The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s all behavior and all behavior can be changed.
When I am asked what I do for a living, my answer is that I am in the “happiness business”. And I am!
If you are living with a difficult dog, it affects how you live your life. And it’s stressful. The purpose of my business it to get humans and dogs on the same page so you can enjoy life together.
The foundation of my training method is to teach you the basic mechanics and skills of clicker training. We then apply those skills by teaching your dog a set of simple but useful behaviors. In doing so, we are establishing a clear line of communication between you and your dog. Your dog is “learning to learn”.
When a dog suddenly discovers that he/she can communicate with you it is like “fire works on the 4th of July”. It is a beautiful moment. One worth working toward.
Go for a walk!
Susan Sternberg’s list of the Ten Elements that make up a great dog/human relationship includes allowing your dog to sniff and run and experience the natural world. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your dog.
Noodling in the Parking Lot!
I train Quicken in all sorts of places. This just happens to be behind a car wash. Noodling for me is just having a ton of fun with Quicken while practicing heeling.
Notice that I have no food anywhere. He is working for the tug toy that is in my back pocket.