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Dog World magazine are holding a conference aimed at breed rescue societies and general rescue on the 21st of January. Jan will be the main speaker at this event where every aspect of dog rescue will be covered.
The venue is the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh on Saturday, January 21st 2012.
Anyone wishing to attend this event should contact Geraldine at the address below:
After a hectic November. Courses in Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark (many thanks to those who helped organise them), and to finish off the month a full-on weekend in which I sandwiched my first ever talk in France with two birthday parties for my good mate Pascal. Maybe staying up until 6am was not the best way to prepare for a 3 hour talk in French, but when I saw the hall fill up (extra chairs were brought in) I got all the energy I needed to get over 150 French people enthused about the Dog Listening process. 2012 already looks like the right time to start courses here, both in French and English. After all, I am not the only Brit living over here... We are everywhere!
Being able to understand and communicate in another language meant that I was able to successfully get the message across (even if I did make the occasional gaffe). If I had used the traditional British way of speaking a foreign language - to shout in English - it would not have gone so well. It is no different with dogs. Once you understand their language, their behaviour is easily explained, and - more importantly - you know how to give the right answers to their questions. The great thing about Amichien Bonding is that we already know the dog's language. All that has happened is that we have forgotten how to do it. That's where AB comes in.
Even the word "Amichien" is a great example of this idea. Taking the French for "friend" and "dog" and sticking them together shows that when you understand the language, it is obvious.
OK, time to listen to whale song with the lights out - I have a short time to recover before I head off to Australia once more to give our new Safe Handling course, as well as an Aggression course and the Foundation course too. Phew - just looking at that has made me tired.
ONE DAY SAFETY AND HANDLING COURSE FOR PROFESSIONALS
The purpose of this one day course is to equip dog professionals (veterinary practices, rescue centre volunteers, groomers, etc.) with an effective protocol in order to safely deal with all dogs. Risk assessment of improper handling of dogs, and equally importantly the best way to interact with owners will be addressed. Attendees will receive a Safety & Handling support pack at the end of the course, together with a comprehensive concept of relevant Risk Management.
This first course will be held in Perth, Western Australia and hosted by Tony Knight.
For more information, or to book, call 0409 582 2120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Aggression Workshop
Following all the recent media furore in Australia surrounding Dog Aggression, Tony Knight has decided to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions associated with this problem.
Tony will be holding a three hour seminar at the Newton Vet Clinic in Geelong, Victoria on the 15th December showing the the truth about "Dog Aggression" and the correct way to deal with it.
Tickets are $27 and can be booked on 0409 854 120
A Special Evening
There is only one thing just as precious than having good family and friends and that is getting these special people together. Last night, in front of an audience of a thousand people, Monty Roberts took private time with my very good friends Wendy and John. They were one of the first to see Monty demonstrate "Equus" at Stoneleigh in 1989. The following year Monty "started"! their 2 year old filly, which changed their lives forever. As for me, Wendy suggested that I too see this amazing process, which started my brilliant journey into finding the language of the dog and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now as I ride with Wendy we have to smile, as who would have thought that our friendship would result in me now teaching my courses at the home of my friends Monty and Pat in California and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped me along the way. I am so lucky.
Our first Foundation Course to be held at Monty Roberts' Flag is up Farms was a great success with everyone who attended having an enjoyable, as well as informative, experience. All of the students on the course were very enthusiastic and keen to learn as much about Amichien® Bonding as they possibly could. Such enthusiasm always makes these courses a joy to teach for Jan.
The visit was also a chance for Jan to meet and socialise with, U.S. based DLs; Penny Locke and Louise Pay, who sat in on the course to refresh their knowledge. The third DL to "sit in"; Karina Rasmussen came all the way from Denmark to attend this event. (Coincidence that Solvang was holding a Danish weekend? We're not sure, she didn't say.)
One added bonus for those who attended was the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Monty and Pat Roberts who took time out from extremely busy schedules to make them feel welcome. The students also got to meet the famous star of film and TV, Shy Boy who most of you will know from hearing Jan speak about him on talks and courses. Shy boy illustrates perfectly how, when the correct methods of working with animals are used, the desired response can be achieved, without using cruelty, violence or gadgets, even with non- domestic animals.
Following the success of this course, Monty and Pat have agreed to us returning twice next year, so watch the Courses pages for upcoming dates.
Thanks to Karina Rasmussen for the photo.
After walking with my dogs yesterday morning, I was given a parcel containing a super oil canvas created from my favourite photo of Jen, who died 2 months ago. The artist has completely captured her and the joy of the moment, as we ventured out in the deep snow last winter, bringing to life again the amazing memory of watching her having such a wonderful time.
I want to thank Shane for commissioning this beautiful gift and all who contributed to its creation and want you to know that I will treasure this always.
China Publishes - The Practical Dog Listener & A Dog's Best Friend
Some good news this week is that after the success of The Dog Listener in Simplified Chinese our Chinese publishers 'Orient Brainpower Media Co' have now taken a second and third book, The Practical Dog Listener and A Dog's Best Friend.
SPREADING THE WORD
"Amichien Bonding" comes to China
First published in the UK and USA in the year 2000 "The Dog Listener" has become available in over 35 Countries, with the most recent being China.
The message that there really is a kinder and highly successful way of working with dog that everyone can do for themselves, in the privacy of their own homes gains in popularity, as it responds to the very heart of all loving dog owner and carers.
The Korean translation is now in the process of being published.
Jan's thoughts on the Dangerous Dog Act
The "Dangerous Dog Act" is based on the misguided, traditional belief that it is the breed of a dog that determines the personality or traits and is responsible for the misery of so many dogs and their owners. This belief results in certain breeds of dog being considered dangerous and even banned in areas, districts, even countries and, whilst I fully respect and accept that the thinking of the relevant authority is to protect the safety of its citizens, it would be much better if real truth and informed advice was sort, especially when we consider that the steps taken to eliminate any danger to people is unsuccessful and no matter how many times the legislation is altered, reformed or changed the fact that the whole premise is wrong will absolutely prevent any real change.
Another sad outcome of such legislation is that, presented with any situation associated with the "law", a council will take (what they consider to be) the appropriate decision which causes others to suffer physically and this is usually an innocent victim, a dog. A further question that arises from these legal procedures is who is qualified to assess the temperament of a dog? Are they aware that removing a dog from the family that it loves and placing it in an isolated, confined space will affect its "normal" behaviour? This makes it totally impossible to make any judgement on the actual nature of the dog.
Blaming a breed is like insisting that it is inferior, aggressive or problematic in some way - this would not be tolerated in humanity. The truth is that all dogs respond to the influence of their owners and that some owners are drawn to the appearance of specific dogs and that alone is where the real problem lies.
Once we accept to blame the "deed and not the breed" then the situation becomes much easier to work with; a loving pet who has difficulties adapting to the society in which it find itself (this will be displayed by the dog in the only language it understands), then there appears to be no reason for any authority to become involved. It is the duty of all dog owners to take responsibility for any situation that their dog becomes involved in, a quick and just resolution can be agreed on quickly, instead of leaving a miserable dog left abandoned in less than ideal conditions for an extensive period of time, as anything over three months is an eternity in a lifetime that spans approximately 10 years. The Amichien® Bonding process enables owners to understand their dogs from a canine perspective, therefore, allowing owners to feel comfortable accepting responsibility for this family member.
It will be a bold and informed Government or Council that decides to take the right step towards success; to learn from their mistakes and lead others to a real solution.