Do we ask too much from our dogs?

We want a best friend, a companion, a confidant, an exercise partner, obedience, cleanliness, calmness, quiet, barking to let us know there is a intruder, long walks, short walks, rushed walks, no walks, toilet trained puppy, dog friendly, people friendly, well behaved in pubs or dog friendly cafe’s, ok with loud noises, love children, good with cats, good with car journeys, sleeping through the night, non destructive to household objects or furniture, being left alone for hours, being hugged, being kissed, being scared, being punished, being on a lead, wearing a collar, doing tricks, going to the vets. The list goes on…. But what do dogs actually want themselves and what do they need from us?

We put a lot of pressure and stress on our dogs and often do not give them the support they need to meet our expectations. Even worse, we then get mad at them for not doing what we want? Surely that is backwards right? We need to understand them better, learn how they communicate with us, listen to them and change the way we communicate with them. I have been lucky enough to attend many seminars where the amazing Sarah Fisher has presented. Sarah is a Tellington Touch Instructor, dog trainer, horse trainer and an animal behaviourist. Sarah often says that “our dogs are the only dog experts here and that we are the students”. That is so true and completely the opposite from what a lot of people believe. Sarah goes on to say that there are no mistakes, there are only ‘miss takes’. Meaning we have often missed what our dogs are trying to tell us. For example when a dog has behaved in a certain way or even bitten a child, we often hear “well that came out of nowhere”, “there were no warning signs”, “he’s been fine all day”, “he’s used to it”. What had our dogs been trying to tell us? What had we missed? Of course we have missed things, I am a certified dog trainer and understand dog body language and still miss things with my dogs.

But if you would like to understand your dog better; learn how to improve your communication; build a stronger relationship or modify an unwanted behaviour, then please get in touch. A FREE 20 minute Discovery Call is available. Find out how we can help.

Thank You

Marley and Me

Published by marleysmuttsuk

Hi and welcome. Thank you for taking the time to visit Marley's Mutts UK. Marley's Mutt's UK - Dog Training & Pet Services was founded after Halina graduated with Distinction from the Victoria Stillwell Academy (UK) for Dog Training & Behaviour in April 2017. Like so many other dog owners out there, she had certain expectations of what she wanted from her dogs and how she wanted them to behave. She had sought the services of a dog trainer, from what I thought was a reputable company to help her with her two Dobermans, Jed and Jodie. Sadly it made things worse due to the training methods that were used. Both dogs became dog reactive, anxious and stressed and Halina spent years trying to undo what this one trainer had done in only a number of sessions. The company website didn't say they used out dated, punitive training methods in order to train your dog. Halina was mortified what she had put her dogs through and knew there must be other ways to work with your dog. After a lot of research she identified there was another way. It involved rewarding the dogs for their good behaviour, not punishing them for behaviour which wasn't wanted. It used ethical methods which were backed by science and didn't involve force. Halina was over the moon when she found that the renowned Victoria Stilwell had a newly released dog training and behaviour course. It had been years in the making and not only did it have an A List faculty, it had a mixture of online learning, classroom learning and a dedicated mentor. That was in 2016 and she waited patiently till the course came to the UK as previously it was only offered in Victoria's home town of Atlanta, USA. Halina is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), a Doggone Safe educator and is studying with the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour (ISCP) to gain a Diploma in Canine Behaviour. She is a member of the International Companion Animal Network (ICAN) and a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network (PPN), an institution who only open their doors every few months to a select few. Life is hard for dogs, we expect an awful lot from them so not only do we need to help them get there, we also need help in managing our own expectations and learn to love and accept them for the dog they are, not necessary the dog we want them to be. Halina is DBS checked to Enhanced level, has professional insurance and public liability and is also qualified in Canine First Aid. Marley's Mutts offers 121 dog training sessions, training walks, a premium dog walking and pet care service.

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