Aggressive Dog Rehab Shelter Dog | Solid K9 Training

So, what you witnessed was this dog rushing out of the kennel breaking free from two kennel workers. You can see that the dog is highly agitated and pretty soon you’re gonna see this dog start jumping up and it nips people’s clothing and it nips
people’s arms it grabs the chain. Here we go, right there. So that’s a dangerous behavior for a dog to have, Now, you know I don’t fault the kennel workers for this at all. They just don’t know how to handle this behavior. So they’re trying to get the leash away from the dog but they’re actually agitation the dog. This is very very dangerous, having your hands near an open mouth. So ,obviously their matching the dogs
energy & when it comes to this you actually have to be calm. This dog right now is actually pulling & dragging the kennel worker back, back, back. So this is a big game for the dog. There’s no way a dog like this is going to get adopted out. They told me after this was shot that this was a good day. So this is not the worst they actually see. Interesting. Now what you’re seeing is a dog drag the owner, oh sorry, the kennel staff out to the play area and bingo, the best reward ever… So all of that nonsense there’s the reward. He gets to play. So this is typical of what happens in a
lot of households & in a lot of shelters the dogs act like crazy fools and then they’re reward is this. The dog gets to run around, the dog gets to play with it’s ball. The problem I have with this is they are keeping the dog in an agitated state. The goal of all dog ownership, but especially shelter dogs we don’t want them in this agitated state. Because, what are they gonna do? They jump. Nip. Bite. Bark. They have separation issues, or they could start going Cage Crazy (Kennel Crazy). So, it’s important that we training these dogs how to be calm. Obviously this dog does not know any commands So, I would consider this dog badly obedient and also badly behaved. Now, uh… this volunteer is going to come in trying to get the dog to come to her because we want to go for a structured walk to see what a structured walk looks like. So, obviously we’re seeing massive disrespect. The dog could obviously care less that the kennel volunteer, shelter volunteer is even there. The dog’s in it’s own world. To me, this is not happiness. This is not the ideal life or the way you’d want the dog to be. Ya, the dog is having a great time right now. An awesome time. But the volunteers is having a miserable time. She finally got a hold of him and then, boom, right there! That’s really dangerous behavior! Right there! That’s the kind of behavior that gets dogs killed. Opening up the gate, the dog comes rushing out. And then look, it starts jumping all over everybody. Everybody! So, this is a probably about seventy
pound Pit. Which I do not consider this dog the least bit aggressive. This is a non-aggressive dog. But, it cannot be doing this. This is the kind of nonsense that gets
dogs killed all the time. Chances are … and look what it’s doing right now. It’s dragging this person. Really, just bully behavior. The dog is being a total A-hole. But the problem is they don’t have the
tools uh… or the information or the knowledge. So this behavior right here is really very dangerous. This is the kind of stuff that the dog
ends up making contact with somebody and biting them. They’ve had trainers come in, staff come in… nobody can handle this dog. It’s important to note that they have been trying to work with this dog for a few months and… The most important thing is calmness with these dogs. Allowing a dog to come out with high energy is not happiness to the dog. It’s actually going to get the dog killed. We should never be allowing these dogs to come out of these kennels all adrenalized, but also jumping on us and biting our arms. That will get them killed. There’s a couple of different things we can do. We can use just a basic slip lead. The goal is that I can not have this dog jumping. So this is air, all it is is compressed air. Right, it’s not a chemical at all. It’s literally just air. This is a great tool that actually, every dog owner and shelter worker should have because when he was jumping on us, if we could just go like that, he would stop jumping. So, again, it’s all about controlling the energy. We need to be able to get this dog to learn that all that nonsense is not going to get the dog out. So, also it’s dangerous. If he came running out here off leash, I know he doesn’t fight with dogs but that could end up with a dog fight. If it was a smaller dog, he could break it’s neck. So, what we want to do is to put a slip lead on him. It’s all about energy. Slip lead’s on the dog. This dog is going to learn without any words to not rush out of this crate. If we are going up to these crates and we’re giving them “Oh look at you!”, we’re giving him food, or trying to give him a pet. Unfortunately it makes us feel goof but it doesn’t help the dog any. I am not saying to never pet