When calm, assertive energy isn’t enough
We’ve all heard about our need to be calm, assertive, confident, and unflappable in order to be successful with our dogs. And having those qualities on tap are definitely essential components when it comes to creating progress with our dogs.
But let me dispel a few myths.
All the calm, chilled out, confident energy in the world won’t make your pulling dog not pull. It won’t make your reactive dog not reactive. It won’t make your counter surfing dog stop counter surfing. It won’t make your dog-aggressive dog not dog-aggressive. It won’t make your fearful aggressive dog not fear aggressive. It won’t make your non-recalling dog recall.
It may help some of these to be less intense, or give you a platform to better operate from, or at least not make them worse, but on its own it its just one piece of the equation.
I need you all to hear this. So many have been caught up in believing that if you’ll just transform yourself all your dog’s issues will magically dissipate and disappear.
They won’t. Not on their own.
What you need to stop your pulling dog from pulling are the right tools and training. What you need to make your reactive dog not reactive are the right tools and training. What you need to make your counter surfing dog stop counter surfing is the right tools and training. And on and on.
Yes, the right mindset is a platform that enables everything else to work better, and it removes unhelpful energy from the equation, but it’s no miracle cure. Not on its own.
But if you’ll add the right tools, the right training, along with the right mindset, you’ll have all the necessary components for you and your dog to succeed.
Calm, assertive energy helps everything, for sure, but it’s only one piece of multidimensional puzzle.