The Relational Approach

This One of a Kind interaction based system of dog training follows Nature’s path with overcoming all behavior issues and problems for dogs and owners.  The social connection is what influences the perceptions of a dog based on dogs as pack animals and the path this connection takes via Nature.  Behavior issues begin to manifest and influence how a dog relates with other people, dogs and their environment as a dog gains control within the relationship.  Behavior issues such as housebreaking, jumping, excessive barking and even aggression all represent that an intervention is needed to get the relationship back on the right path.

While the majority of trainers approach the process as a learning based exercise it is important for owners to understand the problems associated with this very popular idea.  The problem with how this idea is applied right out of the starting gate is the superficial way in which trainers motivate dogs to respond while assuming that appearances can be trusted via the sit, down, come and stay.  Trainers automatically assume that the perceptions of a dog must be changing the right way without considering that perhaps there could be a problem based on how they are engaging a relationship problem within this response and position based framework.

Using the parenting example as a reference point it is very similar to motivating an already selfish child to respond while getting them to complete certain chores that would represent “good responses” such as making their bed, picking up toys etc.  The problem isn’t with the good responses themselves but rather whether the attitude of the child is really changing for the better based on how these responses were achieved. The definition and consequences of bribery certainly can be attached with how this idea is applied both in the parenting example as well as within the dog training world.  The superficial way in which trainers motivate responses not only leads many into wrong assumptions but often shifts the focus onto the dog as the problem which a certain result is not achieved.  Unfortunately the majority of trainers are in agreement with motivating dogs to respond this way at the very beginning.

This proven “interaction based” system of training connects the dots properly while working to resolve all behavior issues including aggression.

 

 

It is critical to understand that behavior issues represent that your dog has already gained control in the relationship and that control is beginning to manifest itself in different ways.  Possessiveness, jumping, excessive barking, housebreaking, leash walking, not listening, fear, anxiety, stress and aggression all follow the path of a dog gaining and expressing control.  Again when considering the parent and child example behavior issues increase as the child becomes more and more selfish.  It is important to understand that your dog can look well behaved most of the time even as they are gaining a high level of control just like a selfish child can appear well behaved until the nature of the relationship is put to the test.  The truth will be revealed during certain interactions in which influence is part of the equation.  This interaction based approach provides a clear path with overcoming all behavior issues and problems for dogs and owners.

 

 

The Dog Training World is often a very confusing place with terms such as balanced and pure positive used to define various styles of training.   The common link and problem with both is the lack of depth as owners reward and assume that good things are happening based merely on appearances.  The ability to know how you are perceived as it relates to where you are standing in the relationship with your dog comes from a interaction based approach.  Again as a parent the status of the relationship and true motives are revealed the moment you “interact with” and demand (Parental Influence) that your child pick up their toys because you are the parent ( and it is a reasonable demand ) vs giving them $ 100.00.  Just because you can generate a series of responses doesn’t always represent that perceptions are changing the right way.  When considering how terms like “physical force, corrections etc” are used within the dog training world consider how parental influence is established between parent and child.  This interaction based approach reconciles the role of influence while answering the core questions.   Prior to the hands on part of training owners receive clear answers as to what they are doing and why they are doing it.  This system of training makes sense and offers real hope for all dogs and owners regardless of past failure with other systems of training.

 

 

 

While Balanced Dog Training markets itself as offering a different approach and result than Force Free Training it is important to consider that Balanced Training is in agreement with the same flawed interpretive script at the very beginning. While Balanced Trainers have attempted to build on this popular idea via adding 2 extra quadrants (applying a negative / influencing a response) they have not escaped the consequences of the problem based on motivating dogs to respond this way.  While the consequences of bribery can be more clearly seen via Force Free Training Balanced Trainers have left the door wide open for many dogs to continue to hold control based on coming into agreement with this idea and concept.  This confusion can be further seen with Balanced Trainers who adopt concepts such as clicker training and counter conditioning without questioning the context of response and agreeableness.  Balanced Dog Trainers are currently under the threat of losing certain devices based on their compromised position with being in agreement with this idea thereby being unable to reconcile and justify the role of influence with how this idea is applied.  This interaction based system of training understands that the only way to prevent problems associated with this idea is to approach the process differently.  This interaction based approach provides a consistent, intentional and reliable result for all dogs and owners.

 

The term pure positive represents those who approach the process as a full blown learning based exercise.  This group often references this approach as force free based on an ideological view of this relationship.  While certain concepts such as counter conditioning are commonly used as a bridge to build agreeableness with dogs the relational context is not considered based on how these concepts are applied.  When considering the parent child example it is similar to bribing to obtain the agreeableness of the child to a certain situation.  This is one of the main reasons why there is a lack of transparency when it comes to the force free approach with video content showcasing results.  One of the reasons for the popularity of the force free movement and with getting a free pass when it comes to its inherent flaws is based on the confusion happening within the dog training world.

The blame shifting narrative often goes into high gear based on the ability for many dogs to continue to maintain control through this approach.

 

This proven and reliable Interaction Based System of Dog Training goes further and works better to overcome all behavior issues and problems for dogs and owners.  It answers the core questions while creating meaningful and lasting change.  Several options are available to assist you and your dog and I would encourage you to check these out via this site.