the dog, or not give it food, but this dog has a habit of rushing out of here and biting, nipping, and mouthing people. This dog is going to learn that just because the gate is open- Close. He’s going to learn by default that he’s not going to rush my gate. Now look at that. Eye contact. No that I care that much but he’s looking at me saying “What do you want me to do now Jeff?” and I’ll say “Thank you for asking.” So, I’ve got a dog now, that I have not technically spoken with verbally, that I am getting to be much calmer. Open up the gate, Look at that! So instead now of his default behavior being rushing out, it’s “What do you want me to do now Jeff?” Very Nice. Open Gate. Close Gate. He backed up on his own. Open gate… Ah- “What do you want me to do now Jeff?” “Thanks for asking.” This is huge. Believe it or not, I know you only want me to work with this dog, but every dog in the shelter should be let out just like this. It’s going to bring down the adrenaline in the shelter. It’s going to bring down the energy in the shelter. And it will bring down any safety risks. Look at that. See, he made his own decision right now, not to come out. This is a really bully dog, he’s pushy, he’s braty, he bites at the leash, he nips at peoples clothing. But now we have a dog, that I’m not using any words And he’s trying to get away from me. But I’m not gonna let him. He’s not trying to get away from me because he’s scared, I assure you, this is not a fearful dog. He’s trying to get away from me because he’s like “Holy S%#@! I guess this guy is running the show. I should listen to him.” Look at that, beautiful. Nice & calm. Now… NOW he’s allowed to come out. So, now I’ll say “Let’s go” Now, when he comes out though, ok… Let’s see what his behavior is now when he comes out. Now, again, when he comes out, what I’m going to do is I’m not going to leave this area. No dog is going to be allowed to drag me around. All I’m doing, (Can I walk past?) Yep. So all I’m gonna do is keep him here until I get the same energy that I got in there. We had calming energy in there. So, I’m looking for calming energy here. I’m looking for this dog to make the decision. I’m not gonna talk to him I’m talking to you guys. So look that. Loose leash. This dog is like “what do you want me to do Jeff?” Thanks for asking. No jumping, no mouthing, Why am I not getting jumping & mouthing? Because my adrenaline mode is lower. Does that make sense? When you get a dog all excited, what do dogs do? Nip, bite, jump, bark, and some some suffer from separation anxiety. When you have a dog that is kept at a low level, ok now if he jumps up on me I’m just gonna give him a quick squirt of air. I’m not mad at him, I’m not upset at him, I’m not angry with him. He has to know that the split-second of him jumping- it’s wrong. But, I’m not going to throw him back in his kennel. And I am sure as heck not going to reward him by taking him out to the play area! That’s the worst thing you guys could do. But everybody does it & it works. Everyone’s like “Oh, Jeff, when we get out there, he stops jumping.” Of course. So, in a way, your like the lesser of two evils. Right now, going back in. Do you guys say Kennel Up or let’s Go? Or anything like that? (No.) (Inside.) Ok well, you should give it a command. Let’s give it a command. Kennel Up (Kennel Up) Eventually though believe it or not you’re gonna leave this door open, walk over there, walk back and this dog won’t come out. This dog is not allowed out of here without permission. I don’t care if the door is open or not. So, now we have a dog that’s been acting like a total A-hole for the longest time. Look at this! Calm. Eye contact. Not that I care about eye contact But it’s always nice to see. That I’ve got a dog now, with a door wide open and self-correcting. I’m moving a little bit away, he actually thought about it but is now moving back in. Now, I’m gonna say Let’s Go. Have him come out. He’s going to learn, though he’s going to learn what to do when he comes out, because he’s so used to acting like a total A-hole. Now we’ve got a dog that is just hanging out. I corrected him right now for biting the leash. You don’t bite leashes. You do not bite leashes. #1 these things cost me $13 a piece. Alright. And he could bite through the leash and end up running away. Now what I want to do, I’m not going to tell him to S-I-T. Again, you wait to get out of this threshold, you come out, and you’re calm. And then you drop to a sit, why? Well, maybe I have to talk to a kennel worker maybe I have to talk to a volunteer, or maybe I have 5 volunteers each taking out a dog, doing the same thing, and all of us stand here like this. Wow. Wouldn’t that be great if we had 5 volunteers lined up with calm dogs. Now, calmness gets you outside. Again, I’m just using a basic slip lead. Which is causing a lot less trauma than chocking on his flat buckle collar. No high pitched voices. I’m not telling him he’s good. The dog’s on death row he ain’t that good. The fact that