dog iconMy Philosophy on Dog Training

Robert with dogsI have seen many techniques for training dogs. I use a combination of techniques as required. I have found that dogs learn quicker and enjoy the training sessions when food/treats are used as positive rewards for basic obedience training.

Punishment should never be used as it only creates a fearful dog. Punishment only satisfies the "punisher" and teaches the dog nothing except to be fearful of the trainer/owner. We punish dogs because we can and usually punish them when we are angry and out of control.

I do believe and use corrections when working with dogs on training that will not really work with food rewards. An example of this is in training a reliable recall. A dog would rather go after a squirrel or other animal than return to you for a treat!! Another example is an aggressive dog when in the aggressive mode will not eat a treat. The dog's mind is in a state of excitement and he cannot be trained, or take a treat when he is "going off" at another dog or person.

Corrections teach a dog that he must obey a command and as his leader we will not accept anything less.

My basic obedience classes consist of positive reinforcement (treat/food rewards).

Dogs are simplistic. They are easy to train and ALL dogs can be trained regardless of their age. I believe that we must teach them to respect us as leaders, but we must earn this respect by being strong, kind, fair, and loving leaders. Read, memorize and practice the nine Rules of Leadership.

A word about aggressive dogs. Dogs are not born with an aggressive gene. Something in their life created the aggression. We may or may not know what caused this, but it will not get better on it's own. An aggressive dog is not a happy dog. He is stressed, and so is the owner. Aggression limits the dog's lifestyle as well as his owner's.

"Aggression is not a training problem, but a problem of how the dog perceives what is happening to her and how she responds to the perception" - American College Of Veterinary Behaviorists