How much happier would you be if you could trust your dog and how much calmer and more peaceful would your dog be if he knew what to expect and could count on you... the circle continues on and on....
It's not just words... I live it with my dogs every day and with and whoever the Immersion Training program dog is too ........ We are a family, a unit, a "pack" (dare I say the word that is not in vogue anymore :) I have gone through major life an pack changes that affect the family pack it's always part of the bigger picture 10% of the behavior you dont like in your dog is created by the OTHER 90% of the way he lives... think about it. Curious right ? but so true. So that 90% is the stuff that has to change to be successful. And it has to be life stuff, it can't be walking around in a circle doing left or right turns, its being out on the street facing life as you live it at home with your dog.
When you start addressing and changing every day things you do, you will see the most significant changes. Away from your formal training time. People ask how much should I train my dog everyday. The standard answer is in a formal way maybe twice a day for about 10 minutes... BUT...... the real training is ALL THE TIME. It's in that moment you pause and wait for you dog to be calm before you go out the door, or in being aware that you are ignoring a pushy behavior while your dog brings a ball while you try to watch TV. That is REAL training, and that is where you find true success. If you are struggling- look there, that's where you will find it... Look in the every day- every moment things you do with your dog, pay attention to the things you constantly reinforce with him. And there will be your answer.
As you start to see HUGE progress with things, keep in mind the old adage- two steps forward one step back. As with any kind of learning- it's never a straight perfect path to success no matter how good you and your dog are doing. It part of fluxes in the learning cycle. I need to remind people (and myself!!) of that all the time. When you have that moment or day when nothing seems to go right, just step back and say omg this is just what she was talking about- it's the two steps forward one step back thing.!... Take a break, pause, reflect, and step away. Things WILL go back to normal where you were, you'll very quickly be back to where you were and can continue on from there.
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Thanks! Rose @Cold Creek Dog Training
Where dogs take their people for training...
Hey Everyone.... check out my first "real" movie video about dog training at Cold Creek Dog Training. You really can teach an old "human" dog new tricks so it seems!
This young German Shorthair pointer has a lot of energy! She was such a puller on the leash originally. Here is a small snapshot of the way we teach and connect and how she responds after a few days of training..... very happy and willing ! Because the communication is clear that's what makes the dog understand.
It also shows the setting your dog will be learning in at our hobby farm in Gettysburg.
I know you can teach old dogs new tricks for sure !.... , I've had clients with older dogs over the years have super successful training results teaching that old dog new tricks! Really long ingrained behaviors like aggression and anxieties really can be changed later in life too!
A perfect example is client with a larger mixed rescue dog of about 10 years old, give or take, that had serious fence fighting aggression with the dog next door and overall life anxieties. Everything changed for them because good obedience, really high level stuff (not the type where dog only does it when he "sees" a treat" ) and proven behavioral reshaping can make a huge difference in everyone's quality of life..... even in later dog years ! Rusty now ignores that other dog, even when the other dog is barking! Can you imagine what a relief it is for the owners after years and years of this ;)
It's always easier of course to start off with a puppy and fresh new empty brain to fill with knowledge... but it doesn't always work out that way for lots of reasons.
Things can always be changed, dogs live in the moment and every moment is new!
So as I approach "old dog" status... it took me a bit to get with the program of learning some new video technology training for me- but here it is! A super video clip with all the bells and whistles!-- some audio narration, and the lovely intro spin too! Yes I can be trained it seems !
I've tried to avoid the video scene for a long time.... and just recently started taping the dogs (see what I mean?? who "tapes" anymore!)
and I found people enjoy watching them so much! it doesn't matter how perfect it looks, maybe it's the "realism" that makes everything so believable.
And that's how things go with dog training and life philosophies in general- it's never perfect!
We always strive to be the best we can... with the most clear and black and white communication so dog understands easily.
Imagine if you were trying to understand a foreign language- and someone was trying to tell you what you needed to do ... thats your dog :)