So, how does this pertain to dogs? And dog training? When I train my dog I love my dog. Teaching them to live happily in my human world is an act of love. So many people love their dog but fail to give them the skills they need to function in our world. They think that training will ‘break’ their spirit. If you do it right you won’t break their spirit. You will, in fact, make them happier. They will know what you want and how to behave which gives them more freedom. Everyone welcomes a well behaved dog. It’s the impulsive dog who jumps on people, steals food, and destroys possessions that no one wants around.
So, how do you train a dog based from a place of love? You are patient, clear, and show them what you DO want them to do. You teach them to think on their own instead of micro-managing their every choice. You work in small steps and build on success instead of expecting them to get it right the first time or read your mind about what to do. When you do this you will not only have a well behaved dog but also a dog who loves you in return.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
We have a lot of power over our dogs. Let’s make sure that it is based on love and not fear.
Your dog is speaking, are you listening?