HAVE YOUR DOG BEHAVING PROPERLY IN 5 WEEKS!
Have you been frustrated living with your dog? We all love our dogs, but it can be annoying not knowing how to make our dogs understand how to behave appropriately in our home and in our neighborhood. Perhaps some of your frustrations have become severe concerns when your dog has shown aggression and protective instincts in inappropriate settings.
WHAT CAN I TEACH MY DOG TO DO… AND TO STOP DOING?
- Clearly teach your dog the rules in your house
- Walk with you on a loose leash and stop pulling
- Stop them from ever jumping on you or anyone else
- Make them stop barking whenever you want
- Ensure that they never bolt away from you
- Be able to set temporary boundaries instantly for them
- Give them a command that will make them ignore anything in which they have shown interest
- Make them come back to you whenever you call them
- Make sure they never bolt out of your car door or your front door
- And anything else that can be reasonably required of a dog
Does this sound too good to be true? Many of our clients thought so too before they went through our program.
WHAT IS 'THE DOG'S WAY TRAINING PROGRAM'?
As a trainer in Seattle over the last decade and a half, I've seen just about every dog behavior issue out there. In that time, I've also seen just about every dog training methodology too. If you've been researching training online for any amount of time, you've probably also come across many different philosophies and methods of training as well. I was originally trained in clicker training, and operant conditioning and then went on to train in various non-food treat oriented methods. Ultimately, through lots of trial and error, and through watching a lot of dogs interact with each other, I've arrived at a training philosophy that I can best describe as having a naturaistic bias.
The shortest way I describe this is, " if your dog ran up into the hills and found a real pack of dogs to live, they wouldn't train your dog into the norms of their pack by flipping him or her food treats; they would instead interact socially with your dog." This is the rationale for the name of my training program - The Dog's Way. Now, you don't have to worry too much, I won't have you growling at your dog and biting your dog on the neck! One of the first realizations you have to have in successfully training your dog is that dogs aren't people. Equally important though is the realization that people aren't dogs. So, we have to realize that we don't have the agility, power, teeth, jaws, tails and scent ability that dogs do. So, we can't "mimic" exactly what dogs do in all situations. That being said, I've found found it's most efficient to tap into a dog's natural instincts to look to a leader to figure out consistent rituals for certain situations.
WHY DOES THE PROGRAM WORK SO EFFECTIVELY?
The program works so effectively for two reasons:
First, as described above, the methodology and techniques are based on how dogs interact with each other, so it communicates with them in ways that they are biologically "wired" to understand.
Second, and most importantly, I train you. I teach you how to understand what your dog is thinking via body language, and behavior. I also teach you effective strategies to get the most out of every interaction with your dog and continually move them in the direction of having a more clear understanding of how you'd like them to behave. Many people wonder why it's so important that I train you to train your dog. Well, a good trainer, could have your dog behaving differently in a matter of hours. However, I've found that dogs are very relationship oriented. Meaning they act differently with each different person. I hear this frequently from families that say, "well, Rover listens to my husband but won't listen to me, or he's fine with the groomer but I can't clip his nails!"
Since you won't always have a trainer there to guide you in every situation, it's important, for your long-term success, to learn the "whys" behind "what" you are doing. Further, as you'll learn in the program, your dog knows if the person at the other end of the leash knows what they're doing. It is crucial in any effective dog training program that your dog develops a clear relationship with you and your family. The training program takes you through well thought out steps, that have been developed over years of training, that gradually build that proper relationship and allows your dog to learn very clearly what his or her role is in your home.
RESULTS THAT LAST
The Dog's Way Training Program is designed for long-term effectiveness. I know that you don't want your dog to be perfect for the week you get them back from the trainer only to find out that all of the unwanted behaviors are back within two months. After you go through the program you will have an in depth understanding of your dog's mind and instincts, as well as have clear knowledge about how to deal with any behavioral situation that comes up in the future. While I'm always a resource for you, I don't want you to be dependent on me. The majority of my clients have worked with various other trainers prior to going through the program with me.
My long-term approach allows you to learn the techniques and insights that professional trainers know. I aim to be the last stop for all your dog training needs. I strive to give you the tools to become confident in training, coaching and guiding your dog for their entire life. I'm frequently surprised by the consistency of the feedback I get from folks who go through the program. Once their dog is trained, clients tell me that they're shocked to realize how much "constant" low level (and sometimes high level) stress they didn't even realize they were under worrying about every little thing about their dog's behavior. Graduates of The Dog's Way Training Program have already experienced the difference between living with an untrained dog, and the enjoyment and freedom that comes with having a well trained dog.