Obedience Dog Training Is Not Problem Solving

Obedience Dog Training “is not” problem solving

Teaching your dog sit, stay , down, and heel does not directly address nor correct the behavior issue’s you are having with your dog. And it can possible give you the impression of the behavior getting worse, because your doing all this training with him with little or no results. Teaching your dog to sit, doesn’t stop him from chewing up your furniture. How does teaching your dog down stop him from stealing food off your counters, it doesn’t.

Unfortunately if you have to hire a dog trainer to solve behavior problems with your dog. Your probably going to wind up with an obedience trainer, which means they train dogs for the obedience ring. That’s a whole different ballgame.

Let me tell you how I know obedience training is not the answer your looking for. Although it may work for you in certain circumstances, do not be surprised if it doesn’t work for you at all. Over the years I have modified the behaviors of thousands of dogs were I was their last hope for survival. Not surprisingly roughly 50 to 60 % of these dogs came to me already having been taught all the basic obedience commands. Yet the behavior that wound up getting them booted out of their home, still persisted. This is how I know that obedience training doesn’t help to much with problem solving.

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3 Responses

  1. Hello Larry,

    Thanks for commenting ,but here’s the thing in regards to teaching a dog obedience in an attempt to modify behaviors.

    This is the last paragraph from the above post.

    “Let me tell you how I know obedience training is not the answer your looking for. Although it may work for you in certain circumstances, do not be surprised if it doesn’t work for you at all. Over the years I have modified the behaviors of thousands of dogs were I was their last hope for survival. Not surprisingly roughly 50 to 60 % of these dogs came to me already having been taught all the basic obedience commands. Yet the behavior that wound up getting them booted out of their home, still persisted. This is how I know that obedience training doesn’t help to much with problem solving.”

    Now there is an important sentence in that paragraph, that sentence being;
    “Although it may work for you in certain circumstances, do not be surprised if it doesn’t work for you at all. ”

    As a trainer you know that realistically your clients are not going to spend a significant amount of time working their dog long after the initial training sessions. There’s where a huge problem lies.

    Now if you teach them to understand and read their dogs body language better, without the basic obedience or “No free lunch” approach. You have now empowered your client with the necessary tools to communicate better with their animal , so they have a much more likelihood of solving the problems that you were initially hired for.

    Also I’m sure your aware that we are never really dealing with aggression as much as we’re dealing with fear issues in the dogs mind.

    Sincerely,
    Alan Papszycki

  2. I have been training dogs professionally for thirty yrs. I go out to my clients homes, were I feel is the only logical place to train the dog. I like alot of things you have to say on the site alot of good information. As you know their is not any one right way to train every dog. As for your advice about hiring a trainer for your dog you are right when you say their is no official licensing of dog trainers. They can tell you anything they want, but you must see them in action. Aggressive dogs out at the home which is the dogs den is another ball game. I have trained many a aggressive dog at the home, first rule walk the dog up the road off the property another words off the den, so if the trainer you have out walks into your house and tries to give your dog commands when he first gets their in dogs den their is going to be problems, you better think twice about this trainer. As far as obedience training relates to behavioral problems in so many ways I must disagree with your comment about that if you keep a dog in a good working order which would be his obedience you are teaching the dog that you are making his decisions which in turn makes all your behavioral problems much easier to deal with and you can not beat the communication level you have so you can justify your corrections, other than that one thing I think yoju guys give good solid advice keep up the good work. Sincerly, Larry Jones

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