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Beyond Dog Training

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Since dogs aren't Robots, they can't be programmed like software to all behave exactly the same way. Every Dog is an Individual. To get the best from your dog, learn to See the Dog in front of you.






Do you ever look at your dog and wonder WHY they do the things they do? WHY do they bark non-stop at everything they see out the window? WHY do they get a sudden urge to race around the living room every night? WHY do they jump all over you and your house guests? WHY do they growl when you walk past them while they are chewing a bone, even though you aren't even thinking about taking it away? WHY do they come to you when you call them in your yard but not anywhere else?

The answers to all those questions are in your dog's L.E.G.S.®!

L. = LEARNING, your dog's Experience and Education.

E. = ENVIRONMENT, the many aspects of his external world

G. = GENETICS, the DNA that designed him, inside and out

S. = SELF, his unique interior world: health, development, age, sex, and individuality

Training for pet dogs has historically focused only on L., ignoring the other L.E.G.S.® But L. is only one piece of the puzzle. The other 3 L.E.G.S.® have gotten too little attention, and there are more Dogs out of BALANCE as a result. All 4 L.E.G.S.® are equally important.  

"Behavior Problems" are often NORMAL responses to L.E.G.S.® that are out of Balance. Family Dog Mediation® goes Beyond Dog Training to look at all 4 L.E.G.S.® for a happy, Balanced Dog.

Read the book Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophey, creator of the L.E.G.S.® model, to learn more about understanding your dog's L.E.G.S.®

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The 5 Freedoms
of Animal Welfare

  1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

  2. Freedom from Discomfort

  3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease

  4. Freedom to express Normal Behavior

  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

Brambell's five freedoms have been adopted as the basic standard in zoos, farms, and animal shelters.

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