When shopping for a dog trainer, we believe that one of the most important factors in making your choice is the methodology that the trainer uses to train their dogs.
There are a number of methods in use out there and it’s important that you don’t unintentionally employ a trainer that uses a methodology that you don’t approve of for your dog.
Three potential methods that you will run across include shock collar training, choke chain training and clicker training. These types of trainers are not big on telling you ahead of time that they will be using these methods.
We use leadership training and techniques to help our clients naturally elevate themselves above their dogs. When you establish proper leadership with your dog, without using force or negative physical methods, and you have them looking to you for their cues on how to behave, everything comes easier, from correction, to recall, to general behavior, including response to obedience commands, even when your dog is under distraction or stimulation.
Leadership does not mean physical dominance. We do not condone holding dogs down in the alpha rollover position or poking them in the neck or stepping on their paws or scruffing them by the back of the neck.
These are all methods that we’ve seen other trainers use and we don’t agree with them. These types of methods, along with choke chains and shock collars will just make you cringe as you watch the trainer work your dog over.
We do not support the use of shock collar training, choke chains or drug therapy for common dog behavior and obedience problems. We are also not a gadget trainer. We don’t use gimmicky devices like clickers for obedience training or spray bottles or shaker cans for correction.
Shock collars do not help your ongoing leadership with your dog. They just hurt them, scare them and can train the personality right out of them.
You also won’t be able to predict any adverse side effects that could occur (ie. my good, social dog jumps at the door so I shock him and now he doesn’t even want to greet people anymore – we shocked the friendly right out of him).
Choke chains are used to break your dog’s will using physical force. Watching a choke chain trainer work with your dog will just hurt your heart. There’s a reason that they take more bites than any other type of trainer.
Clicker training is based on a purely positive approach to training a dog. It doesn’t gain you any leadership either. This method uses continual treat reward and bribery to try to modify behavior.
Treat reward can work for teaching a new command quicker but it’s ultimately your leadership position with your dog that gets you the proper response to those commands.
If you would like to read a more detailed outline on these methods, please click here.
When you use a balanced method of training, your results come quick and last for the life of your dog. We will teach you how to employ those methods and we’ll show you how to interact with your dog in a way that keeps you in a leadership position for their entire life.
Most important, we put you in charge of your dog.
We will show you how to train your dog and how to become the leader in your dog’s eyes. You can throw obedience and correction commands at your dog all day long, but if he does not view you as his leader, then he is ultimately making the decision on whether or not he obeys those commands.
Through our program and our teachings, you will learn how to control your dog and teach your dog to look to you for his cues on how to behave. A dog that is under your control is a dog that you can be proud of and count on every day. We’ll help you get there.