Some years have now passed since I started training dogs. And I’ve come to realize that a lot of my methods and beliefs about training have also matured. Once you get enough dogs under your belt, you start to understand that even though all dogs are very different, the root of behavioral problems stem from the same too places, fear and lack of structure. Although dogs have extreme variances in these two areas, I have found that with the dogs I work with, the bad behavior always boils down to those two places.
The challenge then is to peel back those layers and get to the root of the problem, then figure out how to overcome the behavior. What I have learned in the last few years is that dogs have different learning curves, sort of like people do. Some learn very quickly and for others it takes a while. The key is knowing how the dog learns and then figuring out how to train it in a manner that it can understand.
Just about anybody can teach a dog basic behaviors such as sit and down. But dogs have a much higher intellect and learning how to tap into that intellect and use it for training is what makes a more mature and successful dog trainer. I’m happy to say that I have finally reached that level of maturity in my training career. But I’m even more please to say that I also know that I never stop learning. There will never be a day when I say, “Well I’ve done it. That is all there is to know about dog training!”
Point here is just to share with you that I have reached a level of maturity where I train in a much softer method and taking more time to do it. That I now understand dogs on a much different level than I did in the beginning and that I’m able to use that understanding and transfer it into the methods I use for training.
I’m now Certified through The International Association of Canine Professionals as a Certified Dog Trainer!
Its been a few years, but I’ve enjoyed every dog that I’ve worked with and will continue to enjoy my profession for many years to come.
Bring on the dogs!