Manners training involves conditioning your dog to perform a polite behavior they think of on their own. I call these “default” behaviors, which means it is something they do automatically. It is not a behavior preceded by a command or cue, although it is important to teach your dog to recognize cues. While it may take some dogs longer to learn a default behavior, they will retain this information better because they thought of it themselves instead of just being told to do something. They really don’t have to think creatively or problem solve if they are always being commanded, they just learn to be compliant (sometimes). Solid default behaviors provide dogs with an effective and polite way to ask for something they want or need, and socially-acceptable ways to behave if they are unsure of what to do in a situation. Teaching your dog a default behavior produces a dog who is polite and more manageable in day-to-day situations. This is just as important as a dog knowing to come when called AND has the bonus of building confidence in your dog because they are continually being reinforced for their good choices!
Obedience is defined as: the state or quality of being obedient. In the world of dog training, obedience training consists of teaching a dog to obey commands using force, pressure, and physical punishment along with aversive equipment like choke chains, prong collars or e-collars.Proponents of dog obedience training adopt the viewpoint that a dog must be dominated and controlled in order to elicit good behavior; however, considering the advancements being made in dog training, this has proven to be a very limited and outdated approach to training dogs that often causes more harm than good.
In my approach, I encourage you to view your dog as a family member, not an automaton that does your bidding as the term "obedience" implies.
All behaviors that you ask of your dog are considered prompts, or "cues" (rather than commands), and every cue fulfills a specific purpose in your life with your dog (such as coming when called or going to a spot when the doorbell rings). Using my proven system; science-and-game-based dog training methodology, a dog learns to look forward to hearing a cue because it means something fun or good is about to happen (rather than the opposite). This is why using this approach makes it more likely that your dog or puppy will listen and respond favorably to your requests.
HOW DO YOU WANT TO TREAT YOUR BEST FRIEND?
What system you choose to train your dog boils down to is what kind of relationship you want to develop with your dog. So the question you have to ask yourself is:
Do you want to employ a "do it, or else!" methodology that often leads to lackluster results and a dog that is distrusting or even afraid of their human guardian? Or would you like to have fun with your dog, and instill trust in them that you will treat them fairly, while training them to be a good companion?
Since a dog is meant to be your best friend—the kind of friend who should be treated with fairness, respect, and love —I believe there is only one choice to make when choosing how to train a dog and that will always be a positive training method. I am committed to promoting a healthy relationship between you and your dog. I look forward to sharing the transformation benefits of my positive, game-based, dog and puppy training system with you and becoming your trusted dog trainer in Los Angeles!
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