The world is filled with people with good intentions who want to give you advise on what you are doing wrong. And most of these well-intentioned people also have perfectly behaved dogs that more often than not were born perfectly behaved. In their eyes dog training is a simple black and white world, and they look on the rest of us with bemusement, in awe of how clueless we all are!
We are blessed to live in Victoria, which is such a dog-friendly community. We have numerous dog-parks where we are able to enjoy our dog’s off-leash. However, I’m starting to see a myth about Dog Parks and I need to debunk it!
Dogs are known as Man’s best Friend. And truly they are. However, many of the dogs that I work with now a days would rather go play with other dogs than be with their owners. They ditch their owners in a heart -beat to interact with a complete canine-stranger. Their owners are not their best friend’s. Complete dog-strangers at the dog park are.
My job as a trainer is ultimate fixing relationships between dogs and their people. It doesn’t matter how bad the dog is – if the relationship is great, retraining is easy. If the relationship is not, retraining will slowly improve until the relationship is harmonious, then training will leap ahead.
Relationships between a human and a dog can be broken down into three key pieces: beliefs, leadership and intent.