Trust and Respect

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Trust and Respect

Obedience training will be ineffective if you are not someone the dog trusts and respects enough to obey when his impulses suggest otherwise. Without trust and respect, the dog will disobey when his agenda is different than your own if you don't have a physical means to control him (ex: leash, prong collar, e-collar), or if you don't have a reward greater than the dog's desire or impulse to disobey. To gain trust and respect, begin by being honest (with yourself AND the dog), consistent and persistent. Address each instance of disobedience calmly and firmly and persist until you get the result you are looking for. Be calmly affectionate when the dog complies, and continue on as you were. Consistency builds trust, and persistence builds respect. Who you are to your dog is everything ...

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It's NOT the dog …

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.

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