And having a relationship with one is one of the best things about life. But when that relationship includes ‘presents’ on your living room carpet, destroyed furniture, incessant barking, stressful walks or other bad behaviors, you both suffer.
In the past, dog trainers spent a great deal of time disciplining dogs to correct their behavior. Often, they set the dogs up to do something wrong then applied discipline. This process can work, the problem with it is what it does to the animals we call our best friends…and the relationship we’re trying to strengthen.
Some dogs do fine when trained with control, force and discipline/correction but many do not. Dogs who have endured trauma’s who are suffering through insecurities or those who are more timid or nervous can quickly shut down and stop engaging. This type of training can also seriously hurt your relationship. Your dog trusts you and is looking to you for guidance, reassurance and support.
The type of training that works best for dogs is one that allows them to experience and explore the world, learn what’s expected and be acknowledged when they make correct choices. We call this choice-based training and we use positive reinforcement to teach it and help dogs make good decisions no matter the situation.
By marking and reinforcing the behaviors you want your dog to do, and listening and reacting to them when they’re communicating with you, you can watch your dogs confidence grow and your relationship improve!
How pranaDOGS is different
All dogs are different – and taking those differences into account is one of the things pranaDOGS does best. We provide private training on all Core Competencies but unlike other trainers, we gear our training based on your dogs individual needs and your lifestyle.
Shy, reserved and fearful dogs, or dogs who didn’t receive positive socialization can often require a softer touch when training. Building trust, improving self-confidence and holding the space for these guys is key to positive training experiences and helping the dog become more balanced.
On the other end of the spectrum are the dogs who are full of energy, react to every sound or movement and who are often called high-spirited or high-strung. These dogs can be very frustrating to train and often require a calm, cool presence to help them learn and settle into training mode.
pranaDOGS combines positive, reinforcement-based training with your dogs personality to help them make great choices and improve the communication between you and your best friend.
Don’t let your relationship with your pet suffer. Many people deal with problem issues that can be resolved or managed with some basic guidance.