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Why Does It Have to Be So Complicated?

Today’s topic is: Why Does It Have to Be So Complicated? I’ve been thinking a lot about the way  I do consultations with people. I thought it would be nice to share with you, in general, the format that I follow.


The first thing I ever want to do with my potential clients is listen. I want to listen to you and hear what’s going on with your dog and what’s going on with you. I think it’s really easy to get comfortable in being good at what I do. That could lead to arrogance and no longer listening to you when I start training your dog. That doesn’t really help you the way I want to.

One of the problems I’ve been running into is sometimes when I’m explaining something it feels like it’s too complicated. I’ve made it too detailed, which is a tendency that I have. As a result, I now made dog training too complicated. Yes, there are details in dog training and nuances. However, the best thing to do is lay out a simple plan and begin to execute that plan. In the process, you learn what the dog is communicating and you can act on that.

Make It Simple

My simplified approach when working with your dog is, know what the target is, and know what the bullseye is. Know where the boundaries of the target are, so you can correct your dog when these boundaries are crossed. I have found that this works very well for people and their dogs.

I don’t have to add all the little technical details. So, as you’re thinking about your dog training, try not to make it so complicated. Try to make it as simple as possible. Show your dog how great it is to do what you want them to do. When that process is repeated, it creates fantastic results.

Complicated things can be useful. For example, in my office I have a computer, two phones, and a microphone for my recordings. I am thankful for complicated technology, that makes our lives easier. We don’t need to make our dog training complicated though.

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Happy Training!

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