Finding the Right Training Method for Your Dog
Updated: Jun 13
I like quality.
I suppose that’s a nice way of saying I’m a recovering perfectionist!
Everything from the food I grow and prepare, to the quality of my close relationships, I value quality.
That’s why when I decided to become a dog trainer, I chose this method. Because I saw the quality that it offers.
See, I’m familiar - though by no means proficient - with some other methods out there. And there are a lot of GREAT programs. In fact, each and every single one of them works. Each one absolutely can get dogs trained, can help you see some transformation in your dog, can educate owners in how to work with dogs.
And yet, for me, the choice to use the method that I use was a no-brainer.
Because it’s the only one that I’ve found to truly get to the root of the problem and build a solid foundation with the dog.
You see other training methods focus mainly on training. Training the dog to stop barking. Training the dog to stop pulling. Training the dog to stop jumping. Even training the dog to see you as pack leader.
But the problem is that training in itself doesn’t solve the root of the problem.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for training! Training holds a valuable place dog-man-ship. But it doesn’t solve the root of the problem.
I have a mop and bucket in my house. But trust me, if my pipes in my kitchen are leaking, I’m not going to be mopping up the mess; I’m going to be fixing my pipes first, then tidying up with the mop.
You see, training doesn’t solve the root of the problem. You might try training your dog to stop barking. It might even work, but it didn’t address the root of the problem which was that she saw herself as pack leader having to protect the den.
You might train your dog to stop jumping, but you didn’t solve the root of the problem which is that he saw himself as pack leader and was demanding attention.
You might train your dog to walk on a loose leash, but you didn’t address the root of the issue and that was that your dog saw himself as the pack leader and was leading you in the hunt.
You might TRAIN your dog to see you as pack leader, but once the bribery or the force wear off, and the chips are down, did you really get to the root of the issue if you didn’t use dog psychology? Are you actually pack leader just because you say so, or are there some criteria your dog has for such a position?
Truly being the pack leader by using dog psychology rather than human psychology is the foundation to all other training.
Just like you can build any house you’d like, so too can you apply any training you want. Just know that it’s best in both cases to do so on a solid foundation.
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