“After you work out, you have your dog with you. There’s no better companion. You’ve got to have a friend. I didn’t like opponents who had dogs with them, because you know they had a little edge. They have a friend.”
- George Foreman
As you can tell, we’re all about doing things differently, and whilst a lot of training techniques will be familiar, your approach should follow what we’ve gone through so far: your dog is unique, and you use their personality, temperament and intelligence to adjust your training techniques accordingly.
It’s obvious to say it, but your dog is not a computer or a video recorder. No matter how much we say it, some training techniques just seem to involve punching the information in, and if it doesn’t stick, keep pummelling away.
If you decide you want to take your dog to a training class, always made sure that you find a reputable trainer who uses positive methods. Ideally, you want one who has real, practical experience with the breed of your dog. There’s no point taking a Chihuahua to a German Shepherd training class!
“He was a Police Dog trainer so he must be good!” Well, do you want your dog to be a Police Dog? Do you see many Chihuahua Police dogs? Perhaps they would be useful for the Pixie Police, but let’s be honest, what’s right for a Chihuahua isn’t right for a German Shepherd. Always think about the breed of dog that you have, and whether the training class is actually appropriate for your dog.
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