as MY leader, because she is somewhat protective of me sometimes, and jumps all over me when I get home from work, leads me on walks, etc. But she doesn't do any of those things with Justin. I don't really know how she views us when it comes to belonging to a pack.

I want Maggie to listen to what I say and view me AND Justin as the leaders of the pack, but I'm not really seeing how based on this book so far. I can see how I can use some of the methods - eating something before she gets her food (alpha always eats first), ignoring her when I get home from somewhere until she calms down and I call her to ME (sounds sooo hard... I like that she's so excited to see me when I get home!) But these things I can try to do. One of the steps though assumes that the dog goes berserk barking and jumping when someone comes to the door, and you're supposed to acknowledge it and then send it to a different room. Maggie doesn't go berserk though, she just hides! Does that mean I should skip that step? Does it mean she doesn't actually view herself as leader of the pack, because she relies on me to protect her from the scary scary guests?

I would like any input you guys have that have achieved Amichien Bonding with your dogs. Do you have any experience doing this with timid dogs like Maggie? If so, did you do anything different?

In the meantime, I will keep reading and see if there's anything else this book can offer me. I see that there's a chapter about dealing with Rescue Dogs so maybe there'll be good advice there.
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:28 PM
Dekka's Avatar
Dekka Dekka is offline
Just try me..
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 19,162
Default

Hmm I have heard nothing good with this book. I personaly don't like any book the spouts the old outdated idea of leader of the pack/alpha crap. I don't think dogs are stupid, they know we are not dogs, and don't treat us like dogs. (otherwise all DA dogs would also be HA and vice versa)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:49 PM
lizzybeth727's Avatar
lizzybeth727 lizzybeth727 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 6,403
Default

Did someone here suggest that book? Because I know we suggested a lot of actually GOOD training books that also have a lot of behaviorial tips (like working on her shyness).

I agree with Dekka, as soon as an author/trainer says "alpha," I leave (with the one exception being Ian Dunbar, but I still listen to that skeptically). I think it's pretty clear that if your dog is scared of Justin, it will be counter-productive for Justin to try to establish himself as "alpha." Instead, you can do the NILIF philosophy, which I'm pretty sure we've suggested before.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:50 PM
lizzybeth727's Avatar
lizzybeth727 lizzybeth727 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 6,403
Default

(P.S. - Dekka, that's a good point about the DA/HA thing, never thought of that!)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:55 PM
wcladymacbeth's Avatar
wcladymacbeth wcladymacbeth is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 4,504
Default

gah ok... someone did suggest it. I wrote it down. I don't know who or what thread but I wrote down all the books that were suggested.

Ok I'm putting this book down now. I wondered why someone would suggest that for Maggie.

What's DA/HA?
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-16-2008, 06:59 PM
lizzybeth727's Avatar
lizzybeth727 lizzybeth727 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 6,403
Default

Dog aggression/Human aggression

(Took me a minute to figure that out too.)

At least you didn't spend any money on the book.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-16-2008, 07:00 PM
Dekka's Avatar
Dekka Dekka is offline
Just try me..
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 19,162
Default

Dog aggressive/Human aggressive
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-16-2008, 07:22 PM
Kayla's Avatar
Kayla Kayla is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,389
Default

So true Dekka, and I agree with everything said here. Their are alot of great methods out their to work with your dog, and equally their are some not so great ones. Last week I was off early and wasnt feeling well so was just channel surfing when low and behold the dog whisper came on. I've heard alot about his philosophies and methods and dont agree with most of them but curiosity got the best of me so I decided to watch.

True, the end of his episodes the dogs were usually considerably better then they had been but Im still convinced their are simply better ways to deal with your dog then resorting to hitting, yelling, scruffing, and "alpha rolling". In one case he got an adult jindo which would attack his owners to "submit to him" by making it roll on his back. The whole time the dog was snarling, panting like a mad horse and was clearly beyond stressed. Eventually it did roll over but I always wonder if the dog is simply smart enough to realise its in its best intrest to just roll over in defense since all of its fighting hasnt worked, but how that gets you closer to some type of "bond" or "communication" with your dog is beyond me.

P.s If you want to have better communication with your dog why not start incoperating a bit of training into your play sessions, as mentioned NILF is a phenominal method, bonding takes time and patience regardless especially with rescue dogs, and theres no time like the present to start.
__________________
<3's March because it's Epilepsy Awareness Month

“Violence begins where knowledge ends.” –Abraham Lincoln
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-16-2008, 08:43 PM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,849
Default

Scientific parsimony states that the simplest answers should be sought first. The fewest leaps of logic should be made. Domestic dogs' hierarchy has never been proven or established conclusively. It's all theory. So, basing a training system off of something that isn't proven is skipping or leaping ahead from a hypothesis directly to a conclusion. Learning theory has been proven. It works. It is the simplest answer.

I read that book a long time ago...biggest waste of money. It wasn't a cheap book! Such a lot of nonsense. Dogs walk in front of their owner because humans walk at a snail's pace and dogs walk faster and they're excited to go have fun. They do this because they haven't been given a better reason not to. They haven't been TRAINED. It has nothing to do with dominance. If dogs were out to stage a coupe, I'd have dogs that walked all over me because I use no such methods. And my dogs are well behaved and trained.

If you want some good books on training and behavior; Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson, The Power of Positive Training, by Pat Miller, The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell, Don't Shoot The Dog, Karen Pryor. There are lots of others too. I highly recommend Culture Clash as a foundation to go off of.
__________________
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams 1776





"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-16-2008, 10:32 PM
Paige's Avatar
Paige Paige is offline
Let it be
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 7,315
Default

Too true Doberluv. If that was the case no one's dogs would ever get any exercise. If walking out ahead meant your dog was trying to dominate you I'd have to walk for weeks before my boys would even be slightly less than a bundle of woohoo.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:54 PM.


©1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site