One thing certain about dog trainers is that, if you gathered three together in a room, you would end up with at least four different methods of training a dog!
With hundreds of breeds of dogs and variations that can occur even within each litter, there is no one method that will work with every dog & owner.
However the principles are the same for all my training.
I believe that the dog’s core emotions drive its behaviour
Training should be reward based
A fully charged ‘good boy/girl’ is essential.
Currently what I find most satisfying is ‘companion dog’ training whether working on a budding friendship ,or understanding and repairing a fractured relationship.
“Learning happens whether or not we intend for it to. A dog’s cognition is shaped by human actions, expectations and environment, not just their evolutionary history or breed.” (Monique Udell)
Be warned though, dog training can become addictive, once you start to progress you may be surprised at just how much enjoyment you, and your companion, can have.
To prepare our dogs to be able to live in our world.
We should ponder on what this means and implies;
Interact with humans
Interact with dogs (and other animals)
Develop learning skills
Cope with success & failure
Dr Roger Abrantes