Training dogs require a lot of patience and perseverance, just like everything we do in life, just a little extra. This is because dogs do not think and rationalize like us human do.
These key points are absolutely important.
- To raise a well respected canine citizen. We want happy, involved, outgoing dogs who are valued and trusted members of the community.
- To build a genuinely strong owner-dog relationship based on trust, co-operation and well defined roles.
- To have confidence in, and control of my dogs in any situation - including around kids and other animals.
- To work with my dog's natural drives and instincts, not against them. Absolutely no cruelty or harsh "old school" dog training techniques. We certainly don't believe you have to "break a dog's spirit" in the training process. Let it be natural.
- On top of that, if possible, start as early as possible. It is very difficult to teach old dogs new tricks.
For instance, shown in the picture above, one of my puppies were taught how to push a shopping cart. Repetition is the mother of all skills. Put him up, guide him slowly, give him a treat after that, repeat. Below is the end result.