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My approach is to:

Love, Peace, Respect, Understanding, Trust, and


Dogs have a LOT of needs.

The behaviors dogs show us are almost always, a dog's attempt to tell us what they need.

We humans, would show many of the same behaviors if we were cared for
by a species, who's language we did speak or have the tools to translate.

Here are some needs that can cause dogs to display behavior we want them to change.

Basic needs

Some signals a dog may be lacking in the basic needs category could be:

  • Barking when alone in the yard.

  • Eating food fast and wanting more.

  • Sleeping in small spaces.

  • Drinking from the toilet.

  • Avoiding being petted.

  • Yelping when touched or picked up.

  • Looking for shade or sun.

  • Seeking attention.

  • Sleeping more.

  • Any change in behavior.

It's easy for we humans to get lost in the tasks required to keep our own basic needs met.


Food, shelter, water seem to be challenging for humans maintain.  It's not hard to overlook the basics for our pets. You're not a bad human, possibly distracted.


Ask your self, "What is my dog saying right now?" Run through the basic needs to start translating dog to human.

Health & Physical needs

Signs a dog may have health challenges or need physical discomfort:

  • Moving away when you pet your dog.

  • Growling.

  • Mouthing.

  • stopping while on a walk.

  • Tearing things up in the house.

  • Drinking a lot of water.

  • Moving cautiously.

  • Much more.

Emotional & Social needs

A few indicators a dog may have Emotional or social needs can be:

  • Dog has nightmares.

  • Dog cries when you are away.

  • Dog lunges toward strangers.

  • Runs from people.

  • Bites other dogs.

  • Has a tantrum when seeing animals.

  • Many many more behaviors.

The problem is...

The behaviors dogs show us to try to communicate, can be annoying, disruptive, confusing and sometimes dangerous.


The solution can be...


Jumping straight to the part where we change the behavior by using a variety of mythologies.

The solution can also be...

to look deeper before implementing techniques to get our dog to change.


I choose to change behavior in a way that supports the values that I want to live by.


Doing this, helps me to view issues from the dogs point-of-view and from the humans point-of-view.

It insures, that the lessons I use and design help me practice the values I want to live by.

When I systematically look at each issue from these values, my mind begins to works differently. I see new possibilities, stronger bridges, and simpler solutions.


I see more options than I do when thinking about the results of scientific studies that were designed to test a specific hypothesis.


It provides me with practice to think in a way that science struggles with... after all, as much as I love science, not all science is good for the planet, good for animals or good for society.

The values I choose are:


Love, Peace, Respect, Understanding, Trust, Freedom, and Happiness.

Don't get me wrong, I still love science.
I still use science and science helps me make decisions.

I just test to make sure, the science I use supports the values I want to live by.

To teach dogs

first, we need to know...

  what we do want.

to do what we want,

I'm not talking about sit, stay, come or stop barking. That's a little later.

Dog Training is a mutually diverse

Listen like a friend.

Take action like an understanding parent.



I'm asking,
after your dog is trained.
What will be better in your life?

Less stress?
Less apologizing to neighbors for your dogs behavior?

Less yelling?  Less cleaning?
Less hyper vigilance while walking your dog?

Fewer arguments with family?
Fewer things destroyed?

Fewer scratches on your skin?
Fewer aches and pains from your dog pulling on leash?


Good job!

You know what you

want less of.


Now the hard question:

What do you want more of?

Brainy Dog Training is about making your dog's life better by meeting your dog's needs...

and making YOUR life better by helping you get what you want.


It's okay, roll your eyes now, but stick with me here.

This will make sense.

This is what I think we all want.

Love, Peace, Respect, Understanding, Trust, Freedom, and Happiness.

After over 20 years of training dogs in people's homes, inviting dogs to live with me while I train; after helping dogs in shelters find permanent homes and talking to all kinds of people across our diverse country, these are the needs I've found people want more of.


What's that got to do with dogs?

I'm so glad you ask...

When dogs have these aspects solid in their lives, there is little need for them to behave badly... or I should say, behave in a way we humans interpret as bad.

Turns out, what we see as dogs behaving poorly, is simply, the dog doing his or her best to explain there is something need.

We teach, by using principles of:


Now the conversation can deepen.
This is what I mean by

Dog training is a mutually diverse deep conversation.

Love, Peace, Respect, Understanding, Trust, Freedom, and Happiness.

Sherry Clark

Find out how to change the aforementioned mentioned behaviors by using:

Love, Peace, Respect, Understanding, Trust, Freedom, and Happiness.

It's not about methods.
It's about increasing what we want in life.
Join the discussion:
What values are most important to you?

We'll do super simple exercises that will make SO much since, you'll wonder why it was not clear before.

It's not  you were incapable of noticing you were just focused on something else. We humans can learn when we pay attention. All I'm dong, is pointing out signals your dog has been using to talk to you.  Once you see them, and associate them with meaning, you wont UN-see them again.

Your dog can relax now. They are being heard.


Do you want a person, place or thing?

Flash cards for dogs.

now define what you DO want.

Here are things I beleive we all want more of.

No mater who we are, what  we beleive, how or where  we were raised.
I think we want more of these assets in our life.

now that we have defined what we do want. Lets get started by teaching our dogs using the same things we want more of in our lives

Dogs are not that much different than we are. They want the same things, they even have dog language to let us know what they want.

Its body language and making sounds. Just like us.

The thing that is most important in changing our dogs behavior, Is listening to and understanding what they want or need.
It's unmet needs that cause behavior glitches in dogs and humans.

The list of things you looked at as things you want more of, are the same things we'll look at while teach our dogs.
They can be called many things, I call them values. They are needs.

Unwinding our dogs behavior challenges, by keeping our needs and our dogs needs as top level, opens our minds to new ways to communicate

did I teach you this?
No, you taught yourself with a slice of guidance.

Think about how much more youd get if we were talking while you learn?.

I tell you step one and what to look for
you do it with your dog.
Tell me what happened.
I share the next step or modify the previous steo so your dog is successful.




With dogs, it's a friendship, a partnership, a connection with nature.

Get in-tune.

Be forgiving.

Feel compassion.


Choose techniques that promote calm behavior. Resolve conflict thoughtfully.


Be patient.

Feel relaxed.

Think of options.



Verify your dog's needs are met before training.


Social needs.

Physical needs.

Emotional needs.



Focus on listening to your dog and think about how to react.

Speak clearly.

Observe without judgment.

Resolve misunderstandings.



Help your dog feel secure enough to do what you ask.


Make achievable requests.

Be trusting, no tricking dogs.

Ensure surroundings are safe.


It's what dogs want and it's what we want.


Choose to be happy.

Refuse to cause fear.

Acknowledge joyful tail wag.


We follow science, that brings happiness.

Brainy Dog follows L.I.M.A. guidelines


Learn more about L.I.M.A.

Hierarchy of Procedures for Humane and Effective Practice

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