I realize that there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there about dog-training, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to get results with your dog. There are TV shows, YouTube “quick tip” videos, hundreds of blogs, and after all, everyone that you know that has a dog is a “dog-trainer”. They all have advice for you about what you should “always” do and “never” do. To further confuse things, your helpful friends may have found something that genuinely worked in their situation but won’t work in your situation. This dilemma brings up lots of questions. Why did something work with someone else’sÂ dog but not with your dog? How can you adjust techniques so that they work with your dog? How does your dog interpret what you’re trying to teach him or her? As well as many other questions that may be running through your mind.
My goal is to take you through some foundational ideas to help you first assess what’s going on with your dog, and then give you a step-by-step process to help you create change in your dog’s behavior.
If you’re curious about the training philosophy that I use and how I arrived at it, I talk about that in my introductoryÂ podcast (I also talk about whether the podcast and this training method will be a fit for you).
I FOUND THAT FOOD-TREAT TRAINING HAD MIXED RESULTS FOR ME AND MY DOG
A couple of decades ago I found that the typical, treat-oriented obedience class didn’t really work for me and my dog. I simply wanted to enjoy time with my dog without worrying about her behavioral issues, and have her listen to me when I asked her to do something. I experienced what a lot of my clients have experienced prior to training with me; having a dog that doesn’t have the skill to listen to you and handle normal social interactions with people or other dogs very well can be stressful.Â Â Through years of training with various trainers (and ultimately pursuing training as a career), I arrived at a more naturalistic training philosophy, rather than using food treats as the primary basis for why your dog responds to you. Ultimately, after applying some training that worked, I did enjoy time with my dog and was able to live life with my dog in the way I had imagined when I first got her.
As a trainer, who primarily teaches private lessons, I realize that there can be a pretty big financial barrier to working with me. I’ve had a lot of people, who have had an initial phone discussion with me say, “This sounds great – it sounds like you’ve got our dog pegged – it sounds like it would really help… but… we just don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on dog training!” It’s because of conversations like this that I created the blog, and the podcast and why I did the comprehensive video course. I wantedÂ people have access to some of the training that I do without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Now, I don’t want to insinuate that both things are totally equal (training in person is simply more efficient and we can accomplish things more quickly in person) but my goal was to help more people solve their dog training problems.
I’d start with some of the free stuff we have here for you – the blog or the podcast (if you have a busier lifestyle and just want to download a session of the podcast and listen in the car or at home).
A lot of people have told me that they wanted a lower cost version of my training and were tired of watching “quick tip videos” and reading articles here and there to try to pick up information about how to train their dog. I created the video course so there was a comprehensive (and affordable) resource for people who wanted to take their dog through a step-by-step training and deal with a bunch of issues once and for all.
FOR DOGS OVER 7 MONTHS OLD
12 lessons on 5 DVDâs
15 reminder cards to take with you on your walks and homework sessions as a reminder of key “Do’s” and “Don’ts”
Bonus and problem solving video lessons on the “students-only” website
A workbook that follows along with each lesson.
The workbook includes
Specific homework assignments
A quick quiz on each section to solidify your theory learning
Detailed competency self-assessments to track your progress
Hi, I'm Sean McDaniel. My Interest in dog training and behavior probably started in much the same way yours did. I got a dog that had some issues that I wanted to solve. In the early 1990s I got a breed of dog called a Rottweiler. (Read More)
I was a little taken by surprise as she grew up to be 104 pounds, strong, protective, dog; I didn't really didn't do much breed research (yes, I was one of those clients that trainers always shake their head at!) I signed up for some obedience classes and found that they weren't effective for my dog. My ongoing research and training after that, ultimately, lead to me pursuing training as a career.
I must have $200 in dog training books... none of this stuff was in any of those books!