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Our "Real-World" Training Methods:
The secret to good dog training is: We don't just need to train our dogs. We need to train ourselves.
People have gotten the term "discipline" all wrong these days. They assume that discipline means to allow someone to make mistakes, and then punish them for it. That' couldn't be further from the truth.
Discipline is setting your alarm early to go to the gym every morning, even when staying in bed is more comfortable.
Discipline is continuing to practice playing on your guitar, even when your fingers get sore.
Discipline is the practice of doing small acts every day to be a better person for yourself and those around you.
If a dog owner can discipline themselves to be the leader their dog needs, they will rarely need to punish their dog, because it is often our behavior that molds our dog's behavior.
There's a common saying in the dog training industry "Get three dog trainers in a room and the only thing two of them will agree on, is what the third is doing wrong." Silly, but it's true. Dog trainers are very diverse in their methods and "beliefs".
Long ago, dog owners only had two types of trainers to choose from.
The first option was dog trainers who call themselves "purely positive" or "force-free". This group believes that dogs should only be trained with treats and praise and never be punished for their bad behavior.
The second option was a group of people whose training methods were "old-school", typically passed down from a previous generation. The old school methods worked for getting dogs to obey, but they were heavy-handed and relied on the idea "I am the man, you are the dog and if you won't listen, I'll make you listen."
The purely positive option sounds really nice, but the problem is...
This is the Real World. There are cars to chase, strange things to sniff, and people to jump on!
Your dog isn't always going to be tricked by a cookie. Even if they were, is that really the kind of relationship you want with your dog? Where the only way to get them to listen is by bribing them with food?
The more authoritative option was effective, but people soon realized that wasn't the kind of relationship they wanted either.
They wanted their dogs to obey but do so with heart. So dog owners and enthusiasts alike were stuck in limbo, until a better option arrived. Today it's called balanced training.
We lie somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. We want you and your dog to have a great relationship and have fun training! But we also want them to be a safe and enjoyable dog to live with.
Training doesn't have to be frustrating for either one of you. It is possible for both human and dog to enjoy your training while having fun and building a loving relationship. We combine a mix of all types of training methods (including positive reinforcement) to help you train your dog.
However, as I said before, this is the real world....
Sometimes your dog is going to do things that are dangerous, or that cost you a lot of money or stress.
Your dog must understand that there are consequences to his behavior, but with the growth of technology and new found dog training methods, we don't have to do it the "old-school" way anymore.
If we can train ourselves to be better leaders for our dogs, the need to correct them for bad behavior is few and far between. That's what we help people do.
One of my favorite things to do is to help people train their dog to be reliable off-leash.
Dogs are animals. They were meant to run, play, sniff and explore. Exploration helps their state of mind and there's nothing better than a dog who can be trusted off a leash. I help my clients accomplish that every day by teaching them how to use modern dog training tools and technology. Read more about that here.
All in all, I just want you and your dog to be happy and live a great life together, whatever that looks like for you. That may seem impossible now, but let me show you just how capable of good behavior your dog truly is. Book a call with us now and we can talk all about it.