Freedom, we all want it. We also want it for our dogs. When we leave them at home alone we do not want to have to put them in a crate. We want to take them to the family BBQ. We want them to be able to run and play off leash at the park. And we want them with us when we go to the beach or a friend’s house.
“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.” – Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori’s quote speaks to the simple truth that, freedom given to a child before he understands what is expected of him and before he has the ability to control himself is not freedom at all, but rather it is the beginning of failure. This holds true for dogs as well.
It is not possible for our puppies or dogs to behave in a manner that we expect before we have taught them what it is that we expect, and have allow them to go through the learning process, so they can be successful.
Our approach to training is based on the following:
We achieve a Balanced Approach to dog training by applying Learning Theory within the context of the dog’s normal social structure.
A Balanced Approach to training means that we use Learning Theory, and positive reinforcement, to teach dogs new behaviours or to increase the frequency of behaviours we like. We also use correction to stop unwanted behaviours and establish a healthy social structure.