Dog Whisperer, Natural Dog Trainer, Dog Psychologist, and Pet Behaviour Consultant.
Pam Whyte has always instinctively understood the way dogs think and communicate. Even as a child, it was frequently observed that when she was around, dogs were much calmer.
After three years at Witwatersrand University in the 1960's studying psychology and the social sciences, she got married, and had two children and three dogs. Friends were always astonished at her pets’ exemplary behaviour, and as a result, she felt drawn to reveal her secrets. This led to a lifelong passion to learn yet more about dogs, as well a to share her knowledge with other dog owners. Using her proven methods, Pam has emerged into the public spotlight from time to time, earning her a reputation for astonishing results. This has not always endeared her to those who use conventional methods.
Pam's work on Pack Communication is recognised by such institutions as: The Plastic Surgeon's Association, RSA; Child Accident Prevention Society, UK; RSPCA, SPCA, Animal Protection Institute, USA; Veterinary Universities, Anglia Survival, UK; Conservationists in East Africa; University de Nancy, France; Guide Dogs Ass. France; Paneikon, Italy; Wild dog Productions, and Medical Research scientists in New Zealand. She also helped after the war in Bosnia by replacing positive and negative reinforcement with correct communication when training dogs to detect land mines. She was also invited to present a paper on her research at the Paris International Conference on Education and Economy.
As civilized dog owners, we need to realise just how intelligent, intuitive and complex our domestic dogs are - how they instinctively think, feel and communicate. Dogs are actually designed to live within families, and within a loyal and mutually supportive social system. They therefore have their own instinctive "language", which they bring with them into our homes bag and baggage. Even better - they have a highly developed conscience that enables them to adopt our "ground rules", without us having to keep disciplining and commanding them. Because the communal pack system which our dog was designed to live in, is genetically equipped with a highly developed sense of right and wrong to enable them to live by a strict moral code for purposes of survival - all dog owners need to do is develop their instinctual desire to please their leader. Not to bliksem them into submission simply because they do not understand us. Nature knows best.
All this means that our dogs are actually "pre-packaged" to move into our homes already equipped with the potential to learn the difference between what is acceptable behaviour, and what is not acceptable behaviour - provided we know how to communicate these parameters to them in a way that their instincts can relate to.
This is not achieved through ordering our dogs around (or even trying to manipulate them with tricks and treats) - because that is not the way dogs are "hard-wired" to communicate. Which explains why there are so many different (artificial) dog training methods and new gimmicks appearing on the dog behaviour scene... each one trying to make the dog "obey". Every single dog owner who seeks help with their dog's behaviour from Pam has already tried commanding their dogs, then moving onto the next "flavour of the month" gimmick - many have taken them to training and/or behaviour therapy, some for months and even years - yet their dogs are still "naughty", "disobedient", hyperactive, pull on their lead, are destructive, jump on them and visitors... Countless much-loved dogs then end up at rescue shelters, because these artificial behaviour systems compound - not cure - behaviour problems.
Then caring and committed families adopt these dogs (unknown to them, together with their baggage of "behavioural disorders") - which soon surface in their new homes. And are then "taken to training"....
But some are lucky enough to be able to keep their loving homes because their new families learnt to communicate with them correctly.
All dogs are genetically equipped to live within the parameters of a social system - provided these parameters are set for them in a way that their instincts can relate to. Which is the secret to Dog Training Nature's Way's phenomenal success.
Pam's Workshops and Talks
Pam Whyte's Natural Dog Training's Talks and Workshops Below are some extracts from some of the letters of thanks that Pam has received from clubs where she was invited to give one of her very popular talks on "Dog Language": (Original documents available on request.)
"I like the individuality of your thoughts and I am of the opinion that you are a good observer and interpreter of the contact between man and dog. You are more than capable of thinking for yourself and I see this as a valuable contribution in this [animal behaviour] study. We need more people like you who are not afraid to make public their own honest observations.
"In conclusion, I would like to congratulate you on your original work." Professor J.S.J. Odendaal. Professor in Companion Animal zoo-technology and Nutrition. University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science.
"I would like to thank your for your most interesting, informative and very amusing talk which you gave us on Wednesday."
"I am still daily receiving letters of thanks and congratulations for such a superb Speaker, everyone enjoyed it enormously, and several people said it had already helped them with their dogs."
- ROTARY CLUB.
"Thank you so much for your fascinating talk. Numerous members say that they learned a tremendous amount on how to remedy the behaviour on, I dare say, the more intelligent members of our family!"
- INTERNATIONAL CLUB.
"Thank you for a most inspiring and educational presentation. And thank you for giving up your valuable time to share your knowledge on dog communication with us."
- SYFRET GODLONTON-FULLER MOORE INC.
"Thank you for accepting my invitation to speak at our seminar on The Language of the Pack. You were our star speaker."
- HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, ONDERSTEPOORT
"Everyone is still talking about the riveting talk that you gave at our meeting last week. Thank you very much for taking the time to come and speak to us."
- CAMPS BAY BUSINESS MENS' CLUB.
"Pam's talk on doggy behaviour was one of the highlights of the Public Library Week programme."
- SOMERSET WEST LIBRARY.
“We would like to learn more about how you communicate with dogs. We find your ideas on communicating with “aliens” very refreshing.” SPCA. (Letter to Pam Whyte.).
Pam also gives -
* Group workshops where she personally handles each dog, giving them and their owner each training that is tailor-made for them. Immediate results are achieved because the training is relevant for each dog's personality. She takes many of these dogs up to competition standard within a very short time, working with the dog as a team, in place of using fear of punishment (or bribery). The team approach gives awesome results, especially with working breeds like German Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds, Russian Terriers, Border Collies and Standard Poodles.
* Remedial workshops at obedience schools, where dogs are breaking their stays, barking at, or going for other dogs, slipping their collars, pulling on the lead, refusing to walk on the lead, etc.... The results are immediate because the dogs now understand what is expected of them.
Doesn't that sound exciting? Or does it sound complicated? (Or impossible!) It's nowhere near as complicated (or impossible!) as taking a dog to dog training where he is going to pick up more bad habits from other naughty dogs (good dogs don't go to training) every weekend for weeks on end, practising the training at home every day, trying to exhaust your dog s that you can live with him (and making him fitter and fitter in the process), buying one gimmick after another - and still living with a destructive, hyperactive, "disobedient" dog...
Pam teaches dog owners the signals that their dog expects, and the cues to avoid, in order to gain the control they are looking for, and establish the behaviour patterns they want in their dog. Because Dog Language is so simple and works so quickly, having a well mannered dog just fits into their lifestyle. She points out that because artificial methods actually confuse dogs, people think that it takes so long to train a dog.