Working with Stay and Come

 Photo: @samuelthomps0n


Photo: @samuelthomps0n

Miscommunication is the entire reason I have a career training dogs.  Most people don’t even understand how to effectively communicate with each other (in the same language!) but somehow believe that their dog is able to comprehend what they say. The biggest challenge always seems to be with the “stay” command and the “come” or “recall” command. Everyone seems to get it confused, thereby frustrating themselves and their dogs.

So if you’re having problems teaching your dog the basic commands (sit, stay, come, and an “off” or “leave it” command), take a deep breath, and realize that your dog isn’t being stubborn.  They aren’t being difficult.  They are being a dog. Grab a nice glass of wine, take a moment to relax, and then start over.  Because stubbornness is just determination in an opposite direction. Try starting by communicating more effectively with your dog.

- For details about how to teach your dog the “come” command, check out this link.

- Problems with the “stay” command?  Try giving this link a read.

- Feeling as if you need help just communicating with your dog in general?  Give this link a read and learn how to Pilot your dog.

Keep calm and pilot on

Kerry Stack
Darwin Dogs
Dog Training in Cleveland, Ohio

 

 

That Aggressive Dog

 

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Courage is knowing what not to fear.

- Plato

I received a desperate call from a client the other day.  His dog was aggressive.  The dog in question (King) had already bitten someone…rather badly.  I have since worked with King, and the transformation was immediate and complete.  They were merely lacking communication.  King had been asking his owners so many questions, but had never received answers.

Is the mail carrier a threat?

Do I have to defend the house from everyone who comes in?

Should I bite the neighbors?

And most importantly:

Will you protect me?

I have long maintained that there is no such thing as an “aggressive” dog.  Dogs that bite, yes, but dogs are never aggressive; they are defensive.  And that is a huge difference.  Dogs only react to the situations they are put in, and their perception of a situation might be completely different than yours.  While you may see your aunt like this:

 

 

Your dog may see your this type of “aunt”.

No Spoilers #handmaidstale

No Spoilers #handmaidstale

That’s why communication is important.  Learn how to communicate with your dog so you never have to worry about the word “aggressive” being associated with your dog. Read more here.

Oh, and King?  He’s doing fine.  I saw him today, where he met new people (without biting them! A first!!!) and went for his first walk in the park (without vacillating between cowering and lunging at people!).  In two hours, he went from terrified to trusting.  From foe to friend.  All because his owners were willing to listen to what he was trying to tell them.

If you are enduring aggressive behaviors from your dog, and are interested in making an appointment, learn more here.

Keep calm and pilot on

Kerry Stack
Darwin Dogs
Dog Training in Cleveland, Ohio