Dog Trainers: You are doing great things, you are building relationships that dog owners need in a positive manner, power and respect to you.
There is far too much daily arguments and miscommunication in dog related posts from breeding, rescuing, training, differences in breeds, etc. So much of the time it either starts or ends with emotion and the whole, “There is no one way that works for everyone.” Fact of the matter, there absolutely is, “One way that works for everyone." It may look different and be applied different for some, it may need to be fine tuned a little here and there by raising or lowering certain things, but the answer is balance.
There has been a huge shift in the dog world in the attempt to create better dog owners the past few years. Obedience and training has evolved and is moving in a forward direction, which is great.
I am seeing more and more people using the term balanced training. I have recently mentored one person as such after I noticed they were reusing my words incorrectly on social media solely because they did not have a full understanding. Balance is not something that can be trained. In reality, the labeled term of balanced training is just obedience with less humanizing of the dog, which is fine, but the label could be misleading to most.
Balance is created, it is learned and practiced with awareness to then be maintained. Dog psychology and creating balance in others has actually very little to do with dogs.
I get asked all the time, "What is your method and technique?" Once I hear that, I first get the person asking to eventually ask me what they really want to know, which is the first step in communication, which is what I teach, not train. They understandably ask because of previous experiences, but I am not going to dive into human psychology in this post.
I will give everyone this free sample: YOU are the method. How YOU do what YOU do and why YOU do it IS the method. I do not push my own agenda on anyone mainly because I do not care what you do because it is none of my business and I do not force anything on anyone. If one wants to be the best at what they do, I can certainly get them there, once they tell me what it is they do want. No one can force a square peg into a round hole, but we can smooth off the edges until the perception of all is on the same page.
As far as techniques go, I have the responsibility to first make sure someone is technical before giving them the techniques and the how to accomplish things. Since the words we use become the actions we choose, I cannot give someone the know how until their foundation is solid. I do not teach people or dogs impulse control, I teach them which impulse is positive and desired. I do not teach anyone or dog recall, I provide the environment in which they learn, and if they fall off track, I help them back on track. I do not redirect people or dogs, I provide them with what they need to learn. I do not desensitize, I make others realize they are understood, safe and protected.
For anyone ready to reach the next level, contact me via the MENTORSHIP portion of TaoOfBalace.com or email me at BenDunham@TaoOfBalance.com