What do you want your dog to "be" rather than what do you want your dog to "do"
If you've decided to get some training for your dog, what goals might you have in mind? Most people think in terms of gaining control and getting an obedient dog. I would like to suggest that you think about what you would like your dog to "be"as opposed to what your would like your dog to "do".
While these things go together, one causes the other to happen. When we look at what a dog can "do", it puts the focus on the dog and his behavior. When we look at what a dog can "be", it puts the focus on what we humans need to do to set things up for success. This puts our overall goals in a very positive manner. The more we look at our behavior and how to make it easy and fun for our dogs to succeed, the better results we will get.
Let's look at a possible list of under each category, "doing and being".
What are some things we would like our dogs to "do and not do"?
So then what are some of the things we would like our dog to "be"?
So what might be the impact of an approach like this?
I would suggest that we start with what we want our dogs to be, confident, secure and ready to engage in a life with you. I think this sets us up for success. If your dog feels good he will be a natural learner. This will also sharpen your observational skills as you progress through your training.
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I am a dog trainer in Riverside California. My specialty is Companion Dog Training. Helping your dog to live in your home.