This weekend(5th march) is the first big show my dogs and I will be taking part in since we left South Africa in April last year.
We will be doing agility and hopefully don’t make a fool of myself. When training dogs. If there is ever a mistake it is the trainer/owner and never the dog. Either you were not clear in giving the command or you didn’t do enough training.
Dogs do only as much as you teach them. Being a trainer and competitor as well as a behaviorist I get many questions about why people’s dogs are so badly behaved. My first question is “what do you do with your dog?” 90% of the time the response is the same “nothing, there is no reason for the bad behavior” this is when I upset most people, “well you see that is the cause of the problem, you got a dog, you taught it nothing, now it acts like it knows how, and you don’t like it.” So how do we fix this problem, well work with the dog, walk with the dog, give the dog attention, “but this takes time and we don’t have time” well next time don’t get a dog.
I work my dogs 2hrs per week on agility, I walk my dogs 4-10km per day, I never leave my dogs side. It my be obsessive but when I ask something they do it. Why do they do it? Well me being there every second of the day means when there is a danger I keep them safe, when one gets hurt I relieve the pain as fast as possible, when they are thirsty I give them water. All this builds a trust, they now work with me to keep me happy, they know that I work with them to keep them happy. You don’t do this give and take relationship you don’t get that relationship. Giving food and water is not a treat or reason for them to respect you, it’s a necessity for their survival.