let me pre-empt this article with the fact that there are no
shortcuts in dog training. Not only are there no shortcuts
G-d can take an immature mind and make it mature. Maturity
comes with age and the G-d analogy was made to show that
there is no power on Earth able to speed up this process. I would
appreciate it if you would remember what I have stated here so
it can be a reference to you when reading this article.
am a halfway decent dog trainer. I have over 25,000 dogs under
my belt and I admit to three failures. I will tell you that these
three failures were beyond my control. I, and others that were
brought in on these three jobs, labored for many many months to
try and fix the problems. We were unsuccessful. Since these were
my jobs, I admit failure for them. I wanted the public, who are
reading this, to know that we did everything humanely possible
to fix these three dogs. I am telling you this so you know that
I have a rough idea on how to train a dog. Now I will get into
the meat of this article.
was told some extremely disconcerting news today. No not disconcerting,
but downright gut-wrenching. The news that I was given was that
another "trainer" had taken money and a 12 week
old puppy and told the owner of said puppy that within four days
the dog would be completely obedience trained. That's right you
heard me correctly, that a 12 week old puppy would be completely
obedience trained: heel, sit, come, stay, and down, 12 WEEKS
is the travesty here? After the "trainer" was
through with the puppy the puppy went from: housebroken to urinating
in the cage, being friendly and happy to when people approach
now the puppy urinates, friendly with family members now he is
showing aggression towards them in order to protect himself. What
the puppy is showing through all of these actions is a traumatic
break in his personality that was inflicted on him by the "trainer"
playing G-d. Playing G-d which has now destroyed
the dog's personality and most probably will have effect on this
dog's life for the rest of his life. Traumatic breaks like mentioned
above do not go away. They become deeply seated in the dog's personality-that
is what is called imprinting.
in case the above information is not being made clear enough let
me elaborate even further. Picture yourself being a baby. Picture
someone trying to teach you algebra and every time you made a
mistake you were physically corrected. Picture yourself not understanding
what is going on and becoming fearful and afraid of your environment
and the people in it. Is this clear enough?
of my own personal dogs started training at seven weeks old. Corrections
were NEVER GIVEN, THE NO WORD WAS NEVER USED, ALL THAT THE
DOG KNEW WAS THAT HE WAS LEARNING A NEW GAME. The sessions
lasted seconds. The placement was shown to the puppy for a command
and broken off immediately with a release word. My puppy's always
wanted more of this game. This game took months and months to
do. If I had rushed it my puppy's would have become broken dogs.
Placement exercises, reinforced with praise, extremely short sessions,
are the keys to success. Buildup time of concentration and stability
cannot BE DONE IN FOUR DAYS. On
my reference page you will see Hasso was the youngest
dog in the world to achieve a Schutzhund I and a Schutzhund II.
Not only was he the youngest dog but he was completely blind.
He also achieved his Schutzhund III at 15 months old (still completely
blind). Hasso like all my other dogs were involved in real-life
hard-core security work. A dog that is broken cannot do what my
dog's did. So this proves that the words I am speaking are true.
Broken dogs don't make it in the real world nor do they recover
from what some "trainers" do!! The issue here
is that a "trainer" trying to jam work down
into a puppy for what? When one trains one is supposed to be compassionate
and understanding, and know what they are doing.
have seen many good trainers in my lifetime and I have not seen
one in all the years that I have been training, not one (and that
includes ME), that can train a 12 week old puppy to do an obedience
program in four days. NOT ONE, nor would they even try because
it IS MENTALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE PUPPY AND THE RIGORS OF THE
WORK WOULD DAMAGE THE PUPPY! You cannot expect a baby to perform
and execute obedience work that is beyond their maturity level,
it just can't be done!!
I am proposing here is my opinion. I know that the readers of
Aldo's Acres are not stupid. Use your own minds and make your
own opinions. I am sure when you review what I have said you will
be in agreement with me.
by Neal Seaman