Gaining your dog's unconditional trust and respect is paramount, and doing so allows you to bond with your dog more than you thought possible. Taking the time to patiently and consistently guide your dog to calmer and happier states of mind, and to communicate to him/her that they can trust you, gives the dog the confidence to follow your lead in any situation. Being a leader for your dog allows him or her to be and remain the follower that they were born to be. Establishing this relationship with your dog will ensure a happy, healthy and harmonious relationship together that will last a lifetime.
I am often asked what methodology I practice. All of the great trainers and behaviorists know that there is not just one way to teach a dog. You will read books and watch videos that seem as if there is only one way to train a dog or modify behavior. Many of my clients are confused about what they should and should not be doing and what methods are the "correct" way. Each and every situation and dog are different. I feel that you should take all of the information you learned over the course of your relationship with your dog and use what works for your dog and you.
Creative thinking and the ability to communicate to each and every dog in a way that reaches them and helps them best, becomes the best plan of action for that dog and that behavior. Coming up with a plan that best suits and motivates the human is the only way we can all help our dogs. Understanding how the brain of the dog works and having respect for just how they see the world is part of a strong foundation that includes fulfilling a dog's need for exercise, learning new things, having a calm and patient energy to follow, balanced nutrition, and a healthy environment in which to live are all components of creating an everlasting bond of unconditional respect and trust between your dog and you.
With hard work, patience, and consistent, pure, and clear communication with your dog anything is possible!