The Holistic Approach
Respectful, Kind & Effective.
The Holistic Approach
Respectful, Kind & Effective.
Welcome to Pack Dynamics LLC! We offer a holistic approach to dog training & behavioral issues in Bend & Central Oregon offering services to help you create a deeper bond with your dog. A dog's behavior is affected by a variety of dynamics and we specialize in addressing these areas in a personalized, integrated approach with effective tools based on respect, kindness, compassion and understanding.
What is personalized training?
How does this method work?
What is the cause of behavioral issues?
A dog's behavior is affected by a variety of dynamics: personality, past experiences, age & environment. Our emotions, moods and how we cope and deal with life, as well as how we communicate with out dogs, also has a great impact on their behavior.
Every family needs a leader and dogs are no different, in fact, they react based on instinct, and survival is always paramount. Without a strong, effective leader of a family/pack the family can starve, so for dogs having a guardian of the pack is a 'life and death' matter. Dogs, just as humans, rely on parent figures in a family to provide guidance, structure, protection and food, without this leadership the family structure collapses and we have chaos. In order to give dogs a sense of safety and comfort and provide a happy, stress-free home we need to respect their culture, language and instinctual needs.
What is the solution?
Pack Dynamics LLC utilizes an innovative approach which addresses each dynamic of the integrated relationship between you.
Dogs are so eager to please and often get 'in trouble' for acting like a dog; for example, barking to protect their family or home, guarding their food or pulling on the leash; all behaviors that they do to take care of their family in the leader/guardian role. Once your dog realizes that you are taking care of them, that you are the decision maker and they no longer have the burden of trying to take care of you the behavioral issues will naturally resolve. Once your dog trusts you it will cooperate of its own free-will, without force or control, Dogs will never learn how to speak English, but we can learn their language and how to effectively communicate.
Sarah-Anne has a unique set of skills, experience & education which allow her to offer an innovative, dynamic approach to solving behavioral issues.
Pack Dynamics is dedicated to helping you send a calm, clear and consistent message to your dog that they no longer need to worry about the burden of taking care of your family. Because dogs are living in a world that they don’t understand they will always have questions and need reassurance from their guardian/leader and it is our commitment to be there for you with support and guidance when you need us. It is not important how many questions a dog asks, but how we answer them. It is vital to our role as protector/leader/guardian. If we answer calmly with confidence and consistent behavior in a language that dogs understand, your dog will choose to cooperate with you and see you as a guardian/leader they can trust to make the right decisions for the safety and well being of the family/pack. The “Free Back-Up Help” is available by phone and e-mail if you have any questions about behavior that arises in the future and any help with future dogs that become part of your family.
When bringing home a new puppy or adopted dog it is important to be prepared and start ‘Communicating in Canine’ from the first day that your new family member arrives home. We are here to help you and support a smooth transition for both you and your family, including your current dogs and your new arrival. Just as a child will constantly look to its parent for guidance, caring and reassurance during times of perceived stress and danger, a dog will look to its guardian/protector/leader. Some dogs will have more questions than others depending on their personality, environment, history and the consistency of leadership qualities they see in you. It is in a dogs nature to always evaluate if the right person for the job has the guardian/leadership role because the family's survival depends on it.
Teaching Self-Control & Willing Cooperation.
Teaching Self-Control & Willing Cooperation.
When a dog is exhibiting what we refer to as 'Behavioral Issues' they are demonstrating their anxiety, stress, sense of responsibility for the family or fear. As dogs can't explain how they are feeling they behave in ways to relieve their stress, like chewing on the furniture, obsessive behavior, like chewing on their paw creating a 'hot spot' or raw area. Dogs also try to gain control of situations, whether it is trying to protect you or make decisions for you, like mouthing you to make you move where they want, growling to warn you out of a room or pulling on the leash to lead the way.
