Tag Archives: training dogs

Dog Owners Lose Weight?

Dog owners How much weight do you want to lose?

As I get a little older I seem to gain weight a bit easier and it takes a whole lot more work to get rid of it. I am planning on doing a lose weight and train your dog Google hangout. Is anyone interested? It will involve light exercise.

I was told that giving nutritional advice is against the law. So please don’t take anything I say as nutritional advice. If you would like nutritional advice please consult a licensed nutritionist. Any nutritional information at this time is just my personal preference.

I bet what I eat gets better when I start growing my own vegetables.

I suspect finding a time that is good for the majority of people will be difficult.

My friend Cliff Cardin wrote a blog post yesterday about weight loss. Basically the program will follow most of his main points. Cliff says there are four areas he sees as common to all weight loss programs. I think he does mention this information is from popular weight loss books. He’s giving his observation not nutritional advice. Of these four, I plan to focus on three

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and to this I will add eat less processed foods
  2. Consume fewer calories
  3. Exercise

I have never done a program like this before, so for the most part it will be free. Free in that you will not be paying any dollars to me. However, I am thinking of taking donations. What am I charging participants. Well calories of course. It was my idea that participants could donate the calories they are not consuming. These need to be valid and wholesome calories, no junk calories allowed. This means no cookies, candies, or other empty calorie foods. I would actually rather have fewer calories than empty calorie.

Since I am not giving any nutritional advice if you would like to eat more calories and lot and lots of fat I am not going to tell you not to. In fact it will be interesting to see how that works. But then you won’t be able to contribute those calories to someone who really needs them.

There are still a few things that need to be worked out. One is someplace to store all those calories. I’m not going to store them on my belly. One idea is to get a small storage shed to keep at my place. But I don’t have much extra room. There may be a need to find a volunteer who will let me keep a few extra calories at their location. Then it’s a matter of getting or perhaps having someone help us make a storage shed.

There is also some hesitation on my part introducing people to my training drills. There is a good chance no one will actually want to do them. It is a big experiment. It may not even be important if the other parts of the program work for the individual.

I have started reading through much of my writings and have decided I need to rewrite most of the motivational material (meditations). I would say I am not quite ready.

I think I will be picking up my first shed today. This will let me clear my living room of furniture. That is step one to getting my social enterprise, someday nonprofit, started. Step two will either be building my aquaponics garden or getting the storage for surplus food.

There is a chance I will need to start the dog rescue for this project as well. A rescue will take more in the way of dollars. I’m trying to put the rescue off until I become somewhat established.

I am not sure about how I will distribute the donated calories. I suspect I will run into laws and regulations that’ll hamper helping those in need. Do you have any suggestions?

I have recently been thinking that the best way to help people may be to form a church. How do my readers feel about this?

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website
OCDogTraining.com

 

 

 

 

 

Some Goals Of An Intentional Community

I mentioned a few blog posts ago that I want to establish an intentional community, possibly in South East Asia. Its purpose would be multidimensional. First it would support research in breeding and training dogs.

We can learn a lot about societies by observing animals. In this respect it is particularly productive to observe wild, feral, and pet dogs. Here we have a pack of feral dogs sleeping
We can learn a lot about societies by observing animals. In this respect it’s particularly productive to observe wild, feral, and pet dogs. Here we have a pack of feral dogs sleeping

These communities would also have the dual purpose of introducing how to use positive reinforcement as a social strategy. While the training research would be to evaluate the effectiveness of training methods, the community dog training would teach positive reinforcement techniques. Dog training is the perfect vehicle for teaching positive reinforcement as a social strategy. I suspect it will take one or two generations before positive reinforcement can become a social strategy.

What happens when a pack of feral dogs chases the photographer
What happens when a pack of feral dogs chases the photographer

While developing positive reinforcement as a sustainable social strategy is a worthy cause, we’ll also need to develop sustainable economic models. If we look at the historical record and the scientific evidence, it appears competition will become an ever increasing threat to humanity. The threat of hyper competition is the reason we should explore developing cooperative economic models. Then the theory and successes learned about community economic development could be used in developed countries as well.

There may be some theological (political) problems with the research into dog training protocols and developing a positive reinforcement social strategy. I believe this will only be a problem for the casual observer. But then again, most observers are casual. Both of these systems are looking for the truth. We need to know what happens in both types of environments.

In less developed countries less developed technology would be used, but the social rules that make it work should be adaptable to the developed world. There needs to be universal or nearly universal rules if it’s to be useful for the further advancement of humanity. In the beginning these intentional community will need to be imbedded into cultures of tolerance for the proper incubation.

We need to remember that tolerance and the rules governing tolerance are also social strategies. Social rules are made of many intermingled rules and strategies. Some work together better than others. When they complement each other there is a synergy that seems magical. I have to warn everyone, don’t get too wide-eyed with the magic.

I think as a global community we’ll eventually need to develop a culture where being good is valued as much as being wealthy. I could be wrong, it may be that cultures of competition, greed, and hurting other is the only system humans are capable of. Changing our social rules about success will require us to redefine what being successful means.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website
OCDogTraining.com

Thought For The Day Rules Are A Product Of History

A thought for the day
Rules are a product of a history

History 1913 Ford Speedster
History 1913 Ford Speedster

We need to accept that our behavior is a product of the rules we follow. Rules are a product of a history. Our past history is our fate but we can change the future by managing the history of tomorrow, today. We manage today’s behavior and tomorrow’s history by changing and/or adding to our rules.
Andrew Ledford © 2000 – 2012

I'm Cute And I Have Rules
I’m Cute And I Have Rules

This is easily seen when training dogs, but it applies to other areas of life as well. Our dogs are following certain rules and so do the humans in the family. In order to change the dog’s rules, it’s the human’s responsibility to change the rules or add new ones. Changing the rules the dog lives by will require changing or adding to the rules the human lives by.

I was watching a video earlier today that was telling about a time when people held animals accountable for their behavior. This was done much in the manner that we hold people accountable. It even included trials. One interesting bit of information is that in the bible it recommends stoning animals that misbehave. Fortunately I have not known anyone to do that. But it is quite common to kill misbehaving animals.

How we treat animals says as much or more about people than it does about animals.

As always I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
dog training website
OCDogTraining.com

Dogs and Clients A Few Observations About Me

A thought for the day
True virtue, integrity, and happiness is found when serving others.

Custom Training Means Every Dog And Its Owner Is A Celebrity
Custom Training Means Every Dog And Its Owner Is A Celebrity

A few observations about the dogs and people I’ve interacted with over the last few days. After talking to a couple clients today I got to thinking that I try to treat all my clients like celebrities. When I used to work for other people, celebrities would always get customized training programs with little extras. I try to give my best to everyone I work with. I don’t always tell people/clients, but I do very customized training programs and packages. however people need to work at training their dogs, accept the realities of the situation, and cooperate with me.

Am I A Celebrity Dog
Am I A Celebrity Dog

Just getting off the phone with a client and I realize I am not a good business person. Why do I say this? Because, I recommend what I think is really best for the dog and the owner, not what will make me the most money.

Earlier in the week I was talking to a client and they were telling me how their dog was really coming along nicely. It also turns out the people are learning useful skills that can be applied to areas other than dog training.

The important take away from today’s post about “a thought for the day” deserves to be repeated.
True virtue, integrity, and happiness is found when serving others.

I’m still looking for a way to help people discover me online. There is a new reality to getting found online and it is not just creating content. At least not for me. I am working on getting a facility for a new online promotion. Always trying something new, in the meantime you can help by giving me some online love. How to do this you say? By clicking the G+ or sharing on FaceBook.

I am also interested in hearing from you, so leave a comment.

As always I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
dog training website
OCDogTraining.com

A Charity Of My Own

As a few of you know I have been thinking about starting a nonprofit. Most people I tell this to immediately think my charity would be a dog rescue. Well that is partially true. I did think that a type of dog rescue would be one of the first projects. However as I see it, humans need more help than do dogs. Without humans the dog as we know it would probably not exist. The great thing is, in the process of helping humans we can also help dogs.

I am thinking that the fist project I would like to do is to collect food for those in need.

Hopefully from this I will be able to raise my online presents enough that I would get more work. More paid dog training would mean I could afford insurance and a bookkeeper for a pet rescue. After the pet rescue is funded the work will really begin. This will not be an ordinary rescue. I predict a lot of people in the rescue community will not like it. At least I’m consistent, pretty much everything I do is unpopular.

Just because it is unpopular doesn’t mean it’s bad. But it might go against some culturally preconceived notions of what a rescue should be. Hence the cultural rule component of my 7 track system.

Me Doing Reinforcement Training With A Pit Bull
Me Doing Reinforcement Training With A Pit Bull

When I first started training dogs my style of training was frowned upon. I was constantly criticized. People I worked for would first ask me “how did you get the dog to do that?” Then they would tell me “you can’t train dogs that way.” Before I told them how I trained they were impressed. After I told them they told me what I did was not possible. Even if that type of training was not impossible it was at least culturally unacceptable. Now positive reinforcement training is standard in the dog training industry.

Reinforcement Dog Training
Reinforcement Dog Training

Food collection and a pet rescue would be the beginning, I will unfold the bigger picture as the blogging continues.

As always I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford