Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - Assess and evaluate- (camera clicks) from a good friend of mine that we're gonna eventually- (upbeat music) Now, come and meet my pack. (dogs barking) Large audience today out here at the DPC at the ranch. Look at all the people, everybody came. We're gonna see how Andre and Sugar assess and evaluate this new pitbull from a good friend of mine that we're gonna eventually put into the jail system. - [Men] Pawsitive Change, Pawsitive Change. - That one. Sounds better jail system. So today is gonna be Andre's assessment and evaluation. I want him to tell me where she is, how she feels, and how intense. Low, medium, high. And if he has some kinda plan, some kinda formula that he would like for us to apply, I'm gonna listen to that. And then of course I'm gonna ask Calvin to do the same. So it's assessment, evaluation, introduction, and coming up with a plan. It feels like she is the Orange Is the New Black, you know. One of those girls. Who is she? - [Andre] Piper Chapman. - Piper Chapman, that's right, that's Piper Chapman. Piper Chapman, you are a pitbull today. - So today I'm gonna do an assessment that my dad is evaluating me on. So we have a pitbull that was surrendered to us, because the dog was not compatible with its environment at home. So now we are going to rehabilitate this dog and once we are done rehabilitating this dog, we are going to surrender her into a good job and she's going to be a working dog, working with prisoners in the Pawsitive Change Program. Just a little inside information, I have actually been working with the dog prior to this kind of little evaluation my dad's doing. I work here during the week at the ranch and I've kind of dipped my toes in the water, just kind of hanging out with her and trying to see what she's good with, what she's not good with, what she's uncomfortable with. So I kind of already have a little head start, but today I'm gonna actually jump in and really get into it and kinda really see instead of, you know now that I have my dad who's gonna help me and assist me throughout the whole way so I'm not missing any spaces. So right now what I'm doing is allowing her to use- - [Cesar] Clap, clap, clap. (clapping) Clap, clap, clap, clap. There you go, clap, clap, clap. There you go, there you go. - Surrender. - [Cesar] Touch, touch, touch. Nurture that. Super, surrender, super sweet. Super vulnerable. Okay? So surrender, sweet, vulnerable. Why did I ask you to clap? - To encourage the- - [Cesar] Because she was unsure, like to get her excited, so that's when you use the sound. Don't use the sound if the brain is too excited or is not excited. Get it? Too excited, don't use sound. If it's not excited, don't use sound. That's right. Wait until the brain goes from- (clapping) that vibration makes it come out. So you're using nose, eyes, ears and bring it out. So that way you don't put a leash. You make the brain come out. We are moving with her as fast as she's moving. So you have the creativity and the openness has to be a hundred percent. So your mind has to be open, your creativity has to be open. If you move slower. This is a very important moment right there. Sugar is also letting us know how she feel. You can see the eyes is still a little concerned, she's concerned. Some people say, well she's sweet, she is vulnerable, she is in a surrender state, but it's still concerned. And that concerned part means she's unsure. So if she's unsure that means she doesn't feel safe, she doesn't feel peaceful, she doesn't feel completely beloved. And that means she's not trusting, she's not respecting, she's not loving a hundred percent. So if environment is not feeling safe, peaceful, and loved, that's something for you to remember and to know how to evaluate growth. And then personal relationship, trust, respect love, that's how you evaluate. Before you even go to walk with the dog, play with the dog, explore with the dog, obeding with the dog, agility with the dog, feeding the dog, all of that is outside the foundation of environment and connection of friendship. 'Cause that's what he needs to establish, he needs to establish trust in order for her to learn to begin to friendship. 'Cause this is not about pet parent, or even dog owner, or even dog trainer, nothing like that. Human has to establish friendship, first and foremost. Especially when a dog is older than three or four, I think her age is around six, seven, so this is a mature dog. For her, this is completely new, so we have to make sure that we establish friendship, first and foremost. That's good Andre Bring her out. - Bring her out? - Now, this is where the leash is a big, big friend, because if she chases the ducks, or the dogs, or anybody that is around, the leash gives you access to control the body immediately. Okay? Versus not having a leash on the dog that you don't know, that you don't have trust, respect, love, or rules, boundaries, limitations, the leash gives you access to at least control the body. - [Andre] Okay so I'm gonna pick it up, and I'm gonna have the least amount of tension, to let her engage in curiosity and let her explore. So the uncertainty and unsureness goes away. - [Cesar] So what do you think? Back of the pack, middle of the pack? Definitely not a front of the pack. - Happy go lucky. - [Cesar] Middle of the pack? - Yeah, middle of the pack. Only because right now, she's just super unsure, but once it's overcome, obstacle has been overcome, she's super happy. That happy like, let's go do stuff, you know? I'm happy to just be here. Very happy, I feel. - See if you guys want to learn how to read body language, why the tail is between the legs, and under the leg, it's not that she is afraid, it's she's extremely submissive. That extremely submissive is borderline, you want a little bit of that. You want surrender, you don't want extreme submissive, 'cause that can also make other dogs attack her or not want her in the pack. That's why when we introduce Piper to any dog, it has to be a dog that is balanced. Older dogs, for any regular person to adopt and bring into their home can be a liability or can be a big risk, because they know how to strike, okay? And that's why a lot of times this breed, they been thrown in the streets or surrender dogs into shelters, because they have strike, and a strike means they have learned to correct another dog, they have learned to express themselves that way. We see it as a bite, they see it as a communication. We want that sweet face, we don't want that (panting) tense face. This is the kind of dog that people has hit or (growls). Somebody has used too much of a way to letting her know to settle down. That's not good. See that eye contact? She's sweet. I mean obviously she had babies. I hope you're spayed lady. This is not a time when you give affection by the way. This is not when you give affection. - [Mesa] It's not when you give? - [In Unison] Nope. - Nope, this is not happy go lucky, this is not sweet. She's just nervous. - [Mesa] How can you tell the difference between, like how do you know she's nervous as opposed to- - I can show you Junior. I can you Junior rolling over and like really having fun, stretching his back, versus she's just rolling over out of nervousness. She's really fast and it has that edge feeling, and they lick a lot. I don't know if you're hearing the sounds like (clicks tongue). That's anxiety. She's not settled, she's not relaxed. She has the capability to be sweet, but right now she's not. Different human. She doesn't know they're my kids. Different approach. Okay, no structure. - All right, one more time? - [Cesar] No, it's not the one more time. It's you did it with no structure. So what you're having right now, is the dog that are just coming out and then you put the leash on. So the dog said, whoa with that human I can rush to the door and he's gonna loop me in. So it's no structure, you understand? So if Calvin repeats this way of bringing Piper out, Piper will learn that she can rush to the door, and the only way she can actually experience the leash is because Calvin is gonna loop her. You were good, I mean your skill of putting the loop in, that was good, but not everybody does that. Remember, it's all about rituals, symbols, and formulas. So this ritual, it has to be where even the slowest person can put the leash on her. - Okay. Oh, okay. - So if the slowest person can put the leash that means you are giving them a very patient dog. - Okay. - Get it? - Yeah. - The calmest of the calmest. When you have a powerful breed, the way you control power is the calmer they become. So what you did right there- - No control. - That's right, no control. Okay.