My Teaching Approach.
Building a great relationship with a dog has to begin with clear communication, so the dog can be successful.
What is communication? Communication only occurs if the message being sent and the message being received mean the same thing to both individuals. In order to achieve this, a common language has to be used.
The foundation of my training method is to teach you the basic mechanics and skills of clicker training. This becomes your language. We then apply that language 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”.
Regardless of age, breed or behavioral problem, this is where I always begin.
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.
CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, IAABC-CDBC, and FEAR -FREE.
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.