The Method 

It's not getting the confusion out of the dog. It's getting the dog out of the confusion. 

People who trust a trainer with their dog want to know what method (s)he uses. Is it force-free? Domination based? Clicker training? Private sessions or group classes?...

Fair enough.

Each method has its adherent and critics. If you must know, the truth about the business of dog training is this: there is no sure-fire way, or a universal solution that works every time, as each dog is different, and circumstances vary. What works with one dog may be ineffective with another, even if their issues seem similar.

 

Training a dog often boils down to the good old trial-and-error approach.

 

We, at DogTraining4Humans believe any training is valid as long as it is based on the natural behaviour of dogs as a species, produces measurable, long lasting results, and does not cause harm or distress to either the animal or the handler.

 

For those who wish to find out about the way we work, here's the list of the ten core principles of our philosophy of training dogs. 

One
We believe every dog is the product of its environment. There is no such a thing as a "bad dog" – these animals simply follow the way they had learned to behave. The character and actions of a dog mirror the personality and habits of its owner, thus any valid training should begin with examining what the owner does right, and not what the dog does wrong.

It's not getting the confusion out of the dog. It's getting the dog out of the confusion.  

Two
We believe everyone must train his/her own dog, based on the assumption that a strong bond exists between them. That is why we predominantly focus on teaching HUMANS new skills, instead of teaching dogs new tricks. We will not train your dog. You will train your dog. 

Three
There is a big diff between behaviour and obedience. We are not here to make dogs to sit, lie down or wait. The aim of our training programs is not obedient dogs, but responsible owners who are able to create a safe and stress-free relationship with their dog that is based on mutual respect, reliability and sharing the joy of life. Where there is a need for constant commands and correction to remain in control, something is wrong with the bond between man and his dog.

Dogs are to follow humans not because they are forced to, but because they choose to.

Four
We promote bond-based, back-to-basics, no-nonsense training techniques that avoid the use of abuse, intimidation, or actions that forces the animal into an obedience built-on-fear. A dog (or any animal, for that matter) must never be hit, smacked, kicked, threatened, or screamed at, as part of its training. Positive reinforcement always rules over punishment and force. We also learned over the years that the best way to train a dog is not through correction, but by showing a good example. Dogs follow learned behaviour.

As a general rule, we steer away from the hocus-pocus gadgets of dog training, such as the clicker, the halter, “firework CDs”, shock collars, the “no-bark collar”, and anti-pulling devices.

Five
We believe that to achieve Good Canine Manners, just like a sturdy oak table, training must be built on four legs:
1. The right bond.
2. The right exercise. 
3. The right gear.
4. The right diet.

Prior to commencing any training, these four elements must be investigated. The dog that has a fine bond with its owner(s), has sufficient daily exercise, wears the right gear, and has access to the right diet will need no sophisticated obedience training.

Six
The most fundamental element of a dog's life is exercise. Regardless of the issue to be sorted, we advocate introducing regular exercise aligned with the needs of the specific breed. Training a dog that had a chance to get rid of its excess energy is a walk in the park. (Pun intended.)

 

Seven
We believe the primary purpose of dog training is not to correct a behaviour, or to handle an emergency. A dog trainer is not the
go-to thing only when a dog snaps, or bites the neighbour’s pug. Training should be introduced to PREVENT unwanted, undesirable behaviour, and it must not cease with a six-week puppy class held in a church hall. Training is a life-long enterprise that must be an integral part of a dogs’ daily routine, just like walking or grooming.

Eight
If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, your dog will get it. The secret of success in dog training is based on the five ‘P’s:

Purpose (motivation)

Practice (repetition)

Patience

Progress

and Play.  

 

The Fifth Element is indispensable. For any dog training to be effective, it must be fun. If it’s no fun, it’s no good.

Nine
The best way to train a dog is to have another dog to "show how it’s done”. A dog can teach a dog something in ten minutes that would take ten hours for a man. We also believe the best way to train dogs is when they are off the lead. Thus we prefer to conduct sessions and group classes with dogs that are free to roam and socialize, and most of our training is based on lead-free activities.

Ten
The supreme test of learning is application: it only works if it works for you. Never accept anything you are told as “the ultimate truth”, even if voiced by Mr. or Mrs. Expert. If you agree with it, try it. If it works, apply it. If not, discard it. Use whatever works - as long as it creates lasting results, and does not cause any harm or distress for either the dog or its handler.

 

To paraphrase the great comedian, Groucho Marx: These are our principles, and if you don’t like them… we have a few more you won’t like either.

 

However, if you agree with most of the above, there is a good chance we might be able to help you out with your training needs. :)