- About Us
Forget everything you've been told about dominance, being the alpha, and enforcing commands.
In fact, forget "commands".
At Wag The Dog, we are here to turn around your relationship with your dog.
Relationships go two ways.
Earn your dog's respect by being someone worthy of that respect - not by using fear, intimidation, or fancy gadgets. Our ancestors spent thousands of years working with and relying on dogs without any special equipment. How did they do that?
Mutual respect and cooperation.
We're all about teamwork. We know from our work with dogs how powerful teamwork can be.
Wag The Dog was founded on the spirit of cooperation. Both Amelia and Carol felt that we were stronger together. We have been friends since we met in 2008, at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society where we worked together as Apprentice Instructors, training assistance dogs for people with disabilities.
In 2011 we started Wag the Dog together.
A dog raised in a human home can recognize human facial expressions and gestures at only 8 weeks of age. Human infants respond positively to the sight of dogs almost from birth. When we work together as a team, for example during an Agility competition, our hormone profiles mirror each other. Just owning a dog decreases our mortality rates by up to 30%.
Dogs are a part of our evolution, and we are part of theirs.
Dogs don't need to be taught to obey. They are desperate to cooperate with us from the moment we bring them home. It's in their blood. They want to work with us as equal partners, just as they have been doing for the last 20,000 years.
If you live in a city, you have no sheep to herd, no animals to hunt, no saber tooth tigers to be warded off by your loyal canine companion.
So what's a dog to do?
How about fetching their leash? Finding your remote control? Waking you if there's a fire? Reminding you to take your medications? Acting as a living cane when you're feeling off-balance? Pulling a wagon full of groceries?
Your dog wants to help. Please don't underestimate their ability to do so.