Intro to Family Dog Mediation

Introduction to family dog mediation FDM


5/25/20242 min read

boy sitting in front of dog
boy sitting in front of dog

Family Dog Mediation L.E.G.S Model

The Family Dog Mediation L.E.G.S model, developed by Kim Brophey, is a comprehensive framework designed to understand and address dog behavior in a holistic and scientifically grounded way. L.E.G.S stands for Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self, each representing a crucial aspect of a dog's behavior and experience. By considering these four components, the model provides a thorough approach to mediating and improving the relationship between dogs and their families.

Components of the L.E.G.S Model:

1. Learning

  • Behavioral Conditioning: Examines how a dog’s past experiences, training, and reinforcement history shape their current behavior.

  • Socialization: Considers the dog’s exposure to various environments, people, and other animals, and how these experiences impact their behavior.

  • Training Methods: Emphasizes the importance of using positive reinforcement and science-based training techniques to encourage desired behaviors and discourage unwanted ones.

2. Environment

  • Physical Environment: Assesses the dog’s living conditions, including space, accessibility to outdoor areas, and general safety.

  • Social Environment: Looks at the social dynamics within the home, including relationships with family members and other pets.

  • Routine and Lifestyle: Evaluates the daily routine, activity levels, and changes in the environment that might affect the dog’s behavior.

3. Genetics

  • Breed Characteristics: Recognizes the inherent traits and behaviors associated with the dog’s breed, which can influence their instincts and responses.

  • Individual Differences: Acknowledges that even within breeds, individual dogs have unique genetic makeups that affect their behavior and temperament.

  • Health and Heredity: Considers any genetic health issues or predispositions that could impact behavior.

4. Self

  • Personality and Temperament: Identifies the individual personality traits and temperament of the dog, which play a significant role in how they interact with their environment and people.

  • Emotional State: Takes into account the dog’s emotional health, including anxiety, fear, and stress levels.

  • Cognitive Abilities: Looks at the dog’s learning capacity, problem-solving skills, and overall mental acuity.

Benefits of the L.E.G.S Model:

  • Holistic Understanding: Offers a complete view of the factors influencing a dog’s behavior, leading to more effective and compassionate solutions.

  • Customized Solutions: Provides tailored interventions that address the specific needs and circumstances of each dog and family.

  • Enhanced Relationship: Promotes a deeper understanding and stronger bond between the family and their dog.

  • Sustainable Behavior Change: Encourages long-term improvements in behavior by addressing underlying causes rather than just symptoms.

The Family Dog Mediation L.E.G.S model is a groundbreaking approach that combines scientific understanding with practical application, making it a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their relationship with their dog.

Beatrice K9 is proudly one of the very few certified Family Dog Mediators in Europe.