Most people give more consideration to howe they prepare their vegetables than
you are recommending giving toward raising and training dogs.
There are right ways and wrong ways of doing everything. If you don't wash your
mushrooms thoroughly, it isn't going to kill you. But if you eat the wrong ones,
Sionarrah, you're history... Same with dog training.
> Hi Steve, congratulations on your new dog, and give yourself a pat on the
> back for saving a life by adopting a shelter dog. Sam is very lucky to have
> found such a caring family.
Why would a caring family want to subject their children to observing their dog
being jerked around and choked?
> Sounds like you're doing everything right so far. In your message, you ask
> what else you could do. My own suggestion would be to enrol in a basic
> obedience class as soon as possible. Not only will this be great fun, but
> the "hands on" training experience is essential for new dog owners.
Group dog training classes can be fun, and sometimes you will find some good
ones. On the whole, excellent group classes are a rarity. Dogs and handlers
cannot learn going around in circles and working under the command of a trainer
saying everybody heel, everybody sit, etc., because everybody does not work at
the same speed. When you need to address a mistake, timing is crucial, and you
cannot learn to properly handle teaching the dog, if you've got to keep pace
with the rest of the class. I train group classes, but I don't work everyone as
a group. Everyone works on their own, at their own speed.
Learning howe to properly handle and train a dog takes a kinesthetic sense for
reacting to situations as they are presented. This is not something you will
develop through watching other people that are performing at various levels of
proficiency. I seldom demonstrate for my students, because it will only
frustrate them, when they are not able to do the same without the practice it
requires. You are used to another approach, where all you need to learn is howe
to snap the leash to force the dog to work. That ain't training.
> around for a trainer who uses methods you feel comfortable with - you'll
> find everything from ***chains to reward-based approaches - and make sure
> the whole family can be involved.
It is beyond comprehension that someone would say just pick a method that suites
you. Just try anything till you find out what works for you. That is the poorest
advice that I've ever heard.
> The classes really will pay dividends for you.
Probably not. The hidden costs of obedience lessons are that you will not likely
competent trainer, and the misinformation and improper methods for handling your
dog will last longer than the "training" that you and he does learn.
> They'll help the dog bond
> with your family and accept you as the new "masters", and they'll help
> establish a structure and some groundrules so that he functions well within
> your household.
That's the way it is supposed to be, but usually that is not the case. Read the
Oscar goes back to school post. That is more typical of the results you'll get
at group classes. More classes, and more classes, and years of behavior problems
that are being shuffled around, rather than learning proper handling and
training techniques that will end the need for more classes.
> It's hard to get the same results using books, especially
> for less experienced owners, and not least, the trainer will set you on the
> right track and correct any early handling mistakes before they become
That has not been my observation. Usually you'll find a heavy handed control
freak that insists on confronting and punishing behaviors until the dog is a
mess. The mishandling techniques that will be learned will take tremendous
effort to unlearn.
> Best of luck with Sam, and above all, enjoy him!
Luck is abundant but risky. I'd recommend you rely on the information in the
Wits' End Dog Training Method manual and save yourself a bunch of trouble and a
pocketful of money, and do the work yourself. The Wits' End Dog Training Method
manual is available for free at http://www.moonsgarden.com/
;-) DRAINING THE SWAMP, AND RELOCATING THE GATORS... J>>>
"CUSTOM WILL RECONCILE PEOPLE TO ANY ATROCITY." G.B. Shaw.
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the
greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious
truth if it would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which
they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, proudly taught to others,
and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their
Is it any wonder that the following sig file has generated more
complaints to my personal email than any other controversial post I have
made to date, bar none?:
If you have to do things to your dog to train him, that you would
rather not have to do, then you shouldn't be doing them. If you
have a dog trainer that tells you to jerk your dog around, ***him,
pinch his ears, or twist his toes, shock, shake, slap, scold, hit, or
punish him in any manner, that corrections are appropriate, that the
dog won't think of you as the punisher, or that corrections are not
harmful, or if they can't train your dog to do what you want, look for a
trainer that knows Howe.
Wits' End Dog Training
Nature, to be mastered, must be obeyed.
There are terrible people who, instead of solving a problem,
bungle it and make it more difficult for all who come after. Who
ever can't hit the nail on the head should, please, not hit at all.
The abilities to think, rationalize and solve problems are learned
The Wits' End Dog Training Method challenges the learning
centers in the dogs brain. These centers, once challenged, develop
and continue to grow exponentially, to make him smarter.
The Wits' End Dog Training method capitalizes on praising split
seconds of canine thought, strategy, and timing, not mindless hours of
forced repetition, constant corrections, and scolding.