Sunday, 5 February 2012

Good dog, bad owner

Me and Uly, St. Boniface Down, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England

A favourite phrase amongst dog trainers seems to be "Good dog, bad owner". Another is "Don't ask your dog, tell it!". Yes, in all things doggy, the major problem, the spanner in the works, is most often not the dog, but the owner. Dogs, it seems, get easily confused – you can't rationalise with a dog, and you can't explain to your dog in human terms why you want it to do this or that.
The dog training method I've come across which most suits me and Uly involves going back a step or two when things don't work out. If you're trying to get your dog to sit and stay, for example, and Uly gets up and wanders when I move away, well, I just go back a step or two. Don't go so far away, or just get him to sit and stay by him. More than anything it seems to be setting your dog up to succeed.

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