Using the natural language and education system of the wolf family, Shaun and Kim Ellis devised a developmental approach to working with dogs. This approach is used to bring pups into adulthood as balanced animals but also to work with vulnerable, difficult dogs and repair disruptions, firstly understanding their behaviour, then opening the lines of communication where the behaviour can be changed to create a harmony with them and their families.
Behavioural support for;
- Adult dogs
- Young dogs
We support you in learning about the emotional and social development relevant to a dogs social character and age. We also help you to understand a dogs difficult or troubling behaviour as communication.
Every dog will get an individual plan. You will be given suggestions for activities and strategies to support you to implement the plan. We can review the dogs progress at regular intervals and assess and monitor their progress.
Find out what your dogs social character is and how this affects their behaviour
Each dog is born with their own natural identity, we call this their social character. It is this character that enables them to do a specific role within the family. Wolves will keep their natural social character throughout their lives (with the exception of some cases in captivity), however dogs will often associate other characters. It is the associated characters that will cause us the concern over behaviours. Our dogs natural social character will determine how they deal with the world around them, each one having different needs and requiring a different approach from us.
Learn the natural language of your dog
Throughout all of our sessions we will gradually introduce you to your dogs natural language, which will enable you to communicate more effectively. You will learn about body postures, areas of communication, ear positions, chemical language, the questions and answers during interaction, how dogs see us, what they need from us at any given point
Social development (not what we know as “socialising”)
The way in which the wolves develop their family socially leaves nothing to chance, all aspects are taken care of to ensure that each animal moves through the developmental stages (circles of development) in the right way and at the right time for optimal learning - "stage not age"
We replicate this method with our domestic dogs so that each dog is educated according to their identity and stage of learning. Our own teaching dogs help to work at each of these stages, teaching lessons that are not yet known, but also repairing disruptions caused by trauma.
This includes learning about;
- Their own kind (different breeds, social characters, ages)
- The environment
Pup and young dog educational support & understanding
These courses can either be a single pup or a small group of complementary pups
Single pup - This begins with the family (including dog) meeting us at the centre to find out his/her social identity. The sessions will give the family all the information and tools necessary to understand their dog and understand his/her behaviours as communication. Our teaching dogs will facilitate their learning at each stage that they move through. cementing the work being done at home by the family.
Groups - The groups are selected so that we have pups that complement each other socially. The pups will be taken through their developmental stages as a group, accompanied by our teaching dogs.
Some of the topics covered within both of these options include;
- Social Characters
- Emotional regulation and calming
- Bite inhibition
- The words of communication
- Toilet training - what scent means to our dogs
- Social interaction between dogs
- Consequence of behaviours (later in the course)
Multi dog households – creating harmony within the existing family or selecting the right character to add to the family
Dogs are family animals, born to be part of group and many people are now choosing to have multiple dogs in their home. Having more than one dog can be difficult, it can be made more difficult by us choosing characters that socially clash rather than complement!
The wolf family exists in harmony with one another because each individual has a need for the other and they do not have members that are socially competitive. The domestic dogs do not get this choice.
- We can help you to understand the animals that you have within your group, the jobs they do and why you may be experiencing difficulties
- How to create a need in one another
- Choosing a new member that will create or add to the harmony in your existing family