Those working as professional dog trainers in Brisbane frequently come across owners who are at their wit’s end trying to train their dog to live cooperatively in their homes. In fact – a popular belief out there is that there are dogs out there that are un-trainable. However, not only is this belief untrue, it is also illogical – being out of control and troublesome not only makes life difficult for the owner, it also frustrates the dog. It is only natural that a canine in distress would work constructively to work its way out of it – that’s survival instinct. Why then, is it that some breeds of dogs are more difficult to train than others, and that certain dogs, irrespective of their breed, simply don’t respond to training even when done over lengthy periods of time?
Many proficient trainers in Queensland think that the word “training” is often a misnomer of sorts, since the objective for most household dogs is not so much to impart specific skills to a dog as it is to teach them how to live in a human household. It’s only “training” if you’re teaching it tricks; at all other instance it is just communication.
Similarly to human babies, dogs will only act right when they feel right. Hence, an unmanageable dog immediately implies some sort of a communication barrier – that is – either the dog doesn’t understand what the trainer tries to communicate, or the trainer doesn’t understand the dog’s point of view. Here are some of the common behavioural traits that render a dog unmanageable:
1. Aggression for food or with other animals and even children
2. Being insubordinate – pulling on the leash etc.
3. Excessive barking
5. Chewing on furniture or other objects not meant to be chewed
6. Over-enthusiasm: jumping on people trying to get affection
7. Toilet-training issues
8. Uncontrollable anxiety – crying, wetting, overtly defensive behaviour
Most of these behavioural traits arise because the dog and the trainer are not on the same page. The purpose of effective dog training is to break the communication barrier through innovative modes of communication. Professional trainers who have been dealing with dogs for their entire work lives understand the issues perturbing a dog with surprising skill, and the issue often resolves itself quickly and simply. Note here, that every now and then, dog trainers come across canines living in households containing one or more genuinely abusive trainers (and this abuse can be either deliberate or inadvertent), and in such instances, it is informing the owner that is more essential than training the dog.
Online courses and informative content on dog training tips and tricks will often only cover basic techniques that any dog owner can try at home. However, dogs that prove themselves difficult to manage often require a more professional approach towards training and the pertinent and effective care that comes from being in the proximity of professional dog trainer. With the right perspective and methodology, dogs are really not that difficult to train.