Like many great careers in life, Marie Stack became a canine behavioural consultant by accident. It all started when she adopted a standard poodle, Mr. Noodles, in 2005 – a very abused and very people-aggressive standard poodle. So between Oct 2005 and Mar 2006, Marie found herself wanting to know what made this dog tick. She discovered Ceasar Milan, Bruce and their philosophy on dog psychology, and how they react when they don’t feel safe in the pack. Marie clued herself up on the breed and saw how smart they are. She used exercised to drain them of energy (parks were like a treat because he never had it before), trained him to stay at cafes, affection was only given when invited – he showed aggression when people went to him. It was like boot camp every day.
In March 2006 – the year that Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer. The initial diagnosis felt surreal and quick. “I was diagnosed on the Monday and went to theatre on the Wednesday”, Marie says. ”
The next six months of chemotherapy and radiation was “gruelling” Marie tells me, and even though she came through, the experience altered her way of thinking. “It made me look in the mirror and it made me angry.” Marie says. “I was angry at all the passive aggression going on. It made me realise how I was nurturing others how we work naturally and primarily”
After cancer, she was presented with another dog Pepi (8) – a toy poodle. He had issues because he was mollycoddled. He used to fight other dogs when felt threatened. Marie had to work hard to make sure he didn’t feel overwhelmed. Then cavoodle, Teddy, impulse buy. The family didn’t know what to do with him – he was like a toddler. He liked clicker training. Milo standard poodle (1) was so emaciated and was so environmental sensitive. He wasn’t aware of anything and didn’t feel safe at all.
One day, in Nov 2007, whilst sitting a cafe table with her four well-trained dogs, a woman approached her and handed her a business card. “Whatever you are doing, you should go pro,” the woman told Marie. Marie was gobsmacked – she was just doing what she felt was right. She was a professional dog trainer and the two kept in touch.
A lightbulb in Marie’s head went off. She knew this was exactly what she wanted to do.
2008 – 2011 – Studies in canine behavioural studies and practical with training school.
2010 – up got full time with behavioural care, outgrew group training, wanted to do more one-one-one. 2011 – During that time, you holiday care and day care and private behavioural consultations.
She worked with one group that claimed it was 100% positive reinforcement. 100% doesn’t quite work as sometimes the dogs are shoved behind buildings. 100% isn’t that possible as it’s a marketing ploy.
working with trouble dogs took on a ‘trouble’ dogs, anxiety and over excited.
Marie mixes dog training with dog phychology when training a canine’s client, Say for example, Marie is focusing on food anger issues,E.g. if you get a dog to sit, you have to wait for them to lose the urge to get the food. A dog can only be so anxious for so long.
Excited / anxious / fear-aggressive put in front of fears, but how to stop flight, fright and freeze. So if they are withdrawing, super-aggressive (if they are about to kill your cat), you’re not going to be positiveare you? No, you’ll probably man handle the dog to protect the cat.
Sometimes you have to nudge them because if you watch a pack of dogs you’ll notice that one is the leader of the pack. Sometimes that means that you use what says calls ‘negative reinforcement’. Negative reinforcement doesn’t mean yelling or hitting. You can gain control by …
Dog training works with getting them to work for you. SO if a dog is a back yard and owner walking it because excuse if they have a ‘big back yard’ if you aren’t walking it or throwing a ball etc. they get territorial and bored. Dogs don’t stay in the den do they? TheyHappens in the office as well.
Story of the cat – Staffy got the cat, cat got the cat.If you have some dog that’s going to kill something, you have meet it at the same intensity.Negative reinforcement can be tough love.
She now has 2 poodles, 1 caboodle, 2 cavoodles – people get these breeds but soon tire of them. She also minds other dogs for a small fee. She can even mind up to … dogs at the one time.
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