It all started two and a half decades ago with my first dog, Labrador retriever Neva.
My story about the beginnings is not much different from a lot of dog teachers out there.
Neva is 'to blame' I have started on the path of becoming a dog teacher amongst other dog related titles.
Her character was just not the right one for the general training principles of those times. She was my first dog. Her personality was absolutely firm, strong, unforgiving, stubborn, larger than life and so much more.
When one didn't know how to approach her schooling in the right sensible and thoughtful way, one ran into loads of trouble.
Meaning, she needed and demanded understanding, patience, love and boundaries that she could make sense of. She was against any kind of physical punishment, threats and injustice. When that happened, and it certainly did happen because that was the way things were done in those days, she became irritated to the point of biting.
She didn't leave me much choice ... I had to start learning new, in those days revolutionary methods of teaching the dog. Needless to say I am now deeply grateful for that. How hopeless I felt back then I'd rather not explain. Fortunately that is water under the bridge. Undoubtedly she was the One that pushed me into the right direction ... the right direction is hidden behind the phrase which has become the name of my dog school 'understanding the dog' ...
I stepped onto the path of wanting to understand the dog back then and I have never left it ... to this very day I am still striving and searching for unexplored ways in getting to know the dogs' personalities inside and out.
I am proud to say that nowadays I read dogs. Their silent yet so loud non-verbal language, their energies, emotions, reactions ... I am familiar with every aspect of their natural instincts, their needs, wants, likes, dislikes ... they tell me everything ... there are no secrets, no hidden agendas, they speak of their inner world without even raising their voices, in complete trust, silence they scream about how they are dealing with the outside world ...
Yes. It is about understanding the dog ... once you do you are blessed with the opportunity for a satisfying life ... partnership between two species who need and depend on each other ...
While teaching the dog, the dog is the centre of my intention ... he comes first ... I always take into consideration his wellbeing, harmony, emotional and energetic stability ... without calmness there is no going forward ...
Dog has to feel great, satisfied so the message we are sending can fall on fertile ground. Avoiding conflict is of the outmost importance. Using prevention (tools) and food as a prey concept is the natural way in which dogs are taught ... and dogs understand and love natural way.
Mind this as well. Dogs need purpose. They came into this life and onto this earth with a chosen purpose ... depending on the owner and the environment ... they are the ones who have made the decision and our moral obligation as partners is to make achieving that goal possible.
Since my humble beginnings I have gathered tones of knowledge, experience in theory and practice ... so now I can be of service to the dogs everywhere. I have taught thousands of dogs and their humans, not only in Slovenia but abroad as well. Dogs are more or less the same, only with mild differences depending on the environment. But at the core or their essence is the same .... They are social animals, love the company and partnership of their human, love doing the work they were created to do, enjoy using their senses, nose in particular ... they need lots of rest, and quality sleep, food, shelter in the proximity of their fellow companions, being humans or other animals.
Dogs are the best teachers and we, owners, handlers, people are in so many ways dogs' pupils.
Since my first dog I have had lots of dogs as part of my family. I am engaged in different fields of dog training starting with the basic obedience, puppy classes being my favourite part of dog schooling, I do search and rescue work (air-scent, rubble and Mantrailing), nose work, I train guide dogs for visually impaired and disabled, I am a part of AAA (animal assisted activities) and AAT (animal assisted therapies) group, I use Bach Flower Essences as part of my behaviour modification process, I write professional articles on dogs' behaviour, emotions, I do workshops, on line training, I founded my own dog school (Understanding the Dog) and I have written and published two books.
Join me in one of my on line training courses, and get to know my way of teaching the dog. You will get all the information you need to live long and happy life in partnership, understanding and harmony.
Do not hesitate. Write me an e-mail and start understanding your dog.
My e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask me anything about dogs' behaviour, enrol into my dog class or just write something about you and you furry friend,
Love you all
In short some of my professional credentials:
🐾 licensed dog trainer (basic obedience, puppy classes, socialisation, behaviour transformations specialised in dogs' fear and aggression)
🐾 Search and Rescue instructor: air-scent, rubble and Mantrailing
🐾 guide dog instructor (guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired)
🐾 nose work instructor
🐾 participant in AAA and AAT groups with the special interest in R.E.A.D. programme
🐾 Bach Flower Remedies Practitioner
🐾. Cristal Therapy Practitioner
🐾 Master Level Reiki Practitioner
🐾. Tellington TTouch For Dogs user
🐾. author of numerous professional articles about dogs' behaviour, needs etc.
🐾. author of two published books
🐾. founder of the dog school Understanding the dog with live and online classes available to general public