"But he looks so sad now" It still amazes me when I visit a client with a dog that I see has no impulse control,... fb.me/87Y8yf5s4
I have been working with and training dogs in a professional capacity for 35 years. I am a former RAAF Police Dog and Drug Detector Dog Handler/Trainer, having served 12 years in that capacity. For the past 23 years since discharging from the RAAF my focus has been on helping dog owners with their dogs obedience and behavioural issues.
"What I do think is important is that no one system fits all, the best trainers can read their dogs and assess what works for the individual dog and tailor their training to that. Having watched Mark work, that was what impressed me the most, the way he understands and assesses each dog and then can tailor his response to make it absolute sense to the dog."
NEVER BLAME YOUR DOG - dogs are not bad
If your relationship with your dog is only based on love and affection, and handing out treats, and there is no consistent enforcement of discipline and boundaries, then you have a dog that will instinctively take advantage of you and its environment.
If your dog is taking advantage of you and your relationship, this is not your dogs fault, nor do you have a bad dog. You are not satisfying your dogs instinctive needs for it to live harmoniously within its social group.
Your dog needs to learn:
Getting angry or frustrated at your dog for what you perceive as bad or disrespectful behaviour is never the answer for a lack of enforcing consistent discipline and boundaries. Punishing your dog out of anger and frustration only creates confusion and anxiety in your dog, never respect or a well balanced relationship.
Sometimes we do get a little lost and feel like we are in over our head.. Do not disrepair, there is always professional guidance available. If this is the case for you, then contact a balanced dog behaviour specialist and trainer to help guide you back on to the right path.
If the methods you have been using are not helping you with your dog
If you have been working with and been given advice from other trainers, to help modify or work through behavioural issues with your dog, and finding you are having little success, or the process has been taking too long, or been advised your dog needs to be placed on psychotropic medication, or worse still be put to sleep, then you seriously need to be looking at alternative methods for the welfare of your dog.
Relying on methods that could take months, by using counter-conditioning methods that only incorporate ignoring, redirecting or avoiding unwanted behaviours can lead dog owners to becoming frustrated, and possibly resort to eventually administering inappropriate punishment to their dog. We need to understand the unwanted behaviours, the underlying causes and triggers, and then with this understanding help the dog as quick as we can by using methods the dog instinctively understands.