Trying to train our dogs the way we were trained is a mistake.
The way we humans are is “there is time to work/study”; and then “there is time to play”.
“The Time” is a human made concept. Unlike us, our dogs spend their lives living only “in the now”.
In dog training, trying to apply “training time” and “play time” creates inconsistent behavior.
When you have “designated” training times and “rest of the life times”, that teaches your dog there are times when you have to listen/obey/follow me, and then there are times where you don’t.
So How do we solve this problem?
Train as you live®
In Train as you live® System we start with looking at the whole life of the family unit to figure out needed behaviors for the dog to maximize safety and fun based on their real life scenarios. (See Our dogs are family™)
A family with 5 kids who likes camping, boating likely would need different set of behaviors than someone who lives on 25th floor studio apartment alone with her dog.
By concentrating on desired/needed/wanted actions first we develop the list of the useful commands to achieve those sets of actions. Once we know the commands/actions we can start teaching our dog.
Because dogs learn by pictures we start by teaching our dog the meaning of the commands in a controlled environment so our dog sees/understands exactly what specific command mean (ie Come = Come close enough for me to touch you) Once the dog begins demonstrating she understands the command by performing the actions based on the command 90% or better on first command then and only then we begin integrating them into our real life places/situations. Hence the name Train as you live™
Continuing on “Come” example Once the dog learned what “Come” means at home/back yard then next step is to work on it in front yard while neighbors are walking their dogs, once that is done then we move to other places that is inline with the family’s life style.