I’m working with him is a reward. That fact that I took a dog that was way up here on the adrenaline threshold and got him here… If you’ve ever suffered from panic attacks, or deperssion if somebody can help you, that’s a heck of a reward. It’s awesome. You just have to be careful when doing this, watch out where your face is. Because dogs, if he nips at a t-shirt and gets the face that will get him killed. (Yeah that’s what he’s done.) Yes. That’s why you have to be very careful. No baby talk. No food. No Praise. Kennel Up. So, believe it or not, this is exercise, you don’t even have to go to the play yard. (This is mental stimulation) Yes. I wouldn’t put this dog in the play yard for the next week. I would do This to this. This to this. Until every single person has him calm. Because if we can’t control a dog here, you ain’t controlling the dog out there. So then again, open up the kennel.. a little farther this time. “What do you want me to do Jeff?” Awesome stuff! Loose leash. I’m not telling him Stay, or to Wait. This is awesome stuff. This is learning moments. This is what will keep the dog alive. So imagine if this was a car door, or a house door, it’s all the same. So I have a dog now, that on it’s own, is being told not to come out. (Can I ask you a quick question?) Please. (So, obviously there’s been a state of panic in our state of mine.) You guys are nervous! You’re really nervous! (I’m line…) I know you are, but you’re nervous. Which gets me bit. So if you care about me, stop being nervous. (Well, that’s the thing. How do you get to that happy place where… you know?) (Because it’s mostly about us getting there first.) You have to be really confident in your abilities. (Ok.) I have zero fear of dogs. Massive respect, zero fear. If I am afraid of this dog, I’m screwed. If I’m afraid of a dog I get bit. If you’re afraid, I’m gonna get bit…I get bit. Because with the dog it’s going to be like, “You’re afraid? I better start biting things.” (Yeah) And he ain’t going after you, he going after me. The point of this exercise is calmness. (Yeah.) The worst thing is {using high voice} “Look at you Brick, I missed you!” Great… Jump. Bite. Nip. (I’ve never had any success getting them (to S-I-T with) ( just that little pressure in the back. With my two fingers…) (So I assume I’m pressing in the wrong spot, or…?) Are you using your whole hand? When you do, the dog fights you? (Well, I’ve tried the two fingers.) Two fingers right here. Can sit. So Pressure Up, and Pressure Down. (OK) Almost like a pendulum. Like that. We will eventually take the fingers away. So, Clover, who’s 8 can drop 100 pound dogs. (Right. Ok. ) It’s not strength. We can never ever out strength a Pit Bull. (Yeah.) No part of their body, no part of their mouth. It’s got to all be technique. This is a big difference from when you guys took him out. But this is the… This is what I’m all about. This is what Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training is all about. Calmness. What it’s all about. If you get this, you can do anything. This dog could be fully trained in 6 one hour sessions. Fully off-leash trained. So, I don’t really care how you do it, but it’s a disservice to let this dog jump, bite, drag. So, look what we’re getting here. I still haven’t said anything to this dog and he’s just like alright. I’m just hanging out with this guy. And if he breaks, we just have to be patient with the dog. So sort come back like this, push up, push down. (I honestly don’t think he’s ever done that in his life for anybody.) NO. (No.) It’s sort of hard for all dogs. It’s hard. (Ya.) That’s when everyone is screaming to sit, dah, dah, dah. So, here we are, you guys are wrangling him and what you think he thinks is happening is well, I’m being wrangled so I better calm down. No. No. No. No. Wrangling the dog elevates them. Calmness… calmness. All about calmness. I’m not yanking, or yelling. It’s all about calmness. (Even just his energy in the kennel is so different.) Yeah. (He’s content) Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. (*dog barks in another part of the room*) Same protocol. And we’ll see what happens. I’m gonna have him come out. Same default stuff. (His attention) (Oh my god.) So Ive’ got the slip lead on as a safety. Which I encourage everybody to do. And then the prong on to the leather leash. The leather leash The leather leash… the prong will kick in first. It’s all protocol. The last thing you need is a jumping, lunging, nipping pit bull running around your property. So now we start walking. We’re going to see some objections possibly. And the reason why we see objections is he is objecting to the … It’s an objection to all the nonsense he’s not allowed to do. Remember all that stuff in the beginning? (Uh-huh.) He can’t do that now. So what’s he gonna do? Object. I don’t wanna eat my broccoli. I don’t want to go to bed. It’s all the same nonsense. So He’s going to learn that that doesn’t work. You can be a little concerned about me, but I’m