Two dog trainers talking shop!
We invite Sean McDaniel from The Dog’s Way podcast to join us for a conversation about common mistakes made by dog lovers of all types.
In this episode, we reveal how two different trainers can achieve similar results.
- Special Guest Sean McDaniel from The Dog’s Way Podcast
- Bennie’s favorite passage of Sean’s: “We don’t do traditional group classes that you may have seen at local community center – we use relationship based method – we must train you to train your dog. How to communicate clearly and to think one step ahead of them.”
- Bennie and Sean have similar Philosophies!
- Bennies mistakes / viewpoints when doing consultations
- Dog greets him at the door by jumping, darting out the door, etc.
- Owners physically touch their dog to stop this behavior
- Attention given in that moment – always be mindful of how owners are giving it to their dogs when trying to train
- Sean’s initial assessment looks at the relationships and core skills, and then rituals during consultations
- Relationship method – dogs are relational and social creatures
- A dog is different with each person, just like humans are
- Dogs can be family but not equals (There is a hierarchy)
- There is no “equal” with dogs—they are either above you or below you.
- If they can envision to be above you then they will continue to test those boundaries.
- Train the way you feel comfortable
- Train the way that entices your dog
- No need to get caught up in what’s right or wrong – do what works
- Always keep in mind what you are communicating in the moment
- Having a relationship with your dog is work
- You must work to cultivate a relationship with friends – same with your dog
- In the beginning of your relationship with your dog everything you do communicates to your dog
- The Freedom to Responsibility Ratio: The more responsible your dog becomes, the more freedom they have (less structure, less they are on the leash, etc.)
- Rituals and routines will always help communicating to your dog
- Dogs learn from you like children do
- Maslow’s competency quadrant:
- Consciously and unconsciously
- The goal is to be consciously competent with all things that you do with your dog
- To achieve this goal takes time and will be frustrating with worth it!
- Kickstarter campaign
- Should be launching shortly
- Check out the Kickstarter campaign
- See if you are inadvertently supporting bad behavior. Practice on what we can do to be very aware on how we are responding and reacting to our dogs.
Call to Action
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