Canine coaching needn’t be over complicated and we can all be dog trainers if we try. Here’s why teaching your dog something new doesn’t require genius.
Dog training rules tend to be overused, they cause tension in many cases. It’s fine to disregard the rules, it’s even better to make up your own.
Food is motivating and motivation can be used to change a dog’s behaviour. In fact, motivation should really be the only thing that we use, to work on changing a dog’s behaviour, because force makes things harder and even potentially unpleasant for everyone involved.
The neck and throat are sensitive areas, the windpipe is placed under pressure when a dog pulls on the collar, the natural reaction to feeling vulnerable in this way is to try and escape, hence more pulling.
When dogs are trained in the way that stems from this approach they are usually completely confused, scared and often go into an emotional shutdown. Which some trainers triumphantly claim as “submission” as a result of their skilled approach.