Welcome to my new blog, DogsDeserveFreedom! In this blog, I will discuss my thoughts on dogs, dog ownership, dog breeding and dog training. I'm sure other things will come up as we go along, but I will try to keep to the topic. I truly believe that all Dogs Deserve Freedom. So, what does that mean? That means that every dog has the right to be free and in order to make this happen, all dog owners have the responsibility to properly prepare, train and educate their dogs to give them that freedom.
I am going to state some simple facts before I begin. These are not the be-all and end-all of my beliefs regarding dogs, but it is a good place to start:
- I believe in Crate Training
- I believe that dogs should be able to function on leash without harming themselves, their owners, or other people/dogs.
- I believe you should be able to trust your dog to interact safely with children/other animals/adults in any situation
- I believe that breeders should breed responsibly and that BackYardBreeders (BYB) are making more problems by helping us fill our shelters with poorly bred dogs
- I believe you should be able to take your dog to a restaurant and your dog should be well enough trained to take a nap under your table without begging for food or bothering anyone around
I would like to take a few moments to talk a bit about training since the essence of this Blog is to give your dogs the Freedom that they Deserve.
I am amazed at the dog training world today. There are some really good trainers out there, and then there are the nut-jobs. It is quickly becoming a dog-eat-dog world in the dog training sector. I see people jockeying for the 'top' in the dog training world - many trainers will bad-mouth others. Just in my area alone there are almost a dozen different "trainers" and only two or three will say good things about the others ... all the rest have nothing good to say. Makes you wonder at that - didn't their parents ever tell them that if they "don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
We have trainers with shows on TV that have disclaimers on each episode warning people that for their own safety, not to do this at home. We have trainers that focus only on accomplishing the "trick" and ignore the behaviours. We have trainers that focus only on what I call the Soft Skills, or the Behaviours, and believe that tricks are for show. We have the quick-fix trainers that will see results immediately but then have Behavioural problems down the road. We even have training tools that people use and so they don't have to bother training! I will likely touch on each of these things at least once during my time blogging here. There are more dog training theories and methods out there than you could shake a stick at. There are NILIF, Clicker Training, Obedience Training ... the list is SO very long.
So, to open this up ... which training methods have you used? Which ones do you like? Which ones don't you like? Tell me about them - give me some fodder to use for my blog!