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Innovative Sport Dog Community

Yelm, Washington, Thurston County

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Yelm, Washington, Thurston County

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Thank you for contacting the Innovative Sport Dog Community ! The world of dog training is constantly evolving, innovating, and progressing forward. And as so, it is our responsibility, our duty, as trainers to constantly push the boundaries of what is and can be in this amazing world we are fortunate to exist in.

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1 March 2013

Where do I begin?  I was not a member of yelp until after Bart took care of our 3 month old Boarder Collie.  My family and I were so impressed with his service I wanted to give him a well deserved rating.  So, I signed up and here we go.  While on a ten day vacation our biggest concern was who would care for and keep our new family member.  We wanted her to get good one on one attention and stay on the same plan that we had set.  After visiting 3-4 other boarding kennels in the Olympia area I made one last call to Bart De Gols. After our conversation I felt it would be worth the 45 min drive drive to his home.  Upon my arrival, I found his home to be very clean and welcoming to me and our Boarder Collie.  Bart is extremely knowledgable and he shares his insights about your animal with a respect to you and your dogs happiness in mind.  While we were away our puppy was treated better than we expected.  Infact, we were hopping she would still want to come home with us when we returned.  It made for a worry free trip when we would recieve pictures of our BC playing in the yard.  The updates of the adventures she embarked on brought smiles to the whole family.  We feel lucky to have found Bart and we plan to set up more times in the future for Bart to watch and train our dog. More...

R
22 May 2011

We have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, a 6 year old female (Copper) and a 4 year old male (Lincoln) that were in need of training.  Lincoln had developed a barking issue and was wild on walks.  In fact, I think it's safe to say the household was a bit out of control.  This started when my husband left for a job abroad about 6 months beforehand.  Upon deciding to join my husband in Saudi Arabia from California we concluded that I couldn't transport two wild dogs and that I needed to get the situation under control.  I was lucky enough to find Bart to help.  Bart has an incredible sense of animal behavior. In fact, within about 30 seconds of meeting our two dogs he nailed the issue (in a nut shell:  older female, Copper, was a bully and younger male, Lincoln, was extremely insecure).  I explained that I would be joining my husband in Saudi Arabia in less than 5 weeks.  Bart took on the challenge and we began an intensive training program to rehabilitate our insecure male (and to show our female that she wasn't the boss anymore!).Training included trust building exercises in various settings including trips to the mall.  This was good for exposing both dogs to new spaces and a diverse group of people.  By the secondsession the dogs were going up and down the escalators and riding the elevator too.  Bart also exposed our dogs to his very cool K9, Rox, and a few other German Shepards.  We went from an initial meeting where my dogs went into a "red zone" of barking and growling to a final session of my dogs enjoying their time around other dogs.  It was truly an amazing transformation!  Bart was always punctual, responsive, and encouraging.  You can tell he loves his job and is passionate about his work.  I would wholeheartedly recommend his services.Bart, you did an exceptional job I cannot thank you enough!!!!!!! More...

G
25 February 2011

Liking these guys!I don't throw out 5 Stars for nothing. A business has to really impress me and I am not easily impressed. Read my other reviews and see. Protection Dog/Police Dog/Schutzhund/Service Dog  training is a fine art. A lot of people SAY they can do this, (and a few even have their own TV shows... lol) but not many are truly effective. The folks at Woof K9 actually do get results. I have seen it with my own eyes.The proprietor has a Ph.D. in animal behavior and is the trainer for several local police agencies. I have seen his work on display at the schutzhund contests and the dogs he works with tend to score higher than average. He does right by us and our puppy.For anyone considering protection training, you need to know that it isn't cheap and it isn't (usually) fast. No matter who you use, it will not come cheap. Woof K9's prices are reasonable relative to the competition. He isn't the cheapest, but we get good value and get good results.Go see the dogs he has trained at the trials some time and then judge for yourself.Bottom Line: 5 Stars More...

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No one has a right to consume the happiness of his dog on the training field without producing it. Training is a serious business but don’t forget to be happy in what you are doing, be consistent in your training, body language. Be focussed, serious and deticated but sometimes, Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
— Bart de Gols

Over the 30 years that I have been working and Training with Dogs I have studied and I have tried almost every method and training system out there. I found good things in all of them and also flaws. Today I am the founder of one of the most Innovative Relationship Based Training Methods available. I believe that by correctly training and education the human, the dogs will be more successful in having an harmonious and fun relationship with their owners.

Over the 30 years that I have been working and Training with Dogs I have studied and I have tried almost every method and training system out there. I found good things in all of them and also flaws. However they have one crucial thing in common and that is that there was no real relationship between the dog and myself. The dog either worked out of avoidance of a correction or he worked because I had something to offer him, either food or toys. His motivation was to work for the things I had and NOT to work for me. By studying the new findings on how wolf packs are organized and work together I came to realize that the strongest bond wolves and other wild Canine packs have is the relationships they have with each other, and that they are based upon Respect for the Parents, Respect for the Teacher, Respect for the siblings, Trust in the Parents and Trust in the Teacher and that when observed in the wild those wolves have a lot of “Fun” together. These wolves don’t work for a ball all a Frisbee. They work together because they have fun together.

As an outcome of my findings I developed not a training method or system but rather a “life Style” in how to interact with dogs, especially working dogs, in such a way wolves would do in the wild.

It is in this “Relationship Building Life Style” I will teach you many training techniques that will contribute to achieve the ultimate goal, a top-performing (sport) dog. Like in the wild wolves play games, so will we with our dogs. Like in the wild wolf are taught certain wanted pack behavior, so will we teach our dogs the behavior we want in our pack.

In the wild wolf cubs are taught how cope with certain environmental stressors, so will we teach our dog how to deal with environmental stress and how to deal with distraction. In the wild wolf packs are taught certain social rules, so will we address our Social Rules with our dogs. Wolf cubs are taught how to deal with conflict, so will we teach are dogs how they can deal with conflict.

However Dogs are not Wolves and in order to better understand this training process it is important that we have a closer look at the domestication process of the modern Dog.

The domestication of our Canis Lupus Familiaris (Our Modern Dog) all began several ten thousand years ago with the domestication of the Canis Lupus or Grey Wolf. Evidence both genetic and archaeological proofs that humans domesticated wolves at the latest 15.000 years ago. How exactly the domestication of the Canis Lupus happened is still very unclear but science has his theories on how it all started. Several of these theories include, Orphaned wolf-cubs, Promise of food/self domestication and some experimental evidence.

The rapid evolution of dogs from wolves is a great example of neoteny orpaedomorphism. As seen in many other species, young wolves or far more social and less dominant than adults; therefore it made great sense for the selection of these characteristics. This paedomorphic selection resulted in retention of juvenile physical and mental characteristics. If we compare many of the domestic adult dog breeds, compered to wolves, many of these adult breeds retain such juvenile characteristics.

The important thing to learn from this is that we need to compare the behaviors of our dogs today with that of young wolves rather then that of the adult wolves. Doing so will give us a far better understanding on how dogs, think and act and on how we as humans should think and act.

A process I call de-humanization and Caninenization for the human. We need to develop behaviors that are unnatural for us humans but natural for our dogs in such a way that we became natural unnatural, which means that those unnatural canine behavior become our second nature. In order to do so let’s have closer look at the behavior of the young Canis Lupus.

Wolves are highly gregarious animals. At the foundation of their social unit, the pack, is the mated pair accompanied by the pair’s adult offspring. In ideal situations this pair produces pups every year with such offspring staying in the pack for 10-54 month before dispersing. Triggers for dispersing include the onset of sexual maturity and competition within the pack for food. A average wolf pack consist of a family between 5 – 12 members, (1 to 2 adults, 3-6 juveniles and 1 – 4 yearlings). Sometimes we see a pack with a combination of 2 or 3 of these families with a total up to 42 pack members.

These packs are bond and ruled by strict rules, limitations and boundaries controlled and enforced by one pack leader, the Alpha, the dominant one. Dominance is a ubiquitous phenomenon in many social animals. The alpha wolves are the genetic parents of most cubs in the pack. Deference to the alpha pair (often Alpha male and Beta Female) by allowing them to eat first, choose the best piece of the hunted prey, the only ones to reproduce. The alpha will determine where the pack goes to hunt, defines and sets the pack territory, will determine where to sleep, when to rest, to eat, the defecate and so much more. Nothing for the other pack members is free their life is. However calling the pack leader Alpha is not entirely correct. Wolf biologist L. David Mech stated :

“Calling a wolf an alpha is usually no more appropriate than referring to a human parent or a doe deer as an alpha. Any parent is dominant to its young offspring, so "alpha" adds no information. Why not refer to an alpha female as the female parent, the breeding female, the matriarch, or simply the mother? Such a designation emphasizes not the animal's dominant status, which is trivial information, but its role as pack progenitor, which is critical information. The one use we may still want to reserve for "alpha" is in the relatively few large wolf packs comprised of multiple litters. ... In such cases the older breeders are probably dominant to the younger breeders and perhaps can more appropriately be called the alphas. ... The point here is not so much the terminology but what the terminology falsely implies: a rigid, force-based dominance hierarchy.”

The most important thing to learn from Dr. David Mech is that the natural wolf pack is more a family, with a Father figure, mother figure with their offspring together with some aunts and uncles. The terms “Alpha” and “Dominant” are far less correct then the terms “Parent” and “Teacher”. Of course, the parents are the typical Alpha and are dominant but Dr. David Mech argues that these terms are misleading because they imply that a pack of wolfs consist of individuals, like a tribe, and that the members assume a place in the linear hierarchy. A wolf pack should be seen as a family unit, with young wolves of age dispersing and begin their own families in new territories.

So how relate this knowledge to modern dog training?

Old-School- and still many current training techniques assume to be the dominant alpha and to show your leadership by punishment and fight. We punished unwanted behavior. While the alpha pair within the wolf pack is teaching their siblings by building a relationship, a relationship based upon Respect and Trust, they also have Fun together as they play with their pups. The assumption to use “alpha rolling techniques” and “dominance by punishment” has more to do with human phycology then with dog behavior. “Dominance hierarchies and dominance disputes and testing are a fundamental characteristic of all social groups... But perhaps only we humans learn to use punishment primarily to gain for ourselves the reward of being dominant.

On the other side many trainers will only use positive rewards such as food and toys to reward the dog for wanted behavior WITHOUT actually building a relationship build upon Respect and Trust.

It is my opinion that a good pack leader adopts a leader attitude, a teacher attitude, and a father and mother father attitude. A dog automatically senses when he is in the presence of a leader. Good leadership doesn’trequire a leash or a prong collar with hard corrections to show your dog you are the “Boss”. As a matter of fact this type of improper corrections will only confuse the dog and will ruin the Respect and Trust of the dog towards you.

Loving your dog is also not enough to become a trusted and respected leader. Many people think if they love their dog and give the dog a lot of affection the dog will respect him. This is absolutely not so. Respect of your dog is depended on how you handle and live with your dog on a daily basis and on the consistency of your own behavior. It is this consistent behavior of you as human that will contribute to the improved trust and respect your dog has for you.

It is my believe that whatever methods’ used, the psychological health and physical health should be our main priority. It is most important that the relationship with the dog should be carried Fair with Respect, Trust and Fun and that these fundamental building blocks are the foundation on how we handle our working and sport dogs and our companion dog for that matter too.