very concerned about you. Because you could end up dead. (Yeah.) (Everybody’s very concerned about him.) Yeah, yeah. Nobody likes to talk about it except for me. Default S-I-T. I’m not gonna tell the dog to sit. Let’s go. He’s not allowed to sniff. He’s not allowed to mark. He’s not allowed to pull. Ok So the weird concept of this is people are gonna see this, and they’re gonna think he looks sad. Do you really think a pulling dog is happiness? In my book, that is stress & anxiety. (Completely and he’s full of anxiety.) Yes, very full. So what we do is, take away all that nonsense and we get this. So look at this. Loose leash. This is what I’m looking for. Right there. Right there. So when he was dragging you on a flat buckle collar, he was causing massive damage to his neck. So this right here, he’s behind me. Which means what? There zero pressure. A dog that’s in follow mode, look at this. There’s no pressure at all on him. And even if there was, not that I care, but there’s no pressure. So look at this, we’ve gone from a dog who’s been dragging us down the street to a dog that’s in follow mode. And obviously this is the first time walking him, but… it’s not the smoothest thing. Look at this. Always loose. So, I’m just giving him information. Information. He was giving us information before.(Plenty of it.) The information was F U. I really don’t care about you. I’m giving him the information, saying, you know what, I need you to be a little bit more laid back. Here we go. That’s what we’re doing. Ok, calmness. This guy hasn’t jumped on me, well he did once I think. Calmness, calmness. This is better for a dog’s mind as
well. (That’s an adoptable dog.) This like I said. Six days, fully off-leash trained. Right. (We need to start a Save Brick Fund) I don’t know how long you’ve been working with him, but whatever you’ve been doing, it’s
obvious it ain’t working. (*dogs barking*) So now we have a dog with better state of mind. Much better state of mind. Much better state of mind. (He’s not panting like he usually is, his eyes aren’t bulging out of his head like they usually are.) Well they pull on a flat buckle collar. I’ve seen dogs choke themselves out as well as throw up. How good can that be? So people have to remember a tool not to get into a tool conversation but what tool seems good for us isn’t necessarily good for the dog. And vice versa. Again results speak, results speak volumes. Show me results and I’ll start listening to you. That’s all i care about. But a dog shouldn’t take six months six weeks
to walk on a leash. Six seconds. Very loose, no pressure on the dog. No we’re gonna come to a stop. You’re going to walk the dog. All right So confidence. Pop for information. There we go. Give him some more information. Good. Good. So all you’re doing is, giving him information. You’re just saying, you’re interrupting. You know what, I’ve got to interrupt that
forward motion because I can’t have you doing it. Because if you do that you start dragging me. He’s a little bit ahead of you. There we go. Get him on the other side. There you go, swing him around. Yup. There you go. i would choke up a little on the leash. There you go. Right there. Good. Good Job. Anytime he starts going past your leg, you want to
interrupt that. So, we’re not correcting him. We’re just interrupting him. ‘Cause minimal pressure is not a
correction, it’s an interruption. There’s a big difference, if he goes to lump on me I correct. If he goes to bite me, I correct. He moves a little forward, I just interrupt it, that’s all. It’s no different than any other training
modality. Except it works. So he’s nice and calm now. Every walk of every dog on this property should look like this. If he gets along with other dogs, he should be going on pack walks. Two dogs, three dogs. So if you have dogs that are good with other dogs… Look how he ignores those barking dogs. Good. (*barking*) Let’s head back in. Is that the best way? Ok let’s head in. You’re gonna kennel him up. Now have him come out. (Let’s go.) Good job, now get him into a calm state next to you. There you go. Spin him around & get him next to you. You got it. Straight body Nice and relaxed, right? You’re not nervous, not anxious. Very relaxed, arms are nice and relaxed. The body. You’re breathing is relaxed. Dogs are mirrors. So,if a dog is breathing to fast, we slow our breathing down. Ok? You match it. So if the dog is nervous and tense, we
relax even more. So if we use our energy to try to overpower their energy, it won’t
work. (Ya, I’m usually pretty calm and relaxed and I try to get him as calm as can be before I get him out. But once he’s out he’s so anxious, and that makes me anxious. I’m not afraid of him, but my energy gets certainly heightens.) Let’s do that again. He has to learn, leash or no leash, you don’t rush out of these kennels. Alright? You go in your kennel when you’re told. You stay in there until you’re told to come out. No discussion.

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