Our dog training system focuses on behavior and quality of interactions, rather than commands in isolation from each other. The result is a calm, relaxed and content dog that's obedient on or off leash.
Leadership is the only thing we know of that works to control a dog’s instinct and genetics. The existence or lack of leadership is demonstrated by the dog's willingness or refusal to do these basic things:
If your dog won’t do those basic things, there won't be significant obedience or behavior problem solving. There is no in-between, either the dog does these or not. If you are not winning psychologically, then all you are left with is force, coercion and/or bribing with food and toys.
Our dog obedience training programs are simple, and focus on just a handful of commands. We teach you to have your dog lie down and stay, to come when called, to go away when told, to follow, to heel, to wait, and to jump. Using this handful of commands, we are able to shape the dog's behaviors and habits so that being calm and submissive become the dog's default state. Once these are in place, we then focus on more involved or specific training needs. The training is faster and easier because we have already put in place a pattern of obedience and trust on or off leash.
Our dog training programs are not so much about 'commands' as they are about developing calm, cooperative behavior.
What makes our dog training so different is that it is mostly about the humans. Who you are to your dog is what matters most. Respect and trust are paramount.
We get off-leash obedience quickly because we use affection, communication, trust, and MUTUAL respect. Dogs are intelligent, social animals. Understanding and relating while respecting their intelligence and willingness to work as a team is what gets fast, reliable results - not food-bribery or violence.
Affection is a very important component of the process and is rewarding to both you and your dog. There should be lots of it. The secret is in when and how that affection is given. Affection given at the wrong time is a common issue and often rewards inappropriate behavior. For example, trying to calm an excited, fearful or aggressive dog by talking and touching or petting him often works to make the problem worse. Clearly, in that case, the dog is not getting the intended message no matter how well-intentioned.
Another common scenario is one where corrections are not effective. For example, the dog is pulling and lunging (or simply refusing to obey a known command), and the owner is tugging on the leash and/or yelling at the dog. Frustration mounts and the dog is even less responsive to the owner's directions and commands. Over time, that dog becomes more and more tolerant of the "corrections" and develops even more willingness to ignore the owner. We address these problems by teaching you to understand your dog's behavior and body language so that you can truly see the right time to be affectionate or take corrective action.
It's all about the relationship. When you learn to lead, you can correct or even prevent unwanted behaviors and train your dog to behave politely at home and in public. You can easily teach your dog new, acceptable behaviors. You can relax because you know that your dog will mind and obey you. Your dog can relax because he'll know he can trust your leadership. Dogs recognize leadership, trust it, and respond to it immediately. Positive, humane and effective dog training is immediately evident. With clear leadership, you won't need to always have a bag of treats or a "clicker" handy, and you won't need 6 or 12 weeks to train your dog to "sit," "stay," or come to you on command.
You see, with Best Buddy Dog Training's methods, obedience is not the result of external tools like e-collars, prong collars, harnesses, haltis, or treats. The dog is not cooperating in hope of a food reward or in fear of punishment. Rather, obedience is a result of a partnership of cooperation between you and your dog(s), developed through trust and consistent leadership. Learning to develop that kind of relationship with your dog is key to gaining cooperation and obedience on or off leash when it truly matters. In fact, it is only after that kind of relationship is developed that formal obedience training should begin. We can show you how to develop that kind of relationship with your dog(s).
In the end, it's not how many commands your dog 'knows' - it's who you are to your dog; who you are to your dog is everything.