This is all new to me, so I hope you’ll bear with my first few posts. I spend most of my days doing something I love. The kids are in school, husband at work, I am at home working with my dogs – or someone else’s dog. People consider me a dog trainer, but the reality is that I let the dogs do the work. They lead me in the teaching process. I work by trying to get into a dog’s brain…what do they think? what are their motivations? why do they do the things they do? By answering these questions, there isn’t a dog out there that needs to be “trained” with force, intimidation, pain or fear.
Rather than trying to “train” a dog, one should be thinking about how to motivate Fido and to help the pup understand what it is we want it to do and why it is important. If we can accomplish that (not so) simple goal, we build a relationship. We build trust, we eliminate anxiety, fear, insecurity. We can live the way a dog does – without complications, without the need for “things”, wandering happily with a companion who can give unconditional love under any circumstance. Strive to live a “dogosophical” life…a life of composure and calm in the presence of troubles, annoyances (and dog behavior problems). I hope you enjoy reading from three dog’s points of view.