As I have mentioned I am always learning about dog training. I test my theories against others and see what I can learn. I have noticed that in most cases people seek out dog trainers for a specific reason. Here is the list of the usual suspects: pulls on leash, barks, chases things, digs, tears things up, aggressive towards dog and/or people. I also get a lot of questions about how to potty train a pooch.
Here is the thing I see in every course I have attended:
The client says… my dog does …..(choose from aforementioned list.)
A poor dog trainer will show up with a bag full of devices and some short sighted advice about how to solve your problem.
A good dog trainer will show up and give you a system of working with your dog that will lead to improvement.
The key here is that all behavior is linked. Relationships take time and effort.
A simple example, if ever time you come home from work your dog has destroyed your underwear. You could find some punishment, consequence whatever you want to call it, or you could work diligently on finding a solution that gives your dog a more full life, builds your bond and serves as a foundation for learning all that you and your dog can learn. This is what elite dog trainers do.
The biggest obstacle clients have when working with an elite dog trainer is that of patience. I am even guilty of this on occasion and may not stress the importance of this enough to my clients. At Motley Dog Dog Training we design exercises for you and your dog as opposed to putting everyone through one system. The reason for this is that you live a different life then you neighbor. While the exercises I give your neighbor maybe the polar opposite of what I have given you, they are both designed with the same foundation in mind.
Any dog training worth doing requires that you invest the time to build a foundation and maintain that foundation while adding to your success. Look at it this way if you want your child to know algebra you don’t just run out buy and Algebra book and beat it into that child. If you have a very intelligent child that might work or you may break them. The obvious solution is that you start with square one and build on that knowledge until you have mastered Algebra.
So remember you are teammates work together, build on past success and don’t be afraid to fail or fall back a step when things are not clicking. Behaviors are complex they result from many convergent experiences and need to be learned or corrected in a similar manner.
Till next time,
Motley says ….WOOF….