Tis better to be a master in a few particular areas than a jack of all trades. I think one goal of not relying on verbal corrections and NRMs is to prevented development of an inhibited dog who is afraid to behave in ways the owner has not specifically told them is correct — that is a stressful life! Tricia, your Maggy sounds like a great dog in this area, a bit uncomfortable, but when you asked her to move out of that comfort zone, she did and fixed the problem herself.
Travis Brorsen hears it all the time, why do I need a trainer when I can teach my dog myself?” He tells that a dog trainer isn't just for the rich and famous, that everyone who owns a dog should work with a trainer, especially right in the beginning months of their life. Travis, 36, who grew up on a farm in Perry, Oklahoma and has worked with all sorts of animals won CBS' dog training competition show, Greatest American Dog in 2008 with his beloved boxer, Presley!
I hated it and was never very good at the training methods we were taught, but these methods were considered the only way to show a dog who is boss and get obedient behavior back then. They lived into their teens, and then we got our first adult shelter dog, an already well-trained dog with beautiful manners whom we loved dearly until she died too early from malignant melanoma.
Sheepdog clinicians have different strengths: some are dancers (dance as I do), some are looking for the great dog they could win with (win with me); Though I don't think he'd agree with search engine of words, Patrick is a theoretician (see the dog with me). Herding is an amazing sport and to watch a dog do what it was truly bred to do is an awe inspiring sight.
Some of this training may deal with behavioral problems like excessive barking, chewing, or housebreaking. This is a very basic type of training that is appropriate for younger dogs that are just getting started. Obedience training is focused on making dogs obedient to their owners through the use of commands like sit, stay, lie down, etc. Agility training is for dogs that will participate in dog sports, like obstacle courses, racing, or jumping.
If one of her border collies, for example, is doing weaves wrong (usually in early stages of training), she will drop the level of difficulty/review but she will also stop the dog with a gentle verbal correction, especially since border collies can get a lot of reinforcement for a bad behavior if it involves running around in a vaguely circular fashion, haha!
Choices foster confidence in these situations because your dog knows that if something is worrisome or causing stress, you will allow him to react to it. This will help relieve reactivity and aggression. For example, a dog who reacts (lunging and barking) to other dogs will do so less if he learns he can choose to get away from them, and his owner will respect his choice to not greet other dogs. Conversely, if you have been forcing your dog to meet, even when his body language is clearly says I don't want to,” your dog will get more and more reactive, to dogs further and further away, anticipating that forced meeting.
He's fine now, or, appropriately careful I should say, but it was because he was a young dog who wasn't fully confident yet. I had a dog who hated the pressure of guide-work and though he never put me in danger, I could tell then, and can see now, that the stress was making him miserable. For myself, I'm sure I break training rules all the time not because I chose to but simply because I'm enough of a novice to not have mastered the rules. I suppose too, that the kind of relationship you want with your dog and the kind of life you want them to have makes a big difference in how you train.
From the moment I told her Pow's breed, she told me that Portuguese water dogs are very manipulative, which explains my dog to a T. Anastasia came in and did a home visit first where she got to learn about Pow's behavior and I learned more in that 1 session that I could have imagined. My relationship with Pow improved instantly once Anastasia taught me how to communicate with my dog.