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ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Jim Arrighi last saw Petey, his 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, in the backyard of his Erin, Tenn., home.
That was in July, and the 73-year-old retired electrician had nearly given up on seeing his pet again when he learned the dog turned up safe about 500 miles away in suburban Detroit.
A Michigan Humane Society volunteer was expected to return Petey to Arrighi Thursday morning.
"This is just a little town and everybody is buzzing about it," said Arrighi's daughter, Tyanne Morrison.
Most of Erin's roughly 7,000 residents know one another, and many of them would recognize Petey, which is why Arrighi, Morrison and their friends suspect he was pooch-napped by an out-of-towner.
Morrison believes Petey left his yard "and somebody picked him up."
"We searched. We knew someone had gotten him," she told The Associated Press by phone on Wednesday. "We got on 4-wheelers and went all over the area. There had been some more dogs over the last few months that were missing."
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So then why is it so hard for people to claim their space?
The main reason is energy projection. If we are not in the calm-assertive mode, our dogs will not feel secure, stable or deferential to us as the leader. They will automatically sense a void or a vacuum in the leadership role. The result is predictable. Dogs value a stable pack, they need this structure to feel safe and secure. One of the dogs will usually act out in more dominent ways or become more agitated with the other dogs. However, if we are in the right state of mind, projecting the calm-assertive energy that brings the firmness of structure to the pack, claiming your space will be a mere formality. It take a little longer with a puppy but they will catch on very quickly too.
The way to claim your space is simple once your energy is calm-assertive. If your intent is to move your dog out of your space you need to stand up tall, facing the dog. At times you can use a stick or a tennis racket or anything to extend your arm length. This is not to hit the dog or hurt the dog in anyway, it is just easier to calm the dog down once he feels he is "locked in" the space right in front of you. Some dogs will resist and turn sides, some will sit and aquese, some will growl, but eventually most will lay down and relax and accept the boundary. You can gradually move closer to the dog until he gets the message that you are the pack leader and you are claiming your space.
On rare circumstances dogs may try to bite or nip at you in resistance but if you are in the right state of mind and you are doing it with your own dog, a dog that you are familiar with, you should get a postive result. It will take repetition and have to be done each time your dog enters your space uninvited but after a few time it will be all over.
Information for this article was taken from the book "The Power of Calm-Assertive Energy-How It Can Make You The Pack Leader" . The books discusses how to be a pack leader to your dogs and how to apply the power of calm assertive energy to your daily life.
This principal also applies to life in general notjust dog training. Everyone has had one of those days when something is bothering you or upsetting you and it seems like on thing after another goes wrong and finally when you get off work you relax and regroup and just call it a bad day. Well there some theories that say we are either attracting repulsing that which we want or don't want through our energy projection or commonly referred to as vibration. If you can grasp this concept then you will have a great time being Pack Leader because your dogs will be the best form of feed back you can find. Your dogs are worth 10 times more than a life coach or a personal assistant because they will give you the instant and accurate feedback that will keep you calm and assertive. When in this state your vibration will be at a level that is in harmony with the universe and all good things will flow to you. It is within your power to create the vibration that will attract all that you desire. You can do it with a little help from your pack. Your pack will love it when you are the best Pack Leader you can be and they will behave accordingly. They are your compass that will guide your to a better feeling way of life. You will be practicing the Laws of Attraction everyday and you will know when you are off course because your dogs will be the instant feedback that will alert you to check your state of mind and get back to the powerful pack leader energy of calm-assertive living.
You can get a lot of help from your dogs. Your dogs will instinctively protect their pack from instability. They will also instinctively protect their calm-assertive pack leader from this negative energy. Most stable dogs know that stability of the pack is essential for their survival. Dogs can not be constantly fighting for dominance or breaking from the pack routine. For thousands of years dogs have used their innate ability to live within a stable pack as an advantage over less successful species. This should make it clear that dogs understand the importance of being in a pack and the importance of keeping the pack healthy. They also understand the importance of the pack leader and will go to great lengths to keep the pack leader safe and free to lead.
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You can see behavior like this often at the dog park or in your home when bringing an unstable dog into the mix. The other dogs will rally around the pack leader and warn the unstable dog. Often it is just do that is unfamiliar with the pack rules and how to approach and interact with the pack. Certain dogs, especially younger ones, tend to be unschooled in back etiquette but tend to learn quickly if the other dogs are persistent.
The biggest obstacle I have seen lately when taking I try to be pack leader for my dogs and the dog park is the dogs staring each other down through the fence. For some dogs it seems to be a territorial thing and for others more fun or play when they race up and down the on each side of fence. It is a challenge to get certain dogs to pay attention to the pack leader when when there are dogs to run with on the other side of the fence.
I also have noticed that a recent addition to my pack tends to become more playful and a bit more aggressive at the dog park. He is young and loves to play but has yet to take his well adjusted in home pack behavior to the park. I am working on keeping him a bit more calm and more focused on me rather than all of the smells, sounds and other dogs. It is taking a while but I am seeing progress daily and soon expect him to be fully adjusted and enjoying calm yet fun trips to the dog park.