Whoever said "an old dog can't learn new tricks" obviously never owned a senior dog. Training a dog is not only a time to create a stronger bond between you and your dog; but gives you a chance to learn from your dog and build the level of communication between you. I don't train your dog, I teach YOU how to teach your dog in a way they can understand.
Do any of these sound familiar? Many people take their dog to behavioralists and trainers, but are still unable to control their dog at home. This is where I come in, when you decide you want personalized help to get your life back.
I find it interesting how people think there is only one way to train a dog. It’s common knowledge to accept one form of training as THE way to do it, and every other way is wrong.
Clicker training is right, clicker training is wrong. Cesars way is right, Cesars way is wrong, this other way is right, this other way is wrong.
I have yet to go somewhere where one trainer isn’t bashing the way of another, or mocking those that do something different from them. Has anyone stopped to consider that perhaps there is more than one way?
Think of it this way, if you’re trying to teach a child something, is there only one way to do so? What if you try to teach the child one way, your way, but they don’t understand. Do you give up or deem the child to be stupid or unteachable? Or do you try something different? Do you try to simplify the task if the child doesn’t understand, or try to make it fun if they just don’t seem interested?
This was something that took me years to figure out, and in the end I learned it in a Photoshop class of all places. My professor was a wonderful teacher, not only was he very knowledgeable, patient, and kind… but he was also willing to learn. I remember the first day of class, he made it very clear and explained it something like this: Photoshop is a complex program, while other teachers may tell you their way is best, there are many ways to do anything and everything. If you ask me how to do something, I’ll tell you the way I do it because that’s what I know, but if you find it to be easier a different way, or just prefer a different way… I wont tell you you’re wrong, in fact I’d like to know how you do it so I know a different way.
It seems so simple doesn’t it? But keeping your mind open is hard; it means the way you’ve always done something, might not be the best way after all.