Are you looking for dog obedience training? You have come to the right place. Even though you might not see the term “dog obedience training” very much on my website. Why is this? Well, professional trainers are turning away from the term “obedience” and replacing it with “good manners” or even “life skills” as it better reflects what we now know about dogs, how we train and live with them these days.
Dogs are, well they are dogs and have normal doggie behaviours! So we have to show them how to appropriately live in our human world by showing them how to behave. What you really want is a member of the family, a buddy, so we need to show them polite manners. We teach our dogs to choose to do the right thing.
Dog obedience training implies subservience and a lack of choice and thinking on the dogs behalf.
It’s just a change in terminology – we can still show you how to get your dog to:
- Lie down
- Heel / Walk on leash
- Come when called
- Leave an object / Take an object
- Respond to their name
- Pay attention when asked
- And so much more
What else has changed?
Well we also don’t use the term “command” so much either. “Commands” are so 1990’s – it’s 2020 and 30 years on professional trainers now use the terminology “cue” instead.
Command means to demand. A cue excites to action.
You don’t run around commanding obedience from your family members. You have a conversation with them, you ask them or instruct them to do things.
And you can have the same relationship with your dog. We can teach your dog to listen and respond to your cues.