Dog training is really about behavior training. It is not just about your dog sitting and staying perfectly, it is also about your dog behaving appropriately in all different environments and scenarios. Training your dog to perform commands is important so they know what to do in certain circumstances. More importantly, training really starts with creating a loving relationship based on respect and trust.
A dog’s trust is earned through positive reinforcement and leadership. Your dog understands what is expected of him or her because you have guided them to perform good behaviors. These good behaviors are rewarded with something the dog wants like food or praise. Typically, the behaviors are repeated because of the positive reinforcement the dog receives from us. If a behavior is not positively reinforced then eventually it goes away. This is the philosophy I follow and is the foundation of science-based, positive reinforcement training.
My goal is to guide owners on how to properly socialize their dog to prevent behavior problems, to establish leadership through positive reinforcement and trust, and to change unwanted behaviors by teaching the dog to do something else that it will be rewarded for. This is how you create a willing, well-behaved dog and a lasting, loving relationship with your family pet.