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I regularly stop the dogs and group them together. This helps re-group the dogs, and keep the pack feeling connected. #harmony #MWFpack

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Though I'm always the leader for the pack, and keep everything fair and in line, I sometimes give them space and watch how the naturally dominant dogs interact with the other dogs, so I can learn something about leadership from them.

This shows the German Shepherd, Hunter, the most naturally dominant dog in this pack, (though he's not in a dominant state of mind here), licking the mouth of Deuce, a happy-go-lucky Pit Bull, to reinforce their bond. I'm beginning to learn that the leaders don't just give "masculine" (or dominant) leadership, they also give affection afterwards to create a pack bond. In a way, that is incorporating the feminine with the masculine, (masculine for protection and direction, and feminine for communication and love). A well rounded leader Hunter would be! If you think about it, this is also true with great human leaders; the best leaders are not only strong and have a vision (the masculine side), but they can communicate and keep the group together (the feminine side), (Ronald Reagan and Ghandi come to mind). I'm only scratching the surface with my education, so a lot more to come.. :) #MWFpack — in Malibu, CA.

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Friday's water break.   #MWFpack  

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Under Water with the GoPro

If anyone wants to feel like they are getting licked! 

(A GoPro is just a small camera that has a water proof case and shoots very high quality videos, so I've been experimenting.) I start laughing when I watch this! #MWFpack

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http://youtu.be/wtqWnvVk8lQ

This shows me going through a #dominance process with a #new Pit Bull, Jabari. 

This guy is very dominant, and was unwilling to surrender to me at first. This is the process of me gaining his trust and respect. After I let him know that he can surrender to me and that I will not hurt him and that I am strong enough to lead, he gains trust and respect for me, and I am then able to introduce him to other dogs, and let him know how to behave. He has basically let me take him under my wing.

As you can see, after he surrendered to me, he was basically in heaven. It's a relief for these dominant dogs to be in a place where they don't have to monitor and manage other dogs, they can just "be" and have the managing done by me. Lucky boy! My new right hand man. #MWFPack

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The dogs on the move..

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The pack water ritual today.  The #new brindle mix laying off to the left is getting used to her new pack.  #paradise

..the go pro has also arrived..

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The dogs feeling good after a dip in the pond.. I love my Mondays and getting back to the pack.

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This shows Orem, the new Pit Bull puppy at the beginning of his first hike. He is going to get the socialization from some older mentors that he has been dying for. 

Growing up in a pack like this is one of the best and most natural ways for a dog to learn the rules of socialization, and how to interact well with dogs, just like he would learn naturally in a pack in the wild. This can prevent him from causing or starting fights in the future that cold come from a lack of understanding.

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This shows Hunter, a #new German Shepherd and housemate of Padme, (in the video below). I'm introducing them separately so that their unstable energies are more easily outnumbered by the balanced energy of the dogs that are already in the pack. This guy just needs to work on his social skills, and to get his energy drained regularly. The dogs are tired here after a long hike, except for the high energy dogs in the front that are pushing on, (notice they all have backpacks).
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