Words Matter

No matter how simple the word.

Words give meaning and are a reflection of our feelings and expectations.

This is especially important when we are helping another living being understand what we are trying to communicate.

Outdated training centered on discipline, demands and no room for error, the teacher uses commands.

Commands are dictatorial, one way and focused on doing the right thing always. If the dog makes the wrong choice, the dog is bad and there is no room for the pet parent’s role for teaching.

“Do x or else, you’ll be punished.”

Most often, dogs who experience this type of training are always motivated by avoiding punishment.

Avoiding a tug on the collar, avoiding a shock or pinch of a collar when the exact behavior is not performed.

Now, in reward based and Force Free training, the word of choice is cue.

Cue signals an ask and allows for your dogs to make choices.

If you dog is confused about what is being asked, now you as the pet parent must find a better way of communicating and objectively move at the dog’s pace.

Your dog is the learner in all circumstances and everyone involved in the dog’s life and experiences are his teachers.

Cues allow for a two way street of communicating and opens the door for your dog in becoming more reliable in the behaviors you’re wanting.

Not sure how to do this?

I can guide you in achieving a more relaxed and harmonious relationship with your dog.

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Cue or Command: Why Does Dog Training Terminology Matter?

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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