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There’s More Than One Way to Teach Your Dog to Sit

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When I visit my clients or teach a class, I carry a bag full of training tools.  The bag contains items like leashes, harnesses, squeaky toys, kongs, treats, and clickers.  More important than the literal toolkit I carry is the figurative toolkit that I carry in my head.  This kit contains tools to change behavior, teach behavior, or modify behavior, and because of the infinite possibilities of how to teach something, the toolkit is infinitely large.

This is good news for dog owners that have “tried everything”.  My clients are so relieved when they call me as a last resort to find that yes, there is hope.  A good dog trainer won’t necessarily abandon the tried and true usual methods.  A thorough interview should take place to verify that everything the family has tried was implemented properly and enough time and consistency was given to the method.  Also crucial to the success of any program is the likelihood that the family will implement it.  I advise dog owners to be really honest with their dog trainers about their schedules so the trainer does not over commit them.

So back to my toolkit… there are endless ways to teach a behavior.  For dogs that don’t respond to the usual methods, this gives a trainer an opportunity to personalize a plan for you and your dog.  For anyone that feels like there isn’t anything that will work for your dog, try something different!  In the words of Mark Twain, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.

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Written by dawnhanna

September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Dog Training

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