The Little Dog Angel

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THE LITTLE DOG ANGEL
High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels he will not play,
but he sits alone at the gates.
“For I know my master will come” says he,
“and when he comes he will call for me.
“The other angels pass him by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And he watches them with a wistful eye as he sits at the gates alone.
“But I know if I just wait patiently that someday my master will call for me.
“And his master, down on earth below,
as he sits in his easy chair, forgets sometimes,
and whispers low to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks his ears and dreams that his master’s voice he hears.
And when at last his master waits outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel’s bark.

Author: Noah M. Holland

Becoming the ‘Pack Leader’

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BECOMING THE ‘PACK LEADER’
To communicate successfully with our dogs, it is up to us to learn their language,” Jan Fennel
When we adopt either a puppy or an older dog, we invariably set out to care for and train him properly. As soon as possible we join a dog training club where we start obedience training with our best friend. We teach him his name, to sit and stay, to come when called, to walk nicely and many other things. Soon, however, many of us encounter behavioural problems because we were not taught the most important task: how to become the pack leader in the eyes of our dog.
Although we consider our pets to be part of our family, our dogs still believe they are members of a community that operates according to principles directly descended from the wolf pack where pack dynamics ensure the cohesion and survival of the pack. All dogs, regardless of breed, still display the same behaviour patterns drawn from their ancestry. Therefore, should we still think and reason like a human when we want to help a dog? Dog-dog behaviour is quite different to dog-human behaviour. Instead of viewing a dog as one who will conform to our wishes if we give it some training, we should rather view the dog in light of his ancestry.
What will give you the right and rank to lead your dog is to understand your dog’s ancestry and accepting that most of it is instinctive and therefore needs guidance.” John Fisher Read the rest of this entry »




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