Full Disclosure

Full disclosure - Why it's important to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to your trainer! AKA, how do I get the best outcome for my dog? When you come to a dog trainer for help, you should know that's exactly what you get. All good dog trainers are invested in your success as much as you are. They want to help you get the very best possible outcome for you and your dog. They don't judge you. They don't want to shame you. They don't think you're stupid. They need to know what you've been dealing with and how you've been dealing with it. They need to know E...
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Anxiety

Some dogs are born anxious. It's part of their genetic make up. Some dogs have become anxious as a result of their experiences (or lack of experiences). Whatever the trigger is for their anxiety, whether it's the presence of other dogs, or people, or cars, or cows or some other object, animal or situation...it doesn't have to stay that way. You can ALWAYS make a difference, sometimes a big difference. What we should NOT do is make excuses for it. Accept it, make a plan and move through it. We do this by providing the dog with clear, calm leadership and information about what we do and ...
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Genetics

Genetics: You can't fight nature. Sometimes it's best to go with the flow instead of tackling things head on. The reality is that:  Not every dog can be super social with other dogs  Not every dog likes kids  Not every dog likes guests visiting their home They all have personalities and preferences and whilst we can train to improve what we have; we simply cannot change genetics. The nature of the dog is the nature of the dog and our role as responsible dog owners is to understand what we've got and to respect our dogs. Respect is a two way street. We expect our dogs to respect...
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