Posted by jennifer on January 22, 2013 in Las Vegas Base.
I'm sorry it's taken me a while to write a blog. I moved out here to Los Angeles and didn't expect things would take off so quickly but they have and I am so grateful...
Instead of living in a tent in below freezing weather next to a steam or a barn listening to horses eat hay and kick the side walls of their stalls at night, I have re-adjusted to life in the city.
I now have clients who call me with wolf-dogs in Beverly Hills to German Shepherds who are becoming trained for Schutzhund competitions. The average day is filled with traffic, good people and all sorts of dogs, wolf-dogs and even wildlife issues.
I remembered when I first moved here and every noise kept me up at night from the buzzing of motorcycles to street lights going on and off. Now I sleep like a baby with no problems whatsoever.
The most amazing thing has happened however- I have been able to bring all my research, work with horses and wolves and observations of life from other places back to my clients here. It has truly been a great adventure and one that is ever evolving every day.
Los Angeles has introduced me to some wonderful people and I believe I have the best clients in the world here! I'm so excited to see where things go... Although my heart has never left remote places like the backcountry in Colorado, I feel very blessed as I approach my official first year in L.A. as of Feb.1st!
Thank you for reading this and I look forward to posting more blogs on an average basis to keep you posted of new training tips, techniques and tools from the front lines in working side by side with our four legged friends :-)
Wishing you all my best,
Posted by jennifer on June 9, 2012 in .
Throughout history, our beloved friends who sit on our living room floors originated from a highly intelligent and social creature- the wild wolf. Since initiating a long study into wolf behavior, my philosophy and work with dogs has changed tremendously. I have found that by treating domestic dogs more like the animals they originated from, I have been able to solve and prevent severe behavioral problems from occurring with tremendous success.
With this said, I have unleashed a new class program that fits this model perfectly. We are now holding classes at the Healthy Spot stores in Los Angeles with tremendous success. For those of you who would like private sessions as well, I can come into your living room and teach you what wolves have taught me about their relative the dog.
Sign up today for this exciting opportunity and become part of the wolf pack!
6 WEEK CLASSES Starting: Sunday June 17th, 2012
Location: Healthy Spot: West Hollywood
8525 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 657-2400
Survival of the Pack:
6-Week K-9 Kindergarten Course
from 9 A.M.-10 A.M.
Domestic Dog: Level 1
6-Week Basic Obedience Course
from 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.
To book, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-890-2811. You may also Register on our homepage of this site, on-line.
Space is limited in ALL Classes & Seminars. Group Classes start at $300 per dog in the Los Angeles area. Other areas may incur travel fees and result in higher cost. A 50% deposit is due at the time of sign up.
Many Howls To You,
It's another afternoon at the dog park. People are chatting up a storm about their beloved pets, telling stories to one another all the while their dogs socilally interact joyfully in different ways.
I stand off to the side observing every interaction- like pictures in a slide show, I record what I see between dogs to file for later use.
My Pit Mix that I rescued from a small animal shelter in Arizona last winter catches my attention. She is over joyed to be there- it's been a week without a dog park visit which is a long stretch for her. She wines looking around for her old best friend Elvis. After realizing he isn't there, she goes up to every dog to instigate play if they are willing.
She wants so badly to be chased- a game that Elvis & her used to play all the time. She could care less if a dog is being chased but if they will chase her, her life will be complete.
Why do dogs love to play chase? Have you ever wondered why children love to play chase or maybe why so many of our sports revolve around simaler games that involve chase?
The reason may be because we are no different than dogs in some ways.
The game of chase is at it's fundemental level, a game to practice moves in mamals to help us to survive. Whether you are the predator or prey, you have developed these skills to assit you in times of danger or simply to receive your next meal.
Both dogs and humans feel joy in the game of chase. Ironically, the same joy we feel in playing a game can come from the same place of fear or pursuit on the other side of the coin.
It's a natural instinct for children and young dogs to play this game as this is the time when wolves and other animals are most likely to be prey. It's also a time to learn these fundemental skills that can serve us for life.
As I look inward to all my experiences of watching animals play, I remember that we are no different and that our natural paths are the same.
On the way home, I pass a soccer match going on between adults and I remember a dog in the dog park chasing a large ball. The dog with the ball growls to another dog to stay away. The man on the feild aggressively pushes his opponent to the side. The bodies are different but the instinct is the same...
Posted by jennifer on February 22, 2012 in .
I have finally settled into my new residence in Los Angeles. It's close enough to the city but still gives me the comfort of nature living near the beach :-)
This month we kicked off the first series of wolf-related classes as it pertains to the domestic dog. The response I'm getting has been really positive so I'm excited to continue to carry this information further, to fellow city dwellers.
We sold out the first two Spirit of the Wolf: Basic Obedience courses and are getting ready to kick off another series in March. Things are already getting very busy for me out here and aside from unpacking, I haven't even had time to go surfing!
The dogs are enjoying the warm weather and have had some fun walks down to the beach but there's no rest for the weary because business out here is booming.
I'm looking forward to helping my Los Angeles friends- both 4 legged and two legged live happier lives together and what a fantastic opportunity to share my knowledge here about wolves :-)
See you soon and many woofs!
All my best,
Posted by jennifer on January 20, 2012 in .
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4TH GENERATION, CELEBRITY DOG TRAINER RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES TO USE WOLF RESEARCH TO SOLVE BEHAVIORAL ISSUES IN DOMESTIC DOGS
Wolf Psychology Allows Jennifer McCarthy to Better Understand the Motivations of Dogs
LOS ANGELES (January 20th, 2012) -- After initiating a six-year study into wolf behavior, fourth generation dog trainer Jennifer McCarthy has unveiled a new training philosophy, designed to teach people how to relate to their dogs as wolves. By treating domestic dogs more like the animals they originated from, McCarthy has found that she has been able to solve and prevent severe behavioral issues from occurring.
McCarthy's wolf research has taken her to both Mission: Wolf, a remote wolf sanctuary in Westcliffe, Colorado, as well as Yellowstone National Park where she has gained an in-depth understanding of wolf behavior. McCarthy, known as "The Wolf Woman" co-starred with Cesar Milan in a 1 hr. special on National Geographic's Emmy nominated series, The Dog Whisperer regarding her work with wolf-dogs.
McCarthy notes that while wolves are extremely dangerous animals, they also have a number of parallels with common domestic dogs and can provide important lessons on how to interact with animals facing severe behavioral issues or those that have previously been branded as uncontrollable by their owners.
McCarthy has already begun to instill her research learnings into a partnership with local pet store chain- Healthy Spot (www.healthyspotonline.com) in their Santa Monica & West Hollywood stores. Two courses- Survival Of the Pack (for puppies under 6 months) & Spirit of the Wolf (for dogs over 6 months) are being offered and slated to start on February 11th & 12th, 2012. The six week courses base her knowledge and research with wolves into teaching human dog owners how to better understand their pets.
"As I study wolves in the wild and get more and more into my research, I have been able to apply their communication style to domestic dogs, thus giving me unbelievable success and knowledge into who these creatures truly are," said Jennifer McCarthy. "This research not only helps us solve severe behavioral issues in dogs, but has the potential to lead to new training techniques for other general behavior issues as well."
A sample of Jennifer's training tips for dog owners which are based on her wolf research include:
Hunt, Kill, Chase: Always exercise your dog prior to feeding them. Do not allow "free feeding" and feed your dogs within rank of pecking order if you have multiple dogs. Always eat first (or pretend you are eating something) and never leave the smell of food on the ground even if you have cleaned out the bowl. The bowl is a resource to your dog just as much as food is.
Stress: Eliminate it. The dominant pair in a wolf pack take on more stress then any other members of the pack, but maintain a calm disposition. Owners should replicate this behavior by showing fearlessness, control, attitude, leadership and direction. By doing this, your dogs will lead more relaxed and content lives. If dogs feel stressed, they can become defensive, aggressive, nervous, anxious or even run.
Teach your dog to accept potential new members: Be in control of your social position. You should be the only one acting aggressive to potential new pack members - not your dog. If you ignore other dogs at the dog park or while on a walk, you show leadership to your canines. If you maintain a leadership position in these instances and decide when they should meet another dog and when not to, your dog will feel more secure.
Don't talk to your dog like a human. If you want to make a point, growl. If you feel silly, watch a video on wolves and mimic the way they talk to one another. Dogs and wolves second form of communication is through their body. If you communicate through your body language and learn theirs, this will give you a direct link into actually speaking their language.
Control: A true leader controls everything, including space. If your dog bothers you in the kitchen, claim the space as your own and teach them to stay out. If your dog runs away when you take them in the front yard, correct this by teaching them the importance of staying with the pack.
On the Leash: It is important for the owner to lead the pack while on walks, as they are in the dominant position simply by providing food, shelter, water and decision making skills. However, dominant wolves only lead 78% of the time, so it's ok to give your dog a break every now and then.
Territorial marking: The more your dog marks (or uses the bathroom) around your neighborhood, the higher his confidence goes, so you may or may not want to encourage it depending on your dog's temperament.
McCarthy has found that by teaching her clients wolf behavior, it has truly bridged the gap into solving behavior problems with remarkable results. "These domestic animals sitting in our living rooms want nothing more than to be part of a family, work and hunt for food, play and have leadership just like their ancestors did," added McCarthy. "When this takes place, I have seen dogs in their happiest moments and that's why I do the work I do, to see the light in their eyes and freedom in their soul."
About Jennifer McCarthy
Jennifer McCarthy, "Wolf Woman" (www.jmdogtraining.com) is a fourth generation dog trainer who has trained the canine companions of exclusive television, film, and music celebrities and influential business executives for more than sixteen years. McCarthy is skilled in a wide variety of fields including: obedience, behavior, protection, training for television and print, trick training, Schutzhund and American Kennel Club (AKC) handling. She has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, Bravo, E! Entertainment Television, ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox. McCarthy is currently writing a book about her time in the Rockies living with two wolves and three dogs. She is constantly doing an on-going study of wolf behavior, which she applies back to domestic dogs. Her work with wildlife and nature is the foundation in which inspires her to use knowledge from different animals to think "out of the box" and invent new techniques.
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