A structured walk is the backbone of your relationship with your dog. And for your dog, it is the most important part of his day.
For dog owners, there is nothing worse than when you are out in public and your dog lunges, barks, or aggresses towards another dog or person in any way. Many people see this and instantly judge you as a bad dog owner walking around with a dog that isn’t safe.
For many, when this sort of thing happens, right or wrong, they give up. At the end of the day people want a dog that can walk side-by-side with them in their lives and going through something as embarrassing as a wild, bucking, dangerous looking dog while your neighbors look at you and judge everything you’re doing wrong wasn’t on the menu when you picked up that puppy or that rescue dog at the shelter
There are a couple of basic rules I have when it comes to being good with dogs – one of which is being able to control your space.
This is something that people understand very easily when it comes to interacting with other humans – we don’t sit on the laps of strangers, we don’t hang all over strangers, and most of us don’t excessively hug or kiss strangers.
In fact, getting into another human’s space is such an awkward action, we came up with a standardized way of getting into each other’s space so it doesn’t come off as hostile or awkward – the disarming handshake in our culture (in Europe and other cultures they have a similar, but still easily understood social protocol for entering a person’s space).
However, this basic concept that is so intuitive in our day to day lives with other humans is oddly difficult to apply to our dogs.
Georgia the Golden Doodle checked in yesterday and the training process is already well underway. She is walking better on a leash, she is learning basic essential commands like place, and she is beginning the off-leash learning process:
When Bandit started here at AWDT, he was one of the worst runners / door dashers with one of the highest prey drives I have seen in a while.
Until now, as soon as he was able to get loose, he would bolt and not look back, leaving the owners waiting for someone to call with their found dog. Bandit truly earned his name by stealing his freedom and living life one squirrel chase at a time.
With two weeks here and a future of practice and controlled freedom, Bandit won't have to steal his squirrel chasing time anymore.
Here's what he looks like now
Learning how to "squirrel hunt" as a team:
I remember years ago, I was watching an episode of "The Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Millan. Cesar had brought his dog Daddy (by most accounts, a perfect dog) to a farm with horses where he was going to help a lady with her dog.
Daddy had been trained in Schutzhund (protection dog work) and there was a lady working a horse who kept raising her whip in the air, which triggered Daddy’s training. It caused Daddy to react in a way that was not conducive to the training Cesar was trying to do.
Every time she would raise that whip, Daddy would react and Cesar had to continually correct the outbursts. He could have easily edited this out. It made Daddy look less than perfect and chipped away at the superhero vibe that Cesar had cultivated during the early parts of his career.
We're coming to the end of our latest board & train client's time with AWDT and reflecting on how far she has come! Shandy is a sweet girl with great foundational training; however, like with so many dogs I see, she can become very reactive on-leash. As a HUGE proponent of off-leash training, we spent a lot of time e-collar training with a long lead and giving her plenty of exposure to other dogs while on-leash. After her two week stay with us, she can now walk on and off leash and can interact with other dogs stress-free!
Check out these videos of her progress!
Few things are as frustrating as when your dog seems to just.. not... LISTEN. But maybe it's you that's the problem and not your dog. Maybe you're frustrated and yelling and your dog doesn't know how to respond to that instability. Maybe you just need to whisper...
Thank you to all our clients - it's been a great start to my new business and I appreciate each and every one of you for not only getting your dogs the training they need but entrusting me to get the job done. It's been a blast getting to know them, seeing them make great breakthroughs, and nurturing them on their journeys to balanced and fulfilled lives.
So many people have watched the Dog Whisperer and seen how he can change a dog's behavior simply by going tsch! (a sound that I actually enjoy using myself when training dogs). But have you ever wondered why such a simple sound could elicit quick obedience in the worst dog cases? Here's how: