First of all, I want to commend you for taking the first step and coming to my blog. Behavioral problems are the number one reason that dogs enter shelters today and just the fact that you came here shows that you love your dog and are are interested in transforming your relationship. This blog is all my thoughts and feelings on everything dog. Come here any time you like and read what has been going on. Also feel free to contact me with any questions you have I am happy to help. My journey with animals has been an interesting path and I am excited to share all that I have learned!
I believe dog training should work for your life! It is not some magic science, it is really more intuitive than people think. There is a lot of common sense that goes into it, I think a lot of dog owners over think stuff sometimes. I want everyone to have a better more enriching relationship with their pet. This relationship is built through trust and cooperation. Through your behavior your dog learns to trust that if he cooperates he will be rewarded. Either with something tangible that he needs (food, water, shelter, etc.), or something he wants (love, a toy thrown, etc.).
This relationship in some ways is like that of an employer and an employee. Your dog’s one job in life is to pay attention to you and follow the patterns of behavior YOU reinforce. You one job is reinforce the behaviors you want to stick around and redirect the ones you don’t like. If you keep this principle in the foreground of your mind you will always see success.
Remember, just like any living creature, training is always occurring for your pet at every moment of the day. Even right now as you are reading this blog your pet is learning something. It is your choice what your pet learns. Just like a human child, raising a puppy is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week job. Just as with children, there are no days off from training. Invest every moment wisely and you will see rewards quickly.
Now if you are one of the fortunate, and you are reading this blog while your puppy is in between the ages of 8 weeks and 16 weeks you are very lucky indeed. You dog is at the perfect stage to start training, your dog is a clean slate just waiting to be written on. On the other hand if your dog is a little older, don’t fret, just because your slate may already have some words written on it doesn’t mean they can’t be erased and re-written. Just recognize you will need to have the patience to take the time to erase and rewrite. It always takes more time to unlearn a naughty behavior and replace it, than it took to learn the behavior in the first place.
Licks and Wags,