Our dog training service is different than the other dog training services you’re going to come across. We’re not going to come in on day one and start talking about how to teach obedience commands.
They’re important, but it doesn’t matter if my dog knows a stay command if he won’t do it for me when I need it.
That’s a leadership issue. I use the phrase all the time “who’s the decision maker?”. If my dog thinks that they are, they will override my commands. That’s when we get frustrated and we raise the volume. Then they ignore us. Or even worse, they get frightened.
Either way, that’s not the relationship we want with our dog.
If you want command of a dog, you need leverage.
The old school way of getting leverage was shock, choke chains, pain and intimidation. Using those methods is a good way to get defiance and retaliation from a dog.
Then a new methodology of training called “purely positive” came around. You used a clicker and a buttload of treats. Everything was positive. If they did something wrong, you didn’t correct them. You waited for the proper behavior and then rewarded it with a treat.
It always makes me think of the kid in Target who’s throwing a fit and the parent has to buy them something to get past the tantrum.
There are humane ways to correct a dog. You don’t have to use pain or physical force. When you have good leadership with your dog, that’s your leverage. And your relationship with your dog will be a lot stronger because of that foundation.
So how do you get there? Give us a call, we’ll talk about your dog. We’ll be happy to talk to you about what our approach to your dog’s particular behaviors would be.
The way we move through the program can change depending on the dog’s behaviors, but we’re going to help you get better control. We’re going to help you get better leadership with your dog.
Susan and Dan and their Pit Bull, Chief
Abandoned Rescue .. Manners .. Obedience .. A Better Puppy Program
“Steve, thank you. This can’t be the same puppy. Chief is doing so well. I’m so happy.”
“We had some time with Chief today around a smaller, older dog. At first, he seemed very over excited. So we maintained the leadership and control methods you taught us, and when he would get overly excited, we were able to manage him. It went very well. By the third time the dog approached him, it was much calmer and his tail was just wagging away. Even with his food and water dishes. Although the other dog’s owner was very nervous and even apologetic when her dog would “tease” Chief by walking by just out of his reach, Chief was very controlled and calm. All this from lesson one!! Thanks, Steve.”
Sue, Dan & Chief in Tolleson