Our core philosophy is to provide an environment/experience to the dogs that fills the void that’s created when we bring them into our human world. Dogs, being pack animals, are reintroduced to having a regular pack of dogs that are a good match for their personality, with a human playing the role of leader. We believe the primary role of the human is to settle any disputes between the dogs, and to protect them from any outside threats. Once the dogs have seen the human take charge, and pay attention constantly to the dynamics of the pack, they learn that they can trust us as a leader, and enjoy themselves within that frame.
A big part of what dogs crave is understanding how to socialize and relate with other dogs, which involves a degree of hierarchy, respecting boundaries, getting a feel for which dogs they get along with and can play with, etc. We believe it’s very important to understand when to step in, and when the socialization is normal and healthy.
By being there as a leader to guide the dogs through social situations and step in when there is something that we don’t like, the dogs learn to trust and respect that we will ultimately protect them, which allows them to have a safe space to test boundaries and the environment without being in danger. Looking to a human for guidance also can carry over and cause dogs to view humans in general as authority figures that are there to protect and guide them, which can alleviate behavioral problems such as leash aggression, or fear aggression that can be caused by the dog not feeling safe.
Dogs are often the best teachers/healers for one another, and we allow for all healthy socialization within our set limits.