You may see the term in some of my older posts but just as I work to teach clients and their dogs I also strive to keep learning. With learning comes change.
A big change is that we don't use the word Obedience anymore. Instead we focus on teaching the skills the dog needs to be a part of your family. We teach them how to use these skills so that they become foundation behaviors that your dog chooses to offer. We help you build a relationship with your furry family member that is based on trust and respect not fear of punishment. Long term success is what we are going for.
As I continue to learn and change so do the tools and techniques change. And I will continue to share these changes with you. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Stub-born: /ˈstəbərn/ adjetive having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so.
Have you ever referred to your dog as stubborn or had another trainer say this about your dog? Is the dog actually stubborn or is the human? If we keep doing something that is not working and we know it isn't working then aren't we being the stubborn ones? Especially if we know there are other methods that may work better?
First we need to find proper motivation. Just like we may be motivated by different things, so are dogs. Using my own dogs as an example I have one that is ball or toy motivated. She will do anything, absolutely anything, for a ball or squeaky toy. I have one that is very food motivated. Especially when it comes to cheese. Then I have one that will do anything to get a drink of water from a water bottle. Last, our newest arrival, changes what motivates him. Sometimes it's food and sometimes it's attention. Motivation can change, depending upon their mood (and if they are hungry). Learning what motivates them gives us a better relationship, mutual respect and a less frustration.
What doesn't motivate? Punishment. Punishment suppresses, it does not build a relationship based on respect or trust. It also causes confusion and can lead to fall out behaviors of anxiety, fearfulness, and even aggression.