The well-trained dog is a happy dog. Well-trained dogs get to go more places. The dog that knows how to behave in various situations or to look to you for guidance in unfamiliar situations is able to do more things and have more freedom. Things like hanging out with your dog at the park, taking your dog for walks, or having friends and relatives drop by become less stressful and more fun because the well-trained dog is able to participate without getting into trouble.
This is not the result of extrinsic training tools like clickers, treats, e-collars, prong collars, or haltis. It is a result of developing a clear, honest, affectionate and communicative bond with the dog thru consistence, and assertive leadership as well as genuine and expressive affection.
Who you are to your dog is everything ...
Much of 'modern' popular dog behavioral training seems to be focused on changing, redirecting or struggling to understand why dogs develop behavior issues, and treating the symptoms of those issues. In my opinion, far too much of the emphasis is then placed on changing the dog and not enough on changing the way the human owner relates to and behaves around the dog. In my experience, the most common behavioral issues tend to be created or exacerbated by the humans' input or lack thereof. For better or worse. The posts in this blog share my views on the human-dog relationship and how to effect it in a way that creates balance, calmness, fulfillment and obedience.