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  • Writer's pictureSara Scott

🔑 The Secret to Effective Dog Training: It’s Not What You Think

When we talk about dog training, the mind often jumps to the essentials: sit, stay, come, and down. While mastering these cues is undoubtedly important, there’s a deeper, often overlooked element that can transform the way we connect with our dogs. It’s not just about the behaviors we teach, but how we understand and respond to our dogs, their needs, and the unique ways they communicate with us.


The key to effective dog training lies in recognizing and respecting our dogs as sentient beings capable of emotions, preferences, and, yes, even making choices. This understanding opens the door to a more profound and fulfilling connection with our pets, one where training goes beyond mere obedience to foster mutual respect.


Consider the journey of Fernando, a stray who became part of my family. Fernando’s story is a testament to the power of patience, understanding, and adjusting our training methods to meet our dogs where they are. Through a blend of antecedent arrangement and classical conditioning, I tackled Fernando’s deep-seated fears and mistrust, transforming training sessions from stressful encounters into moments of connection and understanding. The breakthroughs we achieved together were not just about Fernando learning to sit or stay but about building trust and helping him realize that he could influence his environment through his actions.


This approach to training—focusing on emotional well-being, communication, and understanding our dogs’ perspectives—may not be what many think of initially. Yet, it’s the foundation for not only solving behavioral challenges but also for unlocking the full potential of our dogs. As we continue to explore this journey with our dogs, let’s celebrate the small victories and the immense progress that comes from understanding and respecting the unique individuals they are.


Curious to learn more about this approach and the heartwarming progress of Fernando? Dive into my latest newsletter, where I share more about our adventures in training, recovery, and the incredible connection that grows from truly understanding our dogs.


Join me in redefining dog training, one paw at a time. 🐾✨

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