Having a REAL Relationship with your dog.
Trust with Your Dog
Today let's talk about what it means to have a real relationship with your dog. What does it mean to have a relationship with your kids, or your spouse? What makes for an impactful relationship? What builds a relationship of any sort?
Before we answer these questions lets address what is not a relationship. I get a lot of clients and people that believe that giving a dog massive amounts of love, affection, and attention are what builds a bond and a relationship with their dogs. However, this couldn't be furthest from the truth. Yes, their intentions are from a place of love but that is actually not what formulates a massive bond and relationship with their dogs. That is one of the factors that build up a relationship but without the other part of the equation you do not have a formula for success.
Communication With Your Dog is The Relationship
What builds a beautiful, real, unbreakable relationship with your dog is communication. They same goes for any relationship. Whether it is with your kids, your spouse, your friends, or your parents. The golden ticket to a successful relationship is communication. This is the task at hand for every dog owner. Build a crystal clear communication with your dog and watch that relationship turn into a beautