How Do I Choose a Dog Trainer?
- Do they offer you a complete basic obedience course-or one that leaves you and your dog with a fraction of what is necessary (reliability) for living in today’s society?
- Are they proven experts in solving the most common and basic canine behavior problems such as: aggression & inability to socialize with children, adults and other animals, house breaking, jumping, chewing, digging, bolting, uncontrollable leash walking and excessive barking?
- Are they proven experts with all breeds (not just a certain few) as well as being an expert with puppies?
- Have their methods saved the lives of hundreds of incorrigible, aggressive dogs who other experts deemed “untrainable and need to be put down”?
- Do they have a broad knowledge of many aspects of dog training i.e. Obedience, Service/Assistance Dogs, Field trial, and Tracking?
- Do their training methods, techniques and curriculum set the standard for any national Service Dog Program?
- Are their methods proven in official U.S. and international obedience competitions against other professionals?
Why The Thinking Dog System™?
Annually in the U.S., tens of millions of dogs are given up to local shelters or rescue groups, abandoned and ultimately euthanized with the number one reason being behavior problems. Somebody couldn’t live with them. If approximately two thirds of the dogs that land in shelters and rescue organizations have already been through some form of conventional dog training, then conventional training wisdoms and trainers are not working. There are no current legal national standards to be met in order to qualify a person as a dog trainer. We need change and improvement in the form of a learning system that allows all dogs the opportunity to become successful, not an experiment. Bud Brownhills “The Thinking Dog” Learning System does just that.
Are your dog’s needs being met for an Enjoyable, Stable and Cooperative quality of life??
• Clear Communication
Todays opportunities for dog owners to address their dogs needs are far and wide but are they truly fostering best health practices to maximize quality of life and enjoyable companionship? By addressing the true root of most behavioral issues, the symptoms often go away all by themselves.
Leadership provides your dog with a clear position with in their social structure, whether with dogs or humans. Without qualified leadership, dogs become unclear in their role and boundaries in the relationship and begin to make behavioral mistakes.
The dogs Purpose is rarely consistent with what it was originally bred to do in terms of work. Providing adequate supplemental stimulation through physical skill building exercises which develop the dogs’ abilities to become a working Jr. partner, for and with their human leader is essential. This teaches both dog and owner how to become a team for maximizing quality of life.
Dogs are thinking, reasoning entities. Establishing a clear system of communication based on thinking, choice making and building language, NOT conditioned response, maximizes your dogs ability to learn quickly and efficiently. This also builds confidence, trust and reliability for good decision making.
Safety from our perspective should be the top priority for training your dog. If your dogs training can’t reliably keep them safe and alive in a real world situation, nothing else they have learned matters. Excellence in an obedience foundation maximizes reliability. How many times do you want to call your dog if he’s headed for a busy street? Is she safe to have around children and friendly strangers? Second chances are rarely an option once safety mistakes occur.