Dogs are overwhelmed and stressed trying to take care of us, their family/pack, in a world that they will never fully understand. This explains why dogs bark at the mailman, you can explain to them a million times that he is not a threat, but you may as well be saying 'peanut butter and jelly' for all they know! They only way that you can relieve their fears, stress and anxiety is by communicating to them in a calm, confident manner and by communicating in the language. Due to their nature, dogs organize and relate to their family in a pack structure, just as we have a hierarchy in our family dynamics. There is always a leader and guardian of the pack who is responsible for the well being and safety of the rest of the pack members, like the parental figures in a family. If your dog does not see you displaying the actions of what it perceives a guardian/ leader must do, it will take on the role itself because without a 'parent figure' the pack has no structure, no protection and no means of survival. It literally is a matter of 'life and death' to our dogs. This leads to stress that arises from dogs not fully understanding our human world, having too little control over their environment and struggling to keep everyone safe, while sometimes getting in trouble for doing what is natural and instinctual behavior. Dogs naturally want to please us and we often confuse and stress our dogs by expecting them to know how to behave, without any understanding of how dogs view the world, and by interacting with them as we would a child, when in fact they are a completely different species with a different language.
Dogs display their stress in many ways, including pulling on the leash, barking constantly, mouthing, aggression, separation anxiety, jumping on visitors, fearful behavior, destruction, obsessive behavior, food aggression and much more. They will never understand how the human world works and they will never learn how to Speak English, but we can learn how to Speak Canine.
Sarah-Anne is a Reiki Practitioner and has been using Reiki to help dogs and other animals for almost 20 years. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive system of healing. The Japanese word Reiki is pronounced Ray-Key and is the Universal Life Force energy that energizes and emanates from all living things. Reiki is holistic; it works on the body, mind and spirit by stimulating the dog’s own natural healing abilities. It is a complimentary form of healing that does not conflict with any other form of healing, whether traditional or alternative methods.
There are seven main energy centers in the body that control the flow of the Universal Life Force. They are called the Chakras. Each chakra is responsible for supplying energy to specific parts of the body. When they are blocked or clogged the body becomes sick or out of alignment and the flow of energy is diluted. This can affect a dog’s physical, emotional and mental well-being. A full Reiki treatment re-opens the chakras and re-balances the flow of the Universal Life Force around the body. While Reiki is not a replacement for proper medical care it will stimulate the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities of the body, mind and spirit. Reiki treatments are offered in the comfort and safety of your own home to ensure that your dog is as calm and relaxed as possible while receiving the Reiki treatment.
How can Reiki help your dog?
Reiki combines extremely well with all other therapies, including NLP, Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and The Sedona Method to name a few; all of which Sarah-Anne is certified in and offers in her Coaching Sessions.
Sarah-Anne is a certified Master NLP Practitioner, Meta-Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified in the Sedona Method and Emotional Freedom Technique. She has years of experience in working with and helping people to overcome fears, remove anxiety, deal with stress and life changes.
I believe in offering services that deal with the whole picture, not just part of the solution, which is why I offer coaching for people. If we are not happy and at peace or able to cope effectively with our life circumstances and feel anxious or stressed we greatly affect our canine companions in detrimental ways.
Without healing ourselves and learning effective coping techniques we will continue to not only feel stressed ourselves, but also cause our beloved dogs stress. The stress that our dogs feel due to living with us while we are in ‘emotional turmoil’ causes a variety of issues for dogs that can lead to what we call ‘behavioral issues’.
When we can learn how to communicate in the language that dogs understand and learn how to deal and cope with our own life situation in an effective way we can then provide the happy, relaxed home that every dog deserves.
Animals are such great teachers in our lives. Dogs live in pure love and acceptance of us and are more in tune than we realize to our emotions. Dogs mirror back to us what we are feeling and offer an amazing opportunity for us to evolve and grow, if we only pay attention.
Benefits of Coaching Sessions:
What to expect:
Each coaching session is customized for every client to address the current challenge or need. Sarah-Anne has a vast toolbox of techniques and years of expertise in the field of human psychology to guide each client on their journey of self-discovery and evolution. Sarah-Anne uses Coaching, Guided Visualizations, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), The Sedona Method and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as she guides every client to realize and actualize their potential. Whether you are dealing with a loss, life change or simply need some stress-coping tools Sarah-Anne is here to guide and empower you as you heal, relax and learn to actualize your potential.