Aug 262013
 
Dog training approach

We have loads of visitors here, but less members. Visitors are merely 'surfing' the net, looking here and there. LOOKING, yes.

While upon registering as a member an ex visitor documents real interest. Interest in THINKING about his or her dog. Thinking what's best for the dog.

With this post we'd like to SURVEY what the thousands of visitors (surfers, lookers) do with their dog in terms of dog training (our members can use our Periodicals to exchange ideas, but as visitor you can't, hence this post).

  • Do you have a certain 'approach' that underpins all your training?
  • Either way, how did you arrive at the dog training you now perform?
  • Do you feel it works well?
  • If you could, what single most important point would you want to teach your dog right now?
  • What have you tried that didn't help?
  • If you don't have a German Shepherd, what dog do you currently have?

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    1. My approach is respect. I respect my dog, in that she is a living, breathing entity that has feelings that can be hurt (yes!!), and who looks to me for direction. I want to make sure that she knows that I know what I am doing, and she can trust me. There can be no trust without respect!
    2. I have had dogs all my life, as far back as I can remember. As a child, I read a lot and applied what I thought was useful. At first I just taught my dogs tricks and let my dad do the real training, but as I got older I trained my dogs my own way. Always praise, never punish. I used treats, yes, but I used attention and games and praise more. I always believed in the theory that if my dog wasn't doing what I expected of her, it was my fault. Don't blame the dog!
    3 .Affection and leadership works always!
    4. First and foremost....I have all the answers for her and she does not have to worry about what needs to be done. She can trust me to do what is right.
    5. I learned early on that pulling and tugging did not make my dog want to walk with me. Yanking your dog all over the place and yelling heel, heel does not work.
    6. I have always had multiple dogs. German Shephers, Border Collies,and Goldens. Two or three at a time. My dogs did not fight. The new ones were always introduced to the older ones properly, and all were taught that they were to respect each other and fighting would not be allowed by their leader (me).
    7. I am a dog person, a cat person, a horse person.....an animal person. I believe that animals are just as important to this earth as humans and we as humans and (supposedly) the most intelligent, should respect all life!

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      Maureen - clearly the dog expert! :-)

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        Ha! If only! My German Shepherd tests me every day. Training never stops, ever! But I learn as I go, and there is plenty I do not know! Hence, I turn to you! Most of it is common sense anyway, which, it seems, a lot of humans do not have. Some people should not own any kind of pet, for any reason. But most people who have trouble with their dogs just don't understand them, or can't be bothered to listen to anyone. I haven't made that mistake. I listen, read, and try things. If they work, great! If not, my dog and I had fun trying.

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    Maureen says it all! Trouble with humanity we have too many brains and not enough sense.

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