Importance of travel. 

So we all know the saying “travel makes you wise.”

Well why is this? 

I feel it is for a few reasons. The first is that it exposes you to many different cultures and many different traditions and mindsets. This is great for the main reason, you can select what you like and work to avoid what you don’t like. You colour in your likes and dislikes. 

For instance i love Germany for its care and interest in its people, they look after their people. I don’t like it as the people don’t interact with each other easily, they are scared and cold. I love italy as they are passionate and full of life, But the government and the church is killing the people and the earth that they live on.  Now before i experienced either, i loved italy and hated germany. Now i have a colourful reasoning to it. 

The second is your knowledge grows hugely. You meet people that know all sorts of strange things. Travel makes you interested and in return makes you interesting. I have learnt secrets of Sheppards and the ways of the mountains. I also learnt a lot about who i am and who i wish to be.

The third and final thing i will talk about is the confidence it gives you. There is no possibility to fear life when you travel. You need to work through all situations no matter how great your fear is. 

I will add that to do this all alone is key to the effectiveness but any travel is good travel. 

I recently wrote that without travel there is no purpose in life. I will stand by this till someone can give me a better reason.

I don’t stand up to lots I stand for one. Peace. 

So looking at Facebook this morning, sticking my nose once again. I sense fear. So i go look, wolves. I go yay and the town goes blood thirsty. Wolves are seen as the devil, coming in the night and killing. This is not the case unfortunately. 

Here is the problem explained by a very wise friend of mine. We will call this friend “Tree”. 

There is a greater reason to the problem. This reason makes our fear one of self. The people of the valley hunt a lot. They kill many animals, this leaving the ecosystem very unbalanced. We are having problems solving this imbalance. This is how the wolves are solving their imbalance. There is no food left for them in their habitats. We have taken it. They hungry they come and look for food. 

So this is not an act of greed on the wolves behalf, it’s an act of greed on our side. An act that needs to be let go. 

Now this is how we solve this. The wolves are not to blame. It’s the hunters that are to blame for the depleted food source for the wolves. And the hunters are only hunting because we buy their meat. Now I don’t say stop hunting, this would solve the problem but I realize that there is no hope at this happening. So this is my proposal. Hunters should pay an organization per kg of animal they kill. This money should go to breeding programs and compensation for livestock damage. This way we put a balance in the system. I can promise you that humans hunt more animals then the wolves come to our farms for. 

This is the only way we will have peaceful farmers, still do the pointless sport of hunting, and have wolves that keep our mountains alive.

Been thinking 

With regards to farming animals for meat. 

Why did we ever start killing them? Time kills everything and in the most peaceful way possible, if we would look after the animals and care for them. Let them live a full life in a good environment we would still have meat at the end. Death is a natural event, we make is come sooner then it should because we are greedy. 

I think farms should change to this way of life. Animals are only eaten when they die of old age. This also ensures that they are treated the best way possible. And sorry but your steak doesn’t need to be butter soft. 

When is it ok

Today as usual I stick my nose in business I don’t need to. But I found a post on Facebook that was about a dog looking for a new home. This is what I think about this. 

We have rescue centers, they are flooded with dogs, they have dogs from all sorts of backgrounds. But most of them are because no one wants them and they get dropped off at the centers. This is not what a rescue center is there for. These places are for dogs that need rescuing and not an easy way out for a fed up owner. 

Here is my view on this giving dogs up.

And please feel free to disagree with me and you can even publicly shame me to all like minded people out there. If you can’t see the logic in my point then I don’t want you or like minded people to be following us. 

So let’s start.

Before you get a animal. Research the type of animal, what does it need to survive and be happy. Then research the specific breed and their unique behaviors and requirements. After that please realize that they are with you for (x) amount of years and they are your responsibility till the day they die. And no killing them is not an option 

Next there are rescue centers for all types of animals. Animals that have needed to be rescued from there past(Not give up). If this is not an option then please there are regulations on breeding of all animals and by supporting a registered breeder you are supporting the rules that are set by a governing body.

So you found your breeder, great(this point doesn’t really apply to rescue centers)

First important thing to look at. 

Time with mom. How long are the puppies kept with the mom and dad? A minimum of 8 weeks is necessary for basic discipline and manners that the parents teach. I recommend 12weeks old as the best time to get that puppy.

Second thing that is a huge no no. Don’t get 2 puppies from the same litter. You asking for trouble and this is why. 

