Choice...Why it's so important
Why is the concept of "choice" so important in dog training?
Giving your dog choice is basically letting them decide what to do or not do without much intervention from you.
If he doesn't sit what is your response? Do you view the request to "sit" a "command"? Is your dog being "disobedient"?
Is he challenging your "dominance", as the "alpha" in the family? No, he just didn't choose to sit, for his own reasons and we should be OK with that. Respecting the dog's right to choose has many benefits:
We know that autonomy and choice are important to us humans too. Children learn faster and are happier when they have autonomy. Employees are happier and more productive when they are not micromanaged. The same is true with our relationship with our dogs.
I hope you will consider the concept of choice as an integral part of your relationship with your dog.
I am a dog trainer in Riverside California. My specialty is Companion Dog Training. Helping your dog to live in your home.