DOG TRAINING INDEX
This portion of the site is meant to help you with many of the training and problem solving issues you may encounter with your dog. It is important to understand that behavior problems need to be addressed so that they do not get a chance to escalate. Once problem solving issues are given the opportunity to escalate, it can make problem solving a lot more difficult.
One of the biggest misconceptions is thinking that a dog owner or trainer needs to train all dogs the same way using a certain technique, and not taking into account the animal’s personality. If new dog owners and trainers would take the opportunity and just get to know their dog and understand what type of dog they are dealing with, and train their dog based upon that personality, I am convinced more dogs would end up being trained. Instead, unfortunately many dogs never get the chance to be trained because the personality was never taken into account. The results of this are a large number of dogs are returned back the breeder, animal shelter, rescue group, or humane society.
What I have done is create a color scheme to make training easier for you and your dog. Here is the way it works! Your dog will be given a color, and you will learn that the color will be based on your dog’s personality. Your dog will be RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN or BLUE. Each color has their own unique styles, techniques and methods.
Look at the spectrum:
I think it is very important that the new pet owner understands where their dog is in relationship to training and understanding what is realistic. The closer your dog is to the center of the spectrum, in general, the easier training is going to be. You can see that the yellow dog is in the center of the spectrum. This is the easiest dog to train. The green dogs are a little apprehensive and cautious and will be a little more challenging. As we move a little farther away we come to the blue dog which is VERY afraid of things and people. The same thing applies as we move to the orange dog. This is a dog that is high strung and somewhat out of control, and will be more challenging than a yellow dog. As we move farther away from the center of the spectrum, we see the red dog which is VERY high strung and out of control.
Here is the point. You would never training a red dog like a blue dog. And as a matter of fact, the way your train the warmer colored dogs (oranges and reds) and the cooler colored dogs (blues and greens) are going to differ greatly. The way you walk, talk, move, reward, correct, and even the difference in the tools you are going to use are going to be like night and day. For information on to find out what color your dog is, click on the color:
THE RELATIONSHIP (Please read)
Hopefully you have taken the time to develop a great relationship and bond with your dog. Once this is accomplished your dog will want to please you and make you happy. Ask any professional dog trainer and they will tell you that your dog really lives to make you happy. When you learn to believe this in your heart and soul, your relationship with your dog and his desire to learn becomes easy and joyful. Keep it fun!
This area will give you an idea of my technique and where it came from. You will see that much of this style came from my marine mammal training experience from the early 80's. Of course, this is combined with a long career as a Hollywood animal trainer.
This area will help you with some of the more common problem solving issues.
This area will help you with some of the most very basic behaviors such as SIT, STAY, and COME.
This area contains some of the more intermediate behaviors such as teaching your dog to HEEL and LIE DOWN.
This area gets into more of the advanced behaviors like teaching your dog to RETRIEVE.
This will give you an idea of some of the tools that you are going to need, and some things I recommend.