They were born together, they were raised together and they were taken away from their family together. This creates a bond that you won’t split easily. They will look to each other to play and for entertainment. “Great, I want them to play with each other” no you don’t. They will be difficult to train. 

This leads to the next thing. Something that many people get wrong and I get asked often. “When do we start training our puppy?” 

Training starts with the mom and dad and as soon as puppy comes home with you, training begins. 

Sit, down, learning to go to the toilet on command, not being protective over food, and crate training(posted on how to crate train earlier) but the most important training is to play, you want your dog to play with you like there is nothing better in the world. 

Then discipline is important. They cute and small and they don’t cause damage but keep in mind that cute face might get to 40kgs. Rule of thumb, accept anything you want out of a big dog. 

Now. Dogs grow a bond to their new family. One that they will die for. If you not willing to do the same then don’t get the dog. 

A dog is a child that you didn’t give birth to. The difference is the dog will love you unconditionally till the very end. They will be by your side every step of the difficulties in life and you better be there for them the same.

If you don’t leave you children behind then you don’t leave your dog. 

This results in a huge difference in the connection between man and animal. From here we put everything in balance slowly. We see animals and more then objects, we act in ways that is best for them. 

We establish peace on earth with one simple action. If you not ready for this then you need to put the idea of having an animal on hold. 

This goes for all animals that we make reliant on us for their survival. 

Treat this world and everything on it like it’s the only one we have.

More on how to move with dogs. 

So on our travels we have experienced a lot of difficulties. The main being the emotional stress on the dogs, but the second being the cost of moving with dogs. We have taken plains, trains, busses, boats and cars. And this is what we went through. 

Firstly planes, this is the hardest part of the travelling process. It causes stress on all parties and holds the most complex systems and well the possibilities of something going wrong is higher then I am comfortable with. Although we were told everything would be smooth and problem free. That it was but my heart stopped for the 20hrs that we were not together. 
It cost us $1500.00 for the tickets and well that was only half of the expense. You still have vet bills and crates to pay for.

Trains. A method I thought would be problem free. Afraid not. Although working much better then this airline business. You keep your dogs with you, huge plus. They do need to be muzzled in most trains, not so bad. You pay 50% of a normal ticket per dog. So this is all looking pretty good. The problem comes when you get on the train. 
Where do I sit? It isn’t easy to find place on trains in peek time, so I suggest you book for when it is not full. Then moving to connecting trains, this becomes difficult. Manipulating your way around full trains, stations you don’t know, in a language you don’t understand, with 2 dogs. Problems. I suggest looking for trips with at least 10-15 minutes layover. We missed trains a lot. 

Busses. For sort distances they are great, 
Usually free for dogs, but muzzles may be needed. Also tend to be quite cramped at times so keep this in mind. 

Boats. Easy, till motion sickness kicks in. We did only take ferries so didn’t encounter many problems and also free for dogs. 
The easiest and simplest way to move though is to rent a car. Long distance it is the cheapest and the dogs are free(don’t tell them you going with dogs). 

P.s. Non of this applies for Switzerland. If on budget, avoid at all costs. 
Oh ya and don’t buy a 30 year old camper, also a bad idea. 

Competition time 

This weekend(5th march) is the first big show my dogs and I will be taking part in since we left South Africa in April last year. 

We will be doing agility and hopefully don’t make a fool of myself. When training dogs. If there is ever a mistake it is the trainer/owner and never the dog. Either you were not clear in giving the command or you didn’t do enough training. 

Dogs do only as much as you teach them. Being a trainer and competitor as well as a behaviorist I get many questions about why people’s dogs are so badly behaved. My first question is “what do you do with your dog?” 90% of the time the response is the same “nothing, there is no reason for the bad behavior” this is when I upset most people, “well you see that is the cause of the problem, you got a dog, you taught it nothing, now it acts like it knows how, and you don’t like it.” So how do we fix this problem, well work with the dog, walk with the dog, give the dog attention, “but this takes time and we don’t have time” well next time don’t get a dog. 

I work my dogs 2hrs per week on agility, I walk my dogs 4-10km per day, I never leave my dogs side. It my be obsessive but when I ask something they do it. Why do they do it? Well me being there every second of the day means when there is a danger I keep them safe, when one gets hurt I relieve the pain as fast as possible, when they are thirsty I give them water. All this builds a trust, they now work with me to keep me happy, they know that I work with them to keep them happy. You don’t do this give and take relationship you don’t get that relationship. Giving food and water is not a treat or reason for them to respect you, it’s a necessity for their survival.