Dog Training and Cat Behavior Training Secrets and Tips
The Best Dog Training and Cat Behavior Problems Solved 😉
No Magic Tricks in Dog or Cat Training or Behavioral Training
Sorry. I totally can relate when a pet parent contacts me about their pet’s behavior, especially when a dog or cat is scared. I lived, trained, and managed my previous dog, who was scared of storms to the extreme. It’s not easy helping a dog or cat with anxiety. On the other side of the coin, I also have pet parents that want to “fix” or train their pets’ everyday behaviors, but want to be able to do it quickly. I mean, you can see amazing results on TV in 45 minutes, so why can’t you see those results in your own home?
First, I hope I don’t have to tell you that TV is entertainment. Even the best dog or cat training TV shows have a little time-lapse magic. But the real point in pet training and behavior is that it takes time, patience, practice, and commitment. Teaching a pet to do a specific task or not do a specific behavior doesn’t happen overnight, and it may not happen even in the course of a 6-8 week dog training class, especially if the dog owner isn’t working with their dog daily and consistently.
The Sports Analogy
Dog and cat behaviorists often compare pet training to learning a new sport. I’m one of those people! It’s so true. You wouldn’t expect your 7-year-old child to join the Olympic team in 8 weeks, yet dog parents often think that their dog should be able to come when called off of chasing a squirrel after an 8-week course. That’s an extremely difficult task that typically isn’t reliable in 8 weeks.
But there’s something else that makes training your pets different than joining the Olympic team: YOU. You are likely learning how to train at the same time you’re training your pet, unlike the Olympic coach, who has been living the sport for decades. There is going to be error in your skills and timing. Pet training coaches, like Olympic coaches, have likely been training dogs full-time for many, many years. You on the other hand, may have little experience, which can make things a little bumpy as you and your dog learn together.
No, I do not have a magic wand to fix your pet’s behavior. No, there’s no silver bullet for your pet when he’s stressed. Yes, I can help you with your pet’s behavior, but you do have to commit to your pet and the process of training. If I had a magic wand I would use it and keep all of the pets in their current homes, happy and safe. I would be more than happy to then look for another career. In the meantime, I promise I will help as many pet parents understand and change their pets’ behavior to keep as many dogs and cats in their homes as possible. x
How often do you work on your pet’s behavior that you want to change? Tell me in the comments.
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