By Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, Del Mar Dog Training
Congratulations on making the commitment to enhance your relationship with your canine companion and best friend through training! In order to communicate effectively with your dog, it is important to build a foundation of benevolent leadership, good management and dog-friendly training. Dogs are an unparalleled gift to humankind and to each one of us personally. It’s our job to love them, to care for them, and to teach them.
All living things thrive on positive feedback – people, dolphins and very importantly, your dog! Positive training for companion animals is fast becoming the preferred method of dog training. One of the non-aversive dog training/s most prominent advocates, The Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2006) in their article, “Good Trainers: How to Identify One”, recommends dog-friendly dog training because it is effective, humane and leads to the lasting behavior you’ve been working so hard to achieve with your dog. To get started, reward the behaviors you would like to see repeated, and ignore, prevent or manage the behaviors you’d rather not have repeated. In addition to short training sessions, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and actively identify and reward the behaviors you like that she already does on her own, such as Sit or Down. Behavior can be “captured” in this way.
Positive does not mean permissive, however so remember to set some household rules, draw boundaries, establish routines and make it all doable for your dog by being consistent.
Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” M.A./Psychology a Top Ten Rated U.S. Dog Trainer — Del Mar Dog Training, may be reached at 858.259.WOOF (9663) or by email: LindaMichaelsPositively@gmail.com for private obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at DogPsychologistOnCall.com All rights reserved.