You may follow my posts on Facebook or see my before and after videos showing you how on day five I am able to successfully walk a leash reactive or leash aggressive dog past another dog with no issues and you’ve been struggling for years.
Trust me, it’s not magic. It’s practice. It’s a learned skill. It’s a natural ability. It’s leadership. It’s believability. It’s accountability. It’s energy. It’s assertiveness. It’s confidence. It’s reading the dog. It’s corrections with the right timing. It’s relationship building. It’s trust.
After my rehabilitation of the dog, the owner then has to be successful with those same ingredients. That’s where it’s my job to train the owners. I give you the new house rules for the dog. I teach you tone, leadership, posture, commands and tools. But if you’re naturally a soft energy, you will have to work extra hard for a stronger energy. If you’re nervous to walk your dog because of past experiences, you will have to overcome that nervousness. You will need to learn how to read your dog. You may have to fight urges to give too much affection to your dog. You will need to practice, practice, practice to create new, positive experiences. YOU may have to make as many changes as your dog!
Don’t get me wrong, not all cases have so many layers. You may be doing most of the things I referenced. You may have a lot of house rules for your dog but are still experiencing some behaviors that you know could be better. Sometimes it is a little tweak; a little adjustment to what you’re already doing to address those behaviors. But often, it’s much more than that.
There is no magic in dog training but when you are ready to make personal changes, keep up with your dogs new obedience and be patient while building a new dynamic with your dog so that you and your dog finally believe in each other, that is MAGICAL!