Dog Training Blog
One of the physiological changes that occurs when stressed is the body releases cortisol. This stress hormone shuts down any bodily functions which will interfere with the flight or fight survival response. Adrenaline increases and blood pressure increases to prepare for a fast response. The digestive system slows.
It’s impossible for a dog trainer to go to a function and not get asked questions as soon as people discover what you do for a living.
As expected, this occurred at a function I was at not long ago.
As a dog trainer, I often get asked my opinion on bringing dogs to a dog park. Not all dogs are dog park material. Know your dog, know the dogs who frequent the park you go to. Just as with people, not all dogs get along; some are bullies, some are softer than others, some simply do not want to interact with other dogs.
One of the biggest misconceptions frequently brought up by clients and others, is the belief that food will forever have to be used in order to get a desired behaviour. Food used correctly, is not a problem. Improper use of food in training is the problem.
Sometimes, when a puppy is brought into a home, it’s just not the right time, the right puppy or the right fit for the family. This is very different than dealing with new puppy shenanigans.
Sometimes, after a few visits and listening to what’s being said, it’s in the best interests of the puppy and family, to re-home the pup.
I don't give my dog human food because I don't want him to learn to beg". I hear this quite a bit.
When thinking of the food you give your dog during a training session as a treat, it can seem frivolous.