You’re only experience with dog training is what everyone else is doing around you.
What you observe in how traditional methods are used and relied upon, it makes you uneasy and it’s misaligned with your values.
You don’t see how pain and punishment has any role in teaching and guiding.
You want something different.
You’re skeptical, but you’re also willing to try it out.
As you move through your training program with me, you deepen your awareness of how strengthening the relationship between you and your dog leads you into exploring opportunities to have an integrated life with your dog.
You experience the freedom of having the world at your feet and at your dog’s paws.
You can make choices to travel and bring your dog with you, you can observe how the investment of time and energy you committed to in teaching your dog how to make choices allows your dog to build confidence, feel relaxed and to seek you out in times of uncertainty.
Wendy and her family followed their values and chose a dog friendly way of training.
What culminated for Cooper and his family is the first of many successful camping trips.
Alongside what Cooper achieved, she and her partner became citizen scientists in the experience.
During their recent camping trip, Wendy shared, “The dogs who were most reactive, are the ones wearing shock and martingale collars. Who were yelled at as soon as they made any noise. Surprisingly (to her not me lol), Cooper was the one who barked the least at other dogs and he was the only one not being yelled at or forced down into a lay.”
Wendy goes on to say, “I feel like he had more freedom. He chose when to stop barking. He wasn’t forced to sit or lay (which is weird that this was a tactic). So I can visibly see how force free training was better method for Cooper.”
When you allow your dog to make choices that you’ve spent time reinforcing, you too can experience a freedom from micromanaging and feeling a need to control what your dog is doing.
Instead, you and your dog feel connected and your dog trusts he or she will be and stay safe and this gives your dog the freedom to choose.
Find out how building a relationship with your dog can give you both more freedom.