Innovative Sport Dog Community
Yelm, Washington, Thurston CountyElite Pro
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. Based in Tenino Washington the Innovative Sport Dog Community (ISDC) embodies this philosophy, this lifestyle.
It is our mission and desire to share with the world the most innovative and Scientifically Progressive Information and Education relative to understanding and working with our dogs. Our Relationship Based Motivational Training System is the best training system available today.
The ISDC is voted Best Dog Training Facility in WA in 2017 and 2018! We are BBB accredited with a A+ Rating.
We offer obedience training to suit any dog and handler. Our programs are developed by world renowned behaviorist Bart de Gols and are tailored to each individual dog and handler. The ISDC can help you take your dog training to the next level!
Read more about our innovative Relationship Based Philosophy here: http://www.isdck9.com/what-we-do
We offer solutions for any problem and offer varies Different Training options from group classes in the weekends, Private Training Sessions, Training packages( http://www.isdck9.com/training-packages/ ) to Board and Train solutions (http://www.isdck9.com/board-and-train-programs/ )and anything in between.
Check our page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ISDCK9/ Also Feel Free to reach out to us by phone 360-489-6162 ext 4.
Our CEO's Motto "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
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Innovative Sport Dog Community
What do you love most about your job?
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
What inspired you to start your own business?
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.
Why should our clients choose you?
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.
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