Dogs are pack animals and must learn how to survive as a pack. A lot of people have a missconception that
because dogs are born into human existence, that would make them humanized. That is not at all true. A dog
will learn to potty outside, will learn not to bark when strangers are at the door, will learn to stay off furniture etc.
A dog will never learn not to eat food out of your hand if you present it to them. They will never learn not to growl if
they feel in danger, and they will never learn to not hide under your deck if in a thunderstorm. Where I am going
with this is, a dogs number one instinct is survival. They will never stop paying attention. A human will say, "I am
a dog owner." A dog will think you are his/her leader. As a leader you will provide three things: food, shelter, and
security. A dog will learn to follow someone they trust to provide them those three things. As the trust of the dog
develops, they will learn to follow the rules which allow the dog to stay in the pack. The rules will start in the
home and later be carried out in the wild. No, a dog does not know English and that is something we will have
to teach. Dogs do communicate though, and that is done mostly through breath and body language. Through
those two things we can show dogs when we are happy, nervous, scared, mad, or satisfied. Understanding
and using the communication of a dog is the best way to go about teaching words of our vocabulary to them.
And through years of consistent repetition of following the rules of the pack, what started as an employee and
employer relationship will turn into a partnership.
Difference in pointing and retrieving/flushing breeds:
Retrieving breeds need to have a direction to be sent every time they leave your side. They need to be
dependent on you at all times. If they go right it is because they were told to go right. If they go left it is because
they were told to go left. And if they go forward it is because they were told to go forward. A pointing dog has to
be dependent on the pack but independent on how they seek game. The decision making process for a
pointing dog should be allowed to be made on their own. All we can do as handlers is manipulate the pointing
dog to make the same decision that you would.