My techniques have really started to hone in these last few years. My style varies from dog to dog. Believe it or not some dogs, don’t like treats! Some don’t need treats, etc. To be a great trainer you have to be balanced trainer. It’s the ability to reach each dog and help to communicate what the owners don’t want them to do.
The whole alpha theory..
This has been beaten to death, but the most important thing to realize is that dogs do need a leader. You don’t have to be mean, but dogs are dogs and they need to be treated as such. The worst case dogs we get are dogs that are lap dogs, allowed on all furniture, no boundaries, rules, etc. I don’t mean you shouldn’t love your do! What I mean is things such as crates are not jail. They allow the dog a. his own place, and puts the dog into a more appreciative state when they deserve freedom.
Dog Training Tools
I use all different training tools. Like I mention above, all dogs are different. I use choke collars, pinch collars, e collars, even flat colloars. It really depends on the dog. Do I use rewards absolutely! I teach every behavior with treats and praise. Praise can mean the exact same as a treat in the dogs actual brain!. Once the dog knows the command, I switch to using a ball or tug. There are times will only use my praise to install the bond.
Why fight nature? What if I told you that you could have the most obedient dog in the world just by walking your dog 10-15 mins 2x per day? Would you do it?
If you answered yes, great, if you answered no, you need to spend more time working with your dog. 🙂
Why not treat a walk like a training session. A mother pup does this in the wild.. stay here, sleep here, come here, walk with me, don’t eat that, where to go potty etc. Use your walks and train at the same time. Sit, down, come, stay, heal, while walking your dog will wash out 80% of most issues! So walk and train.
If you want to see more of my training and interactions with dogs, take a look at my videos page. click here.