About "THE BRAVERY PROGRAM"
This coaching program focuses on helping dog trainers support their clients regain their confidence after their own dog has shown signs of aggression towards humans or other dogs. Luna and I have personally been at that point, and without the amazing support from our dog trainer, dog-nerding friends, and coaching tools from my psychology kit, we wouldn't be were we are now. We are currently designing workshops to teach dog trainers about this concept and help them learn about "THE PACT MODEL", which is the basis of this program.
I called it PACT, 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. And that makes you, the dog trainer, their relationship counsellor, who reminds them of the pact and that they need to be there in good and in bad times. 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 (we didn't know that when we adopted her). 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.
So how do you know, if THE BRAVERY PROGRAM is for you?
- You are offering Behaviour Modification Programs to your clients
- You are dealing with clients that get stuck in the process, are avoidant of doing the work or feel very pessimistic about the process
- You can see that the Behaviour Modification Program is a very emotional journey for your human client and might cause a lot of distress to your client
- You would like to learn more about how to enhance the potential in your clients and learn how to trouble shoot common problems that a lot of dog trainers face with the human at the end of the lead
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 as a dog professional. In my opinion, dog trainers today have great access to and knowledge about behaviour modification programs for the canine, but less so for the human attached to the end of the lead. Paws In Life would like to change that.
The following topics will be addressed in the workshop:
* You will learn about unhelpful behaviours and thought processes that frequently interfere and stop the human-dog couple from moving forward
* You will learn how you can apply "THE PACT MODEL" to formulate and problem solve the issues of the dog owner
*How do you establish a culture of "BRAVERY" in your clients, rather than it being fearful, argumentative and/or avoidant.
* You will learn to read human stress signals and learn strategies how humans calm down the fastest and best way
*You will learn how to motivate your clients better and how they can be more psychologically flexible in the behaviour modification program with their dog
* You will be shown strategies how to increase the confidence and self-esteem in your clients
* We will discuss and trouble shoot difficult cases from your personal experience
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.