The Goog Dog Training Tips
So many owners get caught up in the story (whether real or imagined) about their dog’s past. These stories inevitably make things worse for your dog. They case owners to feel bad, sad, guilty, and to not share what their dogs truly need from them. And the truth is, if every dog that I was told was abused, we’d have a country filled with primarily dog abuses, and that just ain’t the case. 🙂
P.S. Sorry the video cut off abruptly! Promise all the best stuff is in there 🙂
This is kind of a heavy message, but one that we all really need to talk about. Having a dog with issues is a serious responsibility. Injuries (or worse) to other dogs or people can result in lawsuits, loss of freedom (dangerous dog title), inability to obtain insurance, quarantine, having your dog put down, or having to choose to put your dog down yourself. Not to mention the guilt and heartbreak of knowing your dog has done something horrible, and that ultimately you’re responsible for it. When the dog we love starts to show problem behaviors it can be easy to fall into denial. It was just that one time. It was just that particular situation. It was just…
This video is a reminder that if you’ve seen previous issues, take them seriously. Don’t tell yourself stories about it being a fluke. Most likely it’s not. Don’t let your desire for the way you want to live with your dog crash into the reality of what your dog is actually capable of. Take precautions, take responsibility. Get out of denial, and … Read More »
Think dog training by the pros is simple, straightforward, and without tons of hurdles and struggles? I’m here to tell you it ain’t. Even for those of us with a lot of dogs and years under our belts, things are almost always messy as we work to build a well-trained, emotionally balanced dog. In this clip I dive into the realities of training and rehab work, and share the truth about the transitional points between starting and looking good.
After posting about fighting dogs Rigby and Bela for the last two weeks (and folks seeing their transformation) I received a ton of questions about how I managed to stop the fights and get them to exist (and work together) peacefully. In this clip I share what is likely the least understood component of turning around serious issues. Most folks simply focus on the training and tools, but the real gateway to transformation doesn’t occur there, it occurs psychologically. The only way to get dogs who are making poor choices to make better choices is to create an entirely new framework from which they operate psychologically. Understanding this concept, and putting it into practice, the right way, is where real transformation lies.
One of the things that trips up so many owners (and trainers!) up is the tone they use when interacting with their dogs. They might use too much excitement, not enough excitement (and usually the wrong one at the wrong time), or just not be believable in their tone to create what they want. When tone and intent is used properly you can help dogs move faster, slower, stay put, relax, calm down…or you can make them make mistakes, push against you, rev up when you want them revved down, ect. It also has a huge impact on relationship and your dog’s perception of you. Check out this clip for all the lowdown on how to use tone and intent to you and your dog’s advantage.
So many owners and trainers get caught up in trying to determine, decipher, and piece together the history and/or causes of a dog’s issues. Here’s the scoop: it’s doesn’t freakin’ matter! Fixing behavior is depending on the behavior you’re seeing currently, not possible stories, history or guesses. Just train the dog, and all the feedback you’ll need, all your answers will be revealed. Because the only real truth, is the dog in front of you.
No matter how talented the quarterback, of you put him with an uncommitted, not motivated, inconsistent team, and he’s gonna lose…probably every time. It’s the same with dog trainers and their clients. The trainer is the quarterback and the owner/family is the team. The trainer is only as good as his or her team. This is an important concept for both owners and trainers to look at.
One of the training concepts I talk about most frequently is leverage. Why? Because it’s without a doubt, one of the most valuable concepts in training. The cool thing is, its actually not hard to use, once you understand it. The other thing is, it works both ways; both for you and your relationship with your dog, and against you and your relationship with your dog. You get to choose. In this clip I breakdown this game changing concept, and share examples and applications of it – both positives and negatives.
When our dogs have issues we have two choices, we can manage the issue or we can actually fix it. Many owners have been advised to train an incompatible behavior (teach the dog to sit when it jumps on people for example), or simply get the dog away from the trigger (call the dog away/go to place, ect). Both of these options are management techniques. They don’t stop the desire to do the original problem behavior, they simply manage it when it arises. The thing is, if you don’t actually pair a negative consequence with a behavior, you and your dog will simply do this dance of problem-and-management for…well…ever.
In this video I share an actual example (charging the front door with intent/teeth bared/growling, serious fence fighting) from this weekend’s TGD problem solving workshop. (This particular dog actually has a significant bite history, so management obviously wasn’t helping). I break down the training recommendations I gave for addressing these issues rather than managing them, I share a few Sean O’Shea style analogies (they’re a thing, I swear!), and I explain why … Read More »
One of the concepts that is an enormous game changer for proofing obedience as well as improving attitude, state of mind, and relationship is creating an invitation. This is a concept that stymies many owners. Instead of creating an invitation, they manage, block, and ultimately fool themselves into thinking their dog is doing better than they actually are. In this TGD Video Tip I break down this super important training concept, and share how it can be applied with several different exercises. I also explain the nuances of how this concept can improve your dog’s overall behavior and your relationship.
I really hope you take a few minutes to watch this video I made for y’all this am. In it I talk about the only real secret: rituals, routines, habits, and their seemingly magical power to change your life. You see, everyone thinks life changes in big motions and actions, but actually it’s all about teeny, tiny actions and effort taken daily. And it’s that daily part that gets most of us. Most of us can marshal our forces for a few days, weeks, or maybe even months, but eventually we fall off, and fall back to our old stuff. The secret, like I said, is to make this stuff a habit – something so deeply a part of your life that you don’t even consider doing it or not doing it. What if you made goal setting, studying, or a healthy smoothie, or the gym as regular as you do showering or brushing your teeth? Eventually it would become automatic, and that automatic part would make it easy for you to keep the habit going. Choices are hard, habits … Read More »
A discussion about taking chances, experimenting, learning, exploring, fixing the bad stuff, and the resiliency of dogs.