The only thing two dog trainers can agree on is that the third dog trainer is wrong!
My method of dog training is not very different from what other good trainers are doing, yet perhaps my approach is different. Having worked with thousands of dogs, I am able to pick up subtleties in a dog’s behavior faster than others. Since much of my work deals with animal shelters, and there we only have a very short amount of time to deal with dogs, my approach is very direct and no-nonsense.
That’s not to say that I am hard on dogs or overly firm, but I am direct. I will spend time luring and shaping behaviors, but the methodology has to be clear. I don’t do much in the line of “waiting for dogs to offer behaviors” if I can lure and shape those behaviors faster. I believe a dog’s life is very short and my time is very valuable – so the more direct the approach, the better it is.
- This lesson is also part of the New Members Course.