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The Key to better Communication with Your Dog

Inherited dog pack positions: a different approach to understanding the social structures of dogs

Barbara Ertel
Lernen & Nachschlagen, Freizeit, Haus & Garten, Fachbücher

Just imagine – you are looking for your first dog, a puppy and when you contact a breeder he tells you that you need to learn everything about dogs from him, before he is willing to trust you with one of his puppies. This is exactly what happened to me in June 1968, when I contacted the Pflänzerland kennel in Niederwalluf, near Frankfurt area, to buy my first puppy. As a 19 years old, I absolutely wanted to own a dog, so I agreed to be taught by the breeder. I was not expecting that what I was going to learn during this time would shape my view on dogs in a very crucial way. Still less did I realise that, more than 40 years later I was going to pass on this knowledge to others by writing this book.
This book is not based on science and theory, but on the pure practical knowledge handed over from three generations of the Werner family. They possessed a key to a dog communication system which they called the inherited pack position. Additionally, this book is about my experience with the practical application of this knowledge of over 44 years of dog keeping, in particular the insights I have gained since summer of 2011, and the consequences of my failing to take this knowledge into account. My decision to write about the inherited pack positions emerged from the desire both to preserve this knowledge and to disseminate it for the benefit of dogs. Hopefully this book will add to your knowledge – and your dog will enjoy the results.