A lot of people look confused when l tell them to implement structures in their life. They think it is very odd that they should put the dog in commands all the time. (Who does that?) They can not comprehend why they should not give their dog excessive affection (isn’t that why we have dogs?) And they cannot imagine how to tire out their dogs if they do not go to dog parks (l need to let my dog play to tire him out or else he won’t sleep!) When l told them not to let other pe
"My dog needs a best friend. That is why I take him to the dog park." Your dog's best friend should be YOU; it should not be your neighbor's dog, the dog he grew up with, or the dog he met at the dog park. Dogs crave for an intimate relationship with you. They want to have you lead them, inspire them, direct them, and protect them. They crave for a relationship whereas they can lean on you, follow you, and be one with you. Please honor that. "Who is your dog's best friend?" "
A dog can become reactive with too much love and freedom.
A lot of dogs ended up in the shelter because they were given nothing but love and freedom by their owners (should say ex owners).
Freedom is not a good thing for a dog when the dog has no idea what to do with it. Love without guidance is not going to make the dog stronger or happier.
Lots and lots of misplaced love and freedom will result in lots and lots of entitlement, confusion, and anxiety, which are what dr
I focus a lot on the walk.
When the walk is right, the mind is right and lots of problems will go away.
When l see a dog barking, lunging, growling, l usually see a dog who is also pulling, sniffing, and totally disconnected from the owner.
When l see a dog who is pulling and sniffing constantly, l usually see a dog who is wearing a harness, or a flat collar, with a very long leash held by an owner who is totally separated from the dog both physically and mentally.
Think like a dog mother, not a fur mom.
Be extremely black and white, do not give your dog million shades of greys with excessive humanization.
Dogs are very simple.
Please don’t over complicate things by forcing them to be another species. #structure #leardership #socialization
You are like a mirror to your dog.
If you cannot stand being away from your dog for a second, your dog will likely also feel the same way and suffers separation anxiety.
If you are very emotional, your dog will likely be reactive, too.
Training can only help so much. You need to change.
Instead of being the mirror, you can be the role model.
If your dog is very obsessive, you can act independent.
If your dog is very reactive, you can be aloof and calm.
You can l
Harley just went back to Whistler BC after finishing his boarding here.
We just finished a lesson with his lovely owners, who came here after an epic flight back from Europe.
We went over something in the lesson that l like to talk a little bit about here.
In order for Harley to feel safe and stop reacting, he needs to believe that his human can absolutely take care of the situations for him. This is about trust.
There is a part of trust that is not often talked about
Many owners were told they should use desensitization and counter conditioning when they have a reactive dog.
They were told they should never use correction, they were told they should never punish the dog for reacting, they were told they should never make the dog uncomfortable.
I was one of those people years ago.
We were told we had to keep the bar opened so to speak whenever a dog appeared. We were told to pour high value treats onto a dog when another dog appeared
If you have to choose between giving up treating your dog like a human baby vs giving up your dog entirely, what would you choose? You may be surprised to know how many people l have met chose the latter instead.
“I feel so sad about giving up my dog...but l think he will be happier with someone else.”
Usually, what really happened is that the dog would have been really happy with the same person and would also behave much better if the owner could only stop humanizing th
I have seen so many owners who were afraid to correct their dogs.
Many of them have been to other training classes and they were told that if they corrected their dogs, their relationship would definitely be damaged and there would be fallouts and their dogs would turn on them.
I have met owners with scars all over their arms, ladies who could not wear bathing suits due to numerous scars on their thighs, seniors with cuts all over their faces after being pulled and dragge
Q: l spend awesome quality time with my dog when we snuggle on the sofa watching tv together. Other than that, what else do you recommend l do with my dog?
A: Spending quality time with your dog is not the same as coddling or snuggling with your dog.
When l think of quality time, l think of spending time to train my dog, walk my dog, and play with my dog.
These activities can challenge my dog, educate my dog, and encourage my dog.
They are “quality” because they can e
Many people feel bad about implementing structure for their dogs.
But structure is not a bad thing. It is good for your dogs.
Dogs love structure.
Structure clarifies the confusion for a dog who may find our world intimidating, and it gives the dog a sense of security and stability as he/she knows what to expect so he/she does not need to guess and worry.
Structure is a life style.
A structural life style for a dog is like working in a very organized office - you kn
When grandma comes to visit, the kids are very excited because grandma will shower them with gifts, yummy snacks and so on. Grandma never asks them to do anything they don't like to do. Grandma will tolerate all sorts of inappropriate behaviour. The kids love both dad and grandma but they display very different behaviours in front of them. There are lots more self-control in their relationship with their dad. With dad, there are clear boundaries and they understand what they
--The owner comes home and sees his dog at the door. The dog is very excited, tail wagging, drooling, jumping, spinning...and the owner becomes really excited too. He hugs and kisses and makes a big fuss with the dog. --On his walk, when the dog sees another dog he feels very anxious and lunges at the dog, the owner becomes anxious and frustrated, too. Now, he feels so nervous whenever he sees a dog coming. --The owner wants to talk on the phone but the dog sits in front of h