First I like to talk one on one with each client and observe their interaction with their dog. I want my clients to tell me not only the problems but what they expect from the dog.

At that point I arrange a program to help them achieve their goal.

For example if the dog is going to be around a lot of small children then I focus a lot on manners and teaching the dog to respect people and children as well.

 

If the dog is owned be people with no children, who are very active and would like to take the dog with them. I focus on good behavior in public, responsiveness and attention. These are just examples of a small part of the much larger training picture.

Most people want a dog who will respond to them, who will come when called who will "sit" and "down" on command and walk on a leash without pulling. These are really not hard things for dogs to learn.

 

The methods I use change with each client and dog combination. I assess the client and dog working together. I always start out with the softest and most positive method of training. But if that method doesnít seem to achieve the desired results then I move on to something that will. All untrained dogs have behavior problems but not all solutions work on all dogs.

There are methods and behaviors I prefer. But I see my purpose as someone to help the owners achieve what they want out of their dog within their own agenda and not mine. So with each client I may do things just a little different.

The most important thing a dog must learn is how to be right. I believe most dogs really do want to please their owners. Some just havenít figured out how. My job is to help the dog and owner figure out how to work together. Many clients are surprized to find they are actually communicating the exact opposite of what they really want.
For example: Dogs jump up, on people or in your lap. Constantly pushing them off is actually rewarding them for jumping up.
Most dogs pull on the leash. Even if you correct them but still go in the direction they want, what are you telling them? Who is in control? Find out how to change your communication.
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Dog training does not have to be rigid, pushing and pulling, tense and awful. Once a good type of communication is established all the problems start to fix themselves. Problems in training are usually related to how the team communicates. No matter what method is used
praise is always the most important part of training.

 

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