Leadership and Dog Training
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"Dianne is the best dog trainer and is easily up there with Caeser Milan and other famous dog trainers but actually reasonably priced! My boyfriend calls her the dog whisperer. Stella used to never even let my boyfriend touch her without snapping at him and now they cuddle all the time."
Kelly D. YELP
We saw an instant switch in her obedience and listening after just one session with Dianne."
ARE YOU IN THE DOG'S HOUSE OR IS THE DOG IN YOURS?
ARE YOU TRAINING THE DOG OR IS THE DOG TRAINING YOU?
I don’t like the terms “Alpha Dog” or “Dominant Dog”.
They bring to mind a bossy, unfriendly enforcer that followers are frightened to disobey.
"I called Dianne and was convinced by her harm-free training (many of the other trainers I called suggested bark collars and I don't believe in them and Dianne doesn't use them)"
Flash-forward to about six weeks later now and Stella is a brand new dog. She is less anxious, she rarely barks inside, and she has learnt new commands.
I prefer the term “Leadership”.
It is what I train my Pet Parents to be. A leader is simply someone who tells a follower what to do. Effective leaders, loving, firm and clear direction gets the best dog training results.
"I love Dianne's philosophy with owner and dog's relationship. No shock collars and no difficult or intensive training just proper communication and leadership from the owner."
Dogs need Leadership for one primary purpose….Who takes charge in a crisis?
A leader is simply someone who says "do this" and the follower does it.
This is the end result of all training. Not just getting a dog to "sit" but getting a dog to PAY ATTENTION when you say its name and understand and follow your command. Especially, in a crisis.
"My dog recently got out by accident and people were outside my fence walking their dogs and I feared she would attack, but to my surprise as soon as I yelled her name Phoebe ran back inside with no hesitation paying no mind to anyone but me. My relationship with my dog has improved so much and all because of Dianne."
If you aren't a convincing leader the dog will assume the job.
He isn't being "stubborn" or a "bad dog" he either doesn't understand what you want and/or doesn't trust or believe in your leadership. And someone has got to be the leader.
"I am so thankful that she helped trained my aggressive 90 pound German Shepard/Rottweiler. I was at a complete lost with Phoebe (my dog,) I felt like a prisoner in our own home because I couldn't take her out without fearing she'll bite someone or get out of control with other dogs. We saw an instant switch in her obedience and listening after just one session with Dianne."
How I saved my dogs life with effective leadership.
I used to walk my dogs Ginger and Peggy past three dogs who would bark at us from behind a fence across the street. One day someone left the gate open and I looked up and saw them growling and snarling, hurtling full speed towards us.
I quickly turned to my dogs and very firmly gave them the command to "STAY!!” with the accompanying hand signal.
I turned back to the dogs, who were half way across the street, threw my hands up and with every fiber of my being shouted “BAD DOGS!!! BAAAAD DOGS!!!” while stamping my foot. It stopped them cold and while they were taking my measure I continued with a threatening, insistent, no nonsense “GET BACK BEHIND THAT GATE!! GET…BACK!!” as my pointed finger and voice willed them to turn around. Which they did. They went back behind the gate. And quickly too. Whew.
The most important part of this story? My dogs stayed. They didn’t run, they didn’t attack. They let me do my job as the leader, listened to my direction and let me save their lives.
It is the same when the postman comes to the door. If the dog is the leader she will bark until the danger goes away.
If the dog thinks that you are the leader she will bark to warn the stranger and bark to alert you, the leader. You acknowledge her good work with a cheerful "Thank You!" and then give her the firm command, "now... Go Lie Down" as you point towards her spot, which she goes to, because you, the Leader have told her this is how the crisis will be handled. Now you can go to the door and take care of whatever business there is.