Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back to Basics ... Dog Trainer in Burlington Ontario

Back to Basics - what does it mean?

Well, typically, when someone says back to basics, there is a flaw in whatever process they were using, and they need to take themselves back to step one and start over in order to fix the issue causing the flaw.

When we encounter issues with our dogs, usually a back to basics approach will give us the leverage to deal with those issues. Often times, issues can be resolved by taking your dog back to step one, meaning re-approach the training process as if the dog were a new pup all over again.

It is usually obvious that control from the owner, and self control on the part of the dog is lacking when we see common behavioural issues such a jumping, mouthing, excessive barking, etc. Teaching your dog self control through obedience is a very important process that all owners should take seriously. Proper obedience training allows owners to gain back control, gives dogs an opportunity to offer a correct behaviour rather than a destructive one, and enforces self control in the dog.

Going back to basics with your dog to resolve issues requires owners and trainers to seriously reconsider the previous approach to training and decipher what when wrong. Sometimes it was moving on with a command too quickly before the dog actually understood what was being asked, sometimes it involved a lack of proofing around real life distractions, other times it was the method itself that was lacking. Taking an honest and serious approach to retraining is needed in order to garner better results the 2nd time around.

So, if you are experiencing issues with your dog, rethink the original training process and be honest with yourself about what went wrong. There is no shame in going back to the drawing board and both you and your dog will be better off for it.

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