Toronto Dog Training Blog – First Post!
While working with a trainer in Raleigh, NC we talked about how proper bonding is important between dog and owner, and it’s an invaluable part of the training process. Still, many owners aren’t sure what “proper bonding” entails. This simply means that we’ll teach your dog to view you with trust and respect, and we’ll make sure that you do everything in your power to earn it.
Essentially, we’ll teach your dog to view you as the leader of the pack that is your family. Since dogs thrive in a structured environment, they need clear boundaries as well as clear direction. This doesn’t mean you can’t also be best buds, but if a dog doesn’t learn to follow your lead, they will most certainly follow their own. This can result in anxiety, which can then lead to aggression or excessive habits (chewing, barking, digging, etc.). It can also result in your dog attempting to take on the leader role, which could result in resource guarding and leash reactivity. They may also become hyperactive or mark the living room furniture simply because they don’t recognize that the boundaries exist.
So how do we go about placing you in this role? We’ll teach you how to communicate with your pet, and we’ll teach your pet to listen to you. This will involve basic obedience training, focus exercises, proper leash handling techniques, a structured schedule, and oftentimes the elimination of roaming. Once your dog learns to focus on and listen to you, as well as trusts you to keep a schedule and show consistent behavior, you’ll see your dog’s attitude and behavior turn around. The training will better you and your dog’s relationship, which will all be based on trust and respect, rather than dominance or bribery.
I can show you how to achieve this type of proper bonding through Maple Leaf Dog Training’s in-home training program. No matter what your dog’s behavioral problem is, proper bonding will play a factor in changing your dog’s habits. Give me a call today at 800.649.7297 to chat about your dog’s unique case and learn more about how I can help.