- Wag Your Dog
Wag Your Dog.
"My dog is stubborn".
"My dog only listens when they want to."
"My dog can only sit if you've got a treat in your hand."
"My dog drags me down the street."
"My dog jumps on my guests."
"I love my dog but I feel like I spend most of our time together scolding."
Sound familiar? It's okay. We hear it every day. You're not alone. We are here to turn your relationship with your dog around.
It's time to wag your dog.
...A dog you can actually walk on a leash?
...A dog who is polite with people and other dogs?
...A dog who does the right thing automatically, without needing to be nagged?
...A dog who responds immediately when you ask them to do something?
...A dog who impresses your friends and family with their incredible ability to understand and communicate with you?
...A dog who is truly your best friend?
1. How to to talk so your dog will listen.
By improving your communication with your dog, you will find it easier to teach your dog what you would like them to do. When your dog seems to understand every word you say, life becomes much easier! Our techniques use the latest advances in canine cognition and social learning to help communicate with your dog clearly.
2. How to help your dog work through challenges.
Many behavior problems melt away when you have turned your relationship with your dog around, and any remaining ones can be tackled together. Our approach is compassionate and dog-centered. Our highest goal is to improve your dog's quality of life.
3. How to have the best possible connection with your dog.
This is a combination of dog handling lessons and relationship therapy - focusing on helping you understand each other, coaching you on how to bring joy to your dog's interactions with you and ensure that working with you is their favourite thing in the world. Even experienced dog handlers will learn new techniques with our advanced methods, which combine service dog training skills with the latest discoveries in canine psychology.
We have to show your dog that you are in their corner, and you are on their team. You aren't an adversary. You aren't someone to resist, someone whose rules must be circumvented. Positive reinforcement isn't enough. True teamwork takes communication.
We have to ensure that your dog has a secure attachment to you, and sees you as their secure base.
We have to ensure that you can understand what your dog is saying to you, so your dog will feel listened to.
When you listen to your dog, your dog will listen to you. When you are a better teacher, your dog will become a better learner.
Then... the sky's the limit.
There is never a down side to prioritizing your relationship with your dog. Whatever your struggles, whatever your problems, an adversarial relationship with your dog will only amplify your dog's personality quirks.
When you learn to focus on your relationship, when you ensure that your dog trusts you, is securely attached to you, and loves to work with you, things fall into place.
That doesn't mean that your dog will suddenly become comfortable being alone for long periods of time, or that they will stop being terrified of the car.
Those things take time and effort to address. But it won't be an uphill battle anymore. You'll have the mental tools you need to address the problem, and you'll have professional trainers to help keep you on track.
It'll be the two of you working together to achieve a worthy goal.