Dog training teaches dogs a cue that they will follow when we tell them to do so. Undeniably, we need to teach some of these for emergency situations, safety, etc. However, let’s take a closer look at what is happening. Even with the best of intentions, teaching a cue that the dog is expected to honor, is exerting control over the dog. Like a child, there are times when we need a dog to respond to us without question for safety reasons. But, we want to be very intentional about which cues we teach them, and make sure the cues are of mutual benefit. We want to ensure that we are not simply teaching our dog to “sit” because its what the world says that all dogs need to learn.
My dog training services capitalize on the social intelligence of dogs, so that we can teach them most of the skills they need without having to direct them to do things. Deep trust, faster learning, and an amazing two-way partnership with your dog, are the results, and they are completely amazing!