Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

From Rhod:

This blog is dedicated to my dear friend and brother RKP who lives the life of the sheepdog everyday and graciously shares his knowledge and beliefs with all those who will listen. He is a great teacher and even better practitioner.

I was first introduced to the tale of sheep, wolves and sheepdogs during my time in the Law Enforcement Academy. I would love to take credit for the words that follow but they are not mine. They are the words of LTC Dave Grossman, author of the book “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to kill in War and Society”. My goal is to give a brief synopsis of his words with my own, as I feel they need to be shared.

Below is a brief synopsis of sheep, wolves and sheepdogs as described by Grossman in his book.


This is not meant as a derogatory term. It is simply used to class those citizens who are decent people that are not capable of hurting each other except by accident or extreme provocation. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a sheep (a healthy productive citizen)


They feed on sheep without mercy. Believe that there are evil men/women out there that will do evil deeds. The minute you forget that you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens then you are defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf.


These protect the sheep and confront the wolf. If you have a capacity for violence and have a deep love for your fellow citizens, you are a sheepdog. The sheep don’t necessarily like the sheepdog. He looks like the wolf and has fangs, coupled with a capacity to do violence and can be annoying with his constant interruptions. But when the wolf is at the door the flock will desperately try to hide behind one lonely sheepdog. There is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog, but there is one huge advantage and that is being able to survive and thrive in an environment that would destroy 98% of the population.

Most human beings, generally speaking, are decent, law abiding citizens, but please understand that there are bad people out there willing to do bad things to you if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and sometimes that element needn’t even exist.

Why am I sharing this with you? Firstly, simply by highlighting the fact can possibly bring enlightenment. Secondly, it is to plug our Battle Ready Fitness program that can prepare you physically, tactically and mentally to “survive” potential violent encounters not only with physical conditioning and self defense skills, but teach you to recognize and respond appropriately to potentially dangerous environments and get yourself far away from them before they happen (situational awareness training). Many people gung-ho on learning self defense do so for many reasons, but a lot of the time, I feel it is to give them the confidence and ability to “put a whooping” on somebody else. The only down side to physical altercations is that during the process you open yourself up to personal injury, no matter how “bad ass” you are. It is rare that you come away from a physical encounter totally unscathed. The phrase “you should see the other guy” is good, since it means you survived, but at what cost? Here at Rogue Consulting Group, we feel it is better to recognize and avoid contact/conflict if at all possible, yet if cornered, to inflict the most amount of damage in the least amount of time to eliminate the threat while sustaining minimal damage to yourself during the process. Situational awareness is a great tool and it is something we expand on in our program.

The murder rate in the U.S. is roughly 6 per 100,000 people. Two million Americans are victims of violent crime yearly. Aggravated assault is one in every 1000 people. On the surface these numbers may look staggering, but when you consider that there are 300 million Americans and the fact that a lot of violent crime is committed by repeat offenders then the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than 2 million.

There was some research conducted several years ago with individuals who were tried and found guilty of violent crime. These cons were in prison for serious predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders, and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said they targeted their victims by body language – slumped walk, passive behavior, lack of awareness (head buried in an i-phone perhaps?) Most of these cons said that if they thought their prey would not go easily, they simply looked for a different target – much like the big cats of Africa.

Here at Rogue Consulting Group, we feel that you do not need to be wearing a uniform to be a sheepdog and being able to respond to specific environmental conditions appropriately to protect yourself and others is as fundamental as breathing. Both influence your ability to survive. It is a personal choice and it is our goal to give you some tools that will prepare you physically, mentally and tactically to recognize and fight the wolf if necessary if he comes knocking on your door.

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