ABOUT DAVID SCOTT
I began my formal education and training with dogs while enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Infantry Policeman (MP-K-9 Unit). I was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and was given a choice to go either to Germany as an Military Policeman or to Korea as an MP K-9 unit. I chose Korea, because of my love and passion for working with these dedicated canine soldiers and to honor my father’s service in the Korean Conflict and see what he saw, of course, in a different era. I was trained at Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas, in 1975 for the K-9 field. I had the opportunity to be a dog handler. I trained dogs for attack (Sentry), explosives and narcotics detection. That experience taught me an even greater respect for the unwavering focus, ability, intelligence, and commitment that dogs displayed in performing their missions. I was then stationed at Camp Humphrey and worked in the warehouses and the tunnels below ground in Incheon, South Korea. My duties included the sentry detail to guard the military supplies and ordinances of the U.S. Army. I was involved in the reconnaissance in the underground tunnels, existing in the area for potential intrusion by forces hostile to the U.S and South Korea. I also participated in the search of property of the enlisted U.S. service personnel living spaces for narcotics, due to the use of marijuana, opiates and other drugs by some of the enlisted personnel. After leaving the Army, I began a career in law enforcement with the Santa Barbara Police Department for two years and then transitioned to the San Diego Police Department for four years, working with K-9 units. I learned that there was much more to a dog than just the rote performance of commanded tasks. This is when I undertook the challenge of learning and understanding the psychology and socialization aspects of how a dog’s mind works when interacting with humans and other dogs. The incredible relationship dogs could have with humans was so overwhelming that I began to read just about every book and scientific study available, as I have done continuously over the past forty plus years. I have diligently continued to hone my skills as a canine trainer, handler, behaviorist, psychologist and sociologist. Over the years I have instituted and generated my own methods when working with dogs. In all my techniques and methods of training, I do not use treats for positive enforcement nor do I believe in shock collars. How does anyone expect a dog, let alone a human, to be helpful using pain as a method of training. I never understood the use of treats as a bribery to get a dog to obey or learn a command. It is only a short term project to teach a dog to sit or lay down. What happens if a dog suffers from anxiety, fear or high energy and has no interest in teats at that moment. How is a dog to be bribed at that time? Generally, ( like most of the time) it will not work. On top of this, you would need to have treats with you at all times to get your dog to obey your commands. In my opinion, it is best to actually learn to communicate in dog language. I am grateful to have helped thousands of dogs work through their psychological, sociological and behavioral issues to become well-balanced with dramatically improved relationships with their human owners. Thank goodness I took some human psychology courses that assisted me with the interaction with humans, and the ability to explain in detail how the dog’s mind works. It was especially helpful in explaining to human owners how to comprehend why and how they should properly communicate their intention to their best friend. This opens many new doors for humans to see and comprehend the world through their dog’s eyes and mind.
I have been both enlightened and disappointed by some of the information published over the years. Some so-called “experts” have issued guidance manuals that have little to no relationship to the way dogs perceive the world and a dog’s understanding of life with humans as part of their pack. I have read hundreds of books related to canine behavior and found that each book only contained, on average, twenty percent of interest in the areas in which I was most concerned or wanted knowledge in the specific information needed to understand a clear message to dog and human relationships. All the painstaking accumulation of knowledge, experience and hands-on training have resulted in the development of techniques that are proven to effectively improve a human owner’s relationship and communication with their dog and a dog’s relationship with their owner, including the human environment. I have discovered that every dog has its own personality and temperament (just like people) and the same set of rehabilitation methods may not work with every dog. I will offer you options and introduce the possibilities that will take you far beyond traditional dog training to a confident relationship that best friends have with each other. Dogs are simple creatures, we are the ones that are screwed up and complicated. Humans are the ones who totally ruin a dog’s behavior.
My methods can change a dog’s action and reaction to a certain exercise in just minutes. I believe that to change the outcome of a dog’s reaction, one must reach into the dog’s mind without physical force. Using physical force on a dog will only instill fear, frustration and confusion, thus creating issues brought on by the human. You will never achieve a positive outcome in changing a dog’s behavior by physical force, pain or punishment. You must be able to communicate directly with the dog’s mind for a quick resolution of your desired results. To change a dog’s action or reaction is developed by “triggers”, also known as classical conditioning. Dogs do not have issues, only humans do. Humans are complex and dogs are simple creatures.