Phone Calls about
Dog Training and Behavior
I get several phone calls from potential clients asking me various questions on numerous subjects regarding their dogs on dog training and behavior. Some of the questions are: “My dog is doing X. Can you make him stop?” Others are: “My dog is doing X. Can you help me?”
Unfortunately, I can’t do a lot for the first group. Dog training is a collaborative effort among the three of us — you, your dog, and me. When you see how much your behavior impacts your dog’s behavior, magic happens and you dog’s behavior changes!
One of my favorite “dog training” shows was Super Nanny — which was *not* a dog training show at all. In case you aren’t familiar with the show, people asked for Super Nanny’s help because their children are out of control — they bite, they kick, they scream, they swear, they write on the walls, they have temper tantrums, they destroy things when they don’t get their way. It’s no longer on TV, but if you would like to watch it, here’s the link http://www.tv.com/shows/supernanny/
Jo comes in and works with — wait for it — the parents!!! She rarely works with the children. She helps the parents set rules, boundaries, and consequences that *the children* understand. And magic does happen.
The key is helping children — and dogs — understand what is expected of them in a way that makes sense to them — not in a way that makes sense to you, but in a way that makes sense to them. That’s part of what we teach in Doggie Manners.
I’d love to hear what your comments are. Are you a dog trainer? Please share your experiences with your phone calls from clients or ask a question so we can begin a dialogue to help each other.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog trainer, dog behavior consultant, or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.