Hi everyone, I am a balanced dog trainer in Portland, Oregon. I help people get results. I wrote this blog to help give you a guide on what really helps to turn things issues around with your dog. Enjoy!
1. Consistency – Dogs are like kids in that they thrive in consistency. Routines, rules and schedules work well for them because there is a certain comfort in knowing some things are always the same. Being consistent with rules is a game changer. Make sure everyone in your household is also on board with enforcing your rules. Let me give you some examples of rules you can be consistent with:
- Stopping at doorways (including the car)
- Making them sit when you come to an intersection
- Walking in a heel position
- Waiting for eye contact (before they can come out if the crate, before they eat)
- Kicking them out of rooms/the kitchen when you cook
2. Pressure – Most people disregard and misunderstand pressure as a method of getting amazing results in your dog buying into you as pack leader. Why is pressure important? Because dogs are not verbal animals – their communication lies solely in body language. What does pressure mean?
There are 3 forms of it:
- Body or special pressure
- Leash pressure
- Electronic pressure or an e-collar
Pressure is a game changer and is the difference between a dog listening only to get a reward or listening because it buys into you as a leader or authority. For me, having my dog buy into me as a leader is really a safety issue. When I’m doing off-leash training in Portland, I train dogs to focus on me and the training even with distractions like squirrels and other dogs. Of course the repetition in dog training is a key to success, but if a dog also buys into you as a leader then you’ve got a dog that’s listening really well over-all.
3. Mindset – Whatever you are trying to teach your dog, don’t give up! Sometimes it takes even professional dog trainers a few days before a breakthrough occurs. Sometimes a breakdown appears to happen but remember on the other side of that is a breakthrough.
4. Guidance – Want to know the easiest way to get better results? Work with either a martingale or prong collar (which applies pressure), and leash your dog up 100% of the time until you start to have breakthroughs. If you hired me to be your balanced dog trainer in Portland, I would do exactly that. Doing this gives them guidance so they know what is expected of them in every moment.
I hope this is helpful! I help people with e-collar training in Portland, Oregon. I also assist people with behavioral issues and off-leash dog training in Portland.
Reach out if you are looking for a dog trainer!