Dog Training Philosophy
The reason that I started to train dogs was to help improve the overall human/canine relationship. The reason that I continue is that I love it.
I enjoy the process of training dogs, and the process of teaching and learning from their owners. I enjoy the company of dogs, and seize every opportunity to be around them. I enjoy watching the relationship between owner and dog improve as their communication improves.
My dog training philosophy is based on the application of four main principles: Simplicity, Moderation, Balance, and Awareness. My experience with dogs is influenced by these principles, and informed by my study of dog breeds, dog behavior, the relationship between humans and dogs, dog body language, the ways that dogs react to people, and the way people react to dogs.
What is Dog Training?
My definition is the act of intentionally communicating with a dog. It is a practice, or something that should be practiced daily. It is a conversation that continues between the dog and the trainer or owner for life.
Purpose of Dog Training:
While socialization helps to domesticate your puppy, dogs must also learn how to communicate with people in everyday life. Training is the key to effective, clear, and consistent communication. This form of canine education is based on consistency, trust, and mutual respect.
Method of Dog Training:
My method of dog training is best discussed during a face-to-face meeting. I call it The Way of Simple Communication. I offer an in-person evaluation, during which the dog owner and I will select the most appropriate or best-suited approach for that particular dog and situation. During the evaluation, we will also discuss your dog’s history, social development, behavior patterns, canine personality, and energy level. We also talk about any problems and/or goals.
Approach to Dog Training:
My suggested approach will vary based on the individual dog and situation. The approach will also allow for adjustments as the owner and the dog learn how to better communicate, and as the situation changes.
Dog Training Tools:
Before starting training, I will discuss with the dog owner any and all tools that we will use. We will discuss the proper and responsible use of common dog training tools, how the correct use of each tool affects the training process, the history of the tool, and any health effects that incorrect use of the tool may have on the dog. I select training tools based on the dog and the owner. I will not use a tool if I do not agree with its use on that dog, or if the owner does not agree with its use.
Benefits of Dog Training and Good Communication:
A trained dog is a pleasure to be around. Any dog that listens to his/her owner and is respectful of others lives a fuller and freer life. The primary purpose of obedience training is to give the dog owner peace of mind that the dog will respond to them in a positive way. From keeping a hyper dog from running away or jumping on people, to helping a shy dog come out of its shell, training helps to solve a wide range of behavior problems. Obedience training is a solid foundation for other forms of training. From Frisbee dogs to service dogs, tracking dogs to herding dogs, it all starts with obedience.
The Importance of Owner Instruction:
Each dog will respond to each person according to the way that person acts toward the dog. Dog training is useless if your dog listens to the trainer but ignores you. Therefore, owner instruction is the most important component of these training programs, ensuring that the training is still effective even when your trainer is not around. My method for owner instruction is based on listening to the owner and observing the dog’s behavior around the owner. My goals are to help the owner to see and understand the dog’s behavior, and learn how their actions affect that behavior. Once this is accomplished, it becomes easier for the owner to achieve the desired behavior from the dog on a consistent basis.
Added Benefits of Dog Training:
This form of communication increases the bond between human and canine. The act of focusing intently on your dog during regular training sessions for short periods of time deepens and strengthens the trust in the relationship. The owner learns to predict or anticipate the dog’s behavior. The biggest benefit is that the dog gets to travel more freely and safely in the human world. Got a question? Ask The Trainer!