you were thinking about getting a dog or after you received your
dog this question was supposed to have been answered. Apparently
most people really never addressed this issue either before receipt
of their dog or after their dog has been with them as a family
member. Why do I say this? I say this because most of the people
I have witnessed that are supposedly "loving, caring, and
compassionate dog owners and animal lovers" don't prove it
by their actions. Henceforth, they cannot answer the question,
"What Does It Really Take to Train A Dog?"
I answer this question I wish to pose some "answers"
which I think most people would come up with. Firstly, it takes
money, and in some cases lots of it. This, to a certain extent
is true, it takes money because no trainer works for nothing.
Their knowledge and expertise took many years to accumulate and
it has fair market value to customers who don't have their knowledge
and expertise. But this rendition is not the real answer as to
what it takes to train a dog.
it take very expensive equipment, pretty colored collars, leashes
that retract automatically, and stupid handkerchiefs around a
dog's neck? The answer of course is no to all of these.
it take having a special breed of dog to be able to accomplish
obedience training? Yes there are some breeds that take training
like falling off a log in respect to how they integrate the work
into their psyches. Where there are other breeds that are hard-nosed
and fight the training every step of the way. But all dogs can
be trained providing they have not developed such horrible aberrant
behaviors that cannot be reversed.
make a long story short I will tell you what it takes to train
a dog: commitment, time, and patience. If one is not willing to
treat a dog equally with the other responsibilities one has in
their life than the dog will never get trained. Also, specifically,
if the dog is showing specific behavioral problems - those problems
will only worsen. I will go as far to say that the people who
are not going to devote the time, effort and responsibility to
one's dog should not own a dog. They should own a pet that does
not require the necessary ingredients, in my eyes, to be whole:
which is love and behavioral boundaries.
are trainers that will tell you that they can train your dog without
you being present. There is some validity to this statement. Yes
they can train your dog while you are not present. But who does
the dog listen to after that? Even if the trainer does a transference
of the specific commands this plan falls apart in the long run.
Why because dogs are not stupid. Once they realize that you do
not have the tools to deal with the average everyday situations
that arise, whereby they need some behavioral directing, they
will inevitably stop listening to the command work. Since most
people when they receive a transference either can't remember
how to do the work (because they were not in on it at the ground
floor level), or are not conditioned to respond quickly and correctly
when needed, the plan of the trained dog turns to dirt. Inevitably
the dog over time reverts back to being untrained and unhappy
because his behavioral boundaries are gone.
the bottom line boils down to personal responsibility for having
a dog. Personal responsibility for training that dog and learning
how the dog thinks so one can correct the problems as they come
up. There cannot be any slack when it comes to this. Slack only
returns having an untrained animal.
by Neal Seaman