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What do I mean by clients need to consider changes? Let's look at some examples...I am frequently told by owners that they have had many dogs over the years that were good dogs but their current dog is untrainable. Or what about the client who says shockingly, "NO, I don't crate my dog, he's has been house trained for months! He is out of prison now." Or the most recent one I heard, "oh my dog is aggressive on the walk because he hates that dog around the corner!" In all of these cases, the owner has made a presumption based on their own bias that goes something like this..."compared to my other dogs, this one is untrainable", OR, "crate is a prison and no place for a potty trained dog", OR, "I can't stand the dog around the corner so my dog must not like him either". Owners project their own bias on their dogs. An openminded owner would instead give the dog the opportunity to enjoy having a safe, quiet, comfortable crate to nest in, OR, work with a professional trainer who has worked with a variety of dog personalities (dogs are individuals just like us), OR, give the dog a reason to trust the owner will have the situation under control when they walk around the corner and a neighbor dog blows up at the fence.
Go ahead...go out on the ledge and test the waters. Open your mind to consider new methods to train your dog or new tools to use with training. Experiment with how your dog reflects what you do or what you are feeling. Pay close attention. You will most likely find that your dog is mirroring you, your feelings and your energy. Be open minded and learn about what might be in the dog's best interest, then change your thoughts and assumptions to make it happen. As bizarre as it sounds there are contentions of people who will put a dog down for bad behavior before ever even considering using a prong collar on the dog. REALLY??!! How short sighted and prejudiced is that?!
Be an advocate for your dog, do what it takes to help them to be the best canine friend they can be. Don't expect your dog to make all the right decisions without properly teaching him what they are, he was not born knowing your expectations. Now, identify your biases or behaviors that are holding your dog back and put a plan in place to stop imposing them on your dog. Keep on training and go have fun with your dog!