"THE BRAVERY PROGRAM"
Are you wondering what the “Bravery Program” is? Well, let me tell you more:
Have you ever felt stressed, anxious or overwhelmed when dealing with your dog? Are there times when you find the relationship with your dog is quite upsetting and difficult? Or are you a dog professional, a vet, or working in the animal industry, and would like to know more about how human behaviour, thoughts and emotions impact our dogs and influence their behaviour, and how you can support the dog owner during your service?
If yes, then attending the 2-day “Bravery Workshop” would bring great value to your life. The goal of the workshop is that by the end of the 2 days you will have inner resources that you can draw upon for the rest of your life. This isn’t a “traditional” dog-training course. This revolutionary course focuses on “the end of the lead” (aka the dog owner) and less on the dog.
So what will "THE BRAVERY WORKSHOP" cover?
This 2-day workshop is designed for dog owners, dog trainers, vets, and other people working in the animal industry, who want to learn more about how to troubleshoot common problems with the human at the end of the lead.
Topics covered in the workshop:
• You will learn about the evolution, the keystones and the practical implications of "THE PACT MODEL", which is the theoretical foundation of the workshop and has been especially designed for the human at the end of the lead
• You will learn about unhelpful behaviours and thought processes that frequently interfere and stop the human-dog couple from having a good relationship
• You will practice grounding and self-soothing strategies, to set yourself up for success in your training and difficult life circumstances in general
• You will learn how to cultivate “emotional flexibility” that helps you create a sense of "BRAVERY" and resilience in your every day life
• You will learn to read human stress signals, and the best strategies that can help humans calm down the quickest without passing their stress onto their dog
• You will learn about the concept of “emotional transmissions” that we pass onto our dogs, often without knowing or being aware of them
• You will be shown strategies how to increase your confidence and self-esteem whilst interacting with your dog
• The workshop will be hands on and it is designed to address common problems that dog owners face in everyday life
You don’t need to have any prerequisites to attend this course, the only thing you need is an open mind that is curious and would like to grow. ;)
I called it PACT MODEL, because every dog owner (consciously or unconsciously) enters into a pact with their dog when they enter a relationship with it. Kind of like a marriage. PACT is an abbreviation and stands for: Present Moment, Acceptance, Commitment and Take Action and the goal is to strengthen the human-canine relationship. The goal of the THE PACT MODEL is to help the human at the end of the lead achieve their training goals quicker and more efficiently, and consequently, help the human-canine couple maximize their potential.
Here is a detailed article explaining how THE PACT MODEL works.
But let me tell you a little bit about our journey that lead to creating THE BRAVERY PROGRAM:
My husband and I adopted Luna from a rescue shelter in 2015. We are her 3rd home as everyone found her too hard to manage. I always like a challenge, so that was fine with me. Luna is my first personal dog and I have to admit, I had my rosy "Pinterest and Facebook" glasses on when I got her. I just fell head over heels in love with her. Luna is a mutt (we think she has quite a bit of shepherd traits from a working line in her) and we don't know much about her history. We do know that she is genetically prone to anxiety, and wasn't properly socialised as a puppy and therefore finds life very scary. Luna is a very smart cookie with a LOT of sass and attitude. She learnt that when she growls or shows signs of aggression, people and dogs instantly give her space. No one wants to approach a large dog that growls and bares her teeth at you and sounds like a zombie demon. I really really struggled to accept this side in my dog. I didn't want to be labeled as the dog owner with "THE aggressive dog" and the countless stigmas that come with it.
It came to a point, where I also considered re-homing her. She was the total opposite of what I wanted in my dog. I didn't want an aggressive dog. I was worried about my professional reputation. I hit rock bottom with Luna a few times and I nearly gave up on her. And believe me, I HATE failure. It did my head in. Endless sleepless nights. And I had to grieve over that for a few weeks and find bravery and courage to just keep going back to her behaviour modification program and try out new things, which scared me.
And the knowledge that I gained throughout my experience with Luna, is what I want to pass on in my BRAVERY Program. I was very lucky as I had access to an amazing dog trainer who always had my back, and never gave up on us. Furthermore, I realised that I benefited from some psychology techniques that helped to speed up training, and which proved to be very effective. I can't tell you how happy I am now, to have her in my life. I couldn't imagine a life without her. She is my dream dog. And I want to pass on our knowledge that we gained from this experience, so that others can also have a happy end to their journey.
Just to be clear, THE PACT MODEL only focuses on the human, not the canine, which means THE PACT MODEL should be seen as an add-on to your existing knowledge whilst engaging in a behaviour modification program.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We are very passionate about this topic and would love to have a chat with you. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact us.