It’s really hard for me to imagine that it’s nearly 16 years now I’ve been involved with training a dog in some form or fashion nearly every day. I’m coming up on 11 years of training dogs and coaching people professionally. In that amount of time, I’ve seen a lot of dogs, a lot of different circumstances, and a lot of different issues, I’m incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do for a living. After all, I get to help people enjoy quite possibly the best creature on the face of the planet.
Today what I wanted to share with you, is maybe you have a dog that is actually doing really well at a whole lot of things and they’re staying where you tell them to, they walk nicely on leash and come when you call them. Your friends even compliment your dog often, but there’s just that one thing. Today I was working with a dog, and that one thing for this particular dog was is he will walk very nicely with you up until he sees another dog, and this could be a pretty big mountain for some people.
I have definitely dealt with this many times over the years. This particular dog, when I was handling him today, had a full-on meltdown when he saw another dog. At that point in time, nothing I did could help him snap out of it. However, I have to tell you, folks who are struggling with this, don’t give up. A lot of times, you’re just a few moments away from being able to figure out what is that will help your dog understand that type of behavior is not acceptable.
If you’re struggling with this, continue to press forward. There are many resources out there and I’m so thankful for the internet because there are things like flash briefings, you can also read blog articles, or go to YouTube and watch how other dog trainers, including myself, go about doing that. It’s great to take in those resources and try the techniques to see what works best for you and your dog. Of course, one thing I would encourage anybody who’s struggling with this kind of thing to do is to seek out a competent professional in your area that has a history of dealing with this. You’ll see that kind of experience really pays off.
One of the things I think a lot of dog trainers, maybe even myself, struggle with is articulating to you guys some things that just come naturally to us trainers. I know there are things that I’m doing, because of my experience, I just do them reflexively because I’ve learned to do them. However, I don’t always know how to explain them or articulate them to my clients. Having that trained professional there, and watching them work with your dog, and also critiquing you can be a huge help.
If you’re struggling with that one thing, keep attacking that problem and finding a way because where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’ve met very few dogs whose owners are committed to the process of training and building a daily dog training habit that doesn’t end up succeeding in some form or another.
Happy training. Take care!