Obedience and Leadership Training
“SHE IS A CARING, MOTIVATING DOG TRAINER. DIANNE LISTENED TO MY STORIES AND TRULY MADE A DIFFERENCE”
"HE LOVED HER AND EVERY MINUTE OF THE TIME HE SPENT WITH HER."
“HE IS A BLESSING NOW AND WE HAVE YOU TO THANK FOR IT.”
ARE YOU IN THE DOG'S HOUSE OR IS THE DOG IN YOURS?
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 prefer the term “Leadership”. It is what I train my Pet Parents to be. Effective leaders, loving, firm and clear gets results with dogs.
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 look at you when you say its name wondering what you need him to do. Especially, in a crisis.
If you aren't a convincing leader the dog will assume the job. He isn't being "stubborn" or a "bad dog" he simply doesn't trust or believe in your leadership.
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.