When helping an owner and dog the dog trainer asks questions to find out the problems even before meeting the dog. 1. How old is the dog? 2. What breed? 3. How long have you had the dog? Usually the question of where did you get the dog?, is not necessary as the dog owner has already told you. They rescued the dog and it was abused and on and on the story goes without really knowing the truth about it's past.
So you have had this dog since it was about 4 years old. It is now 10 years old and you want it trained not to bite you when you pick it up? Am I Correct? Is that what you are asking?
So you have raised this dog since 8 weeks old and it is now 2 years old and you blame its dog aggression on being a rescue. It may have dog re-activeness that was not tended to as a puppy or it has "dog hatter" in it's genes. Something the dog owner nor the trainer will ever know.
Dog Trainers get many different answers which are not close to what the reality of it is. The trainer must talk and evaluate the situation. The trainer must talk and evaluate the owner and the dog. Once all that is over the trainer only has that one dog in front of them with a vague history other than what the owner has told or the dog has shown.
With out going into training methods, this is where the trainer pulls all the tricks out of their bag and get to work. With just the dog in front of them. If training the owner they now have the owner and dog in front of them. The owner will always fill in the blanks even if it is their imagination. My dog does this because. Not true. Your dog does this because it can and is a self rewarding measure for the dog. Dogs like that. Dogs like when it works for them. And on and on the training goes until the dog no longer wants to attack dogs or humans.
Reactive Dogs can be Non-Reactive Dogs. That is the trainers goal.
Disclaimer: This is not all dogs but what many trainers see on a daily basis.
When people see the word Trick Dog they do not fully understand what trick training is. Dogs learning different behaviors. Trick Training is simple process that can be used for different behaviors including obedience. Stop jumping up on you. No problem teach your dog a sit trick. When a dog is sitting they have 4 feet on the floor. Sit is a trick, sit is an obedience command, Sit is Sit.
The basic commands are part of a trick dog program. Sit, Down, Come, Walk on a loose leash Look at the owner and more.
Therapy dogs come to learn how to so that they can do demos for their visits.
Service Dogs come to learn tasks. Get the leash, open a door, close a door.
Tricksters come to learn fun things to do with their dogs. Human/Dog Enrichment
Step one was taking Reiki for people. After days of practicing on people and many times being practiced on I felt it and understood. And then to Animal Reiki.
As an Animal Reiki Practionar I am ready to help dogs. My study begins at a shelter. One dog at a time.
Reiki found me. I love dogs so am going to put it to use. One dog at a time.
What is Animal Reiki? It is Reiki done on Animals.
What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese techie that is like a laying of hands. The energy moves through me as I hold each place 3 to 5 minutes or in a scared dogs case sit with and envision it. Animals love this because my hands get warm and the energy is soothing as well as healing. If the dog is scared I can envision it to them. Mental Telepathy as some would say. It is a gift I have.
This is continued education for me and a good feeling for dogs. Win Win... More to come with Dog #1 next time.
One dog at a time.
These are my pets. Harmony the old girl and Zippy the youngster.
Training a dog takes time. Always has, always will.
Training your dog takes time and lots of patience. People who rush drop out because they don’t see the results they expected.
I see it in dog sports, pet dog training and all dog training. When a person’s mind is made up they quit. They blame the dog, the trainer, the family, the dog park, the vet, and the list goes on.
Most dogs just want your undivided attention. All dogs need food. Something they look to us to supply.
Dogs want to please but sometimes get confused as to what to do.