Thursday
Aug112016

     Hi I'm Louis,  Dog training interested me when I was young and later turned into a hobby of mine.  As much as I liked trying to teach my dog, I was bad at it for far longer than I would like to admit.  I tried and I tried, but with limited sucess.  So when a friend asked me if I wanted to help him train dogs for personal protection, I was intrigued.  I learned many things about how to train a dog. I would get very excited about putting on a bite suit and helping the dog learn his bite routine.  I thought that was the thing, but Richard would tell me it's just obedience.  Then I would be confused again.  I thought obedience was teaching the dog to walk on a leash, or sit and actually stay there.  He said it is, but it's all dog obedience.  

     Sometimes we would talk about a young dog retrieving a ball, you know play.  He would say it's just dog obedience.  I thought that was play again, but he would ask me a question.  Didn't he have to leave you to get the ball?  Yes.  Didn't he have to pick up the ball?  I said yes.  Then he would ask me, once he picked up the ball, didn't he have a choice to come back to you or choose to go off to himself and chew the ball?  I said yes, he does that all the time.  He kept asking me questions that my dog was doing.  Then he would ask an even tougher question of me.  What could you do to help him understand what you wanted him to do?

     Now I'm stuck again.  I admit, I found it challenging and often times frustrating. Most of the time he didn't answer my questions directly, but this one thing stuck with me.  He said, "you've got to make it simpiler for your dog."

"Out for a Walk". 

     One thing that I found to be invaluable was the ability to see the exact moment a dog makes a decision.

     Think back to the times when you created drills for your dog, you know, the kind of drill that allows your dog to make his own decision. Isn't it fun to create drills that are so clearly understandable that your dog can learn them right before your eyes?