The Owner Half of Dog Training
To be exact the owner half of dog training is more than half, it’s 100% of dog training.
As the owner of 4 lively border collies, with different personality and background, I know that training 4 very different dogs requires a flexible approach. What works well with one dog, simply doesn’t work with another. One dog is motivated by food, another by touch, another by play and another by my company.
My dogs haven’t always been well trained
When I was a child, we never had well trained dogs. We had to keep the dog on a lead. If we let the dog off in the park he would run away and not come back. My dreams were of the kind of dogs I have now. Dogs who love to walk beside their owner, come to call sign, walk on loose lead and are friendly with other dogs, do tricks, jumps and run through tunnels.
How did I know what to do?
9 years ago, my first pup arrived, age 8 weeks. Despite reading books and chatting to friends my knowledge of dog training was zero. Dog training classes seemed a solution. Once a week we went and progress was slow. Very soon the realization dawned that just going to a class, training the dog, was not enough.
When I’m out with my four girls people often say “Are they all yours? What a handful”. But, then as we chat and the girls sit, they say “Aren’t they well behaved”.
It’s true, we all work together as a pack. When they are ‘on lead’ they walk two at North, North-West and two at South, South-East. They walk ‘round’ me quietly & with loose leads. Off leads they watch me all the time and come straight to my call.
Hypnotherapy, psychological change through coaching helps
The secret of my success is that I’ve integrated personal psychological change & Hypnosis techniques into dog training.
Training a dog to be confident, calm, respectful, to want to work for you, starts with training those qualities in yourself. Your dog takes in information through his senses and processes them to read you. Every change in your voice tone, intonation and rhythm gives your dog a clue about your emotional state. Every bit of your body posture gesture and action does the same.
If you have a naughty dog, a difficult to train dog, a dog that simply doesn’t listen, you need to make some changes in yourself. If you carry on doing what you’ve done before the dog won’t change.
Best dog training involves positive reinforcement
The best dog training involves positive reinforcement of good behaviour. If you want a well-trained dog, start with yourself. From today input 100% to bring out all your own best qualities of kind, happy, alert, confidence.
3 Tips to help you relax when you train your dog
If you know that you get anxious, loose your temper or stress when your dog is being ‘naughty’ then try these 3 tips;
- Carry out some simple relaxation processes before you go out with your dog. Spend 20 or 30 seconds practicing slow relaxed breathing with attention on the out breath.
- Take a couple of minutes to gently circle your shoulders, soften your fingers and hands, wriggle toes, circle an imaginary hoola-hoop and smile
- Listen to 5 minutes of slow beat music, calming and sedating
If you feel you need some help to control your own emotional state when you are training your dogs then you can contact me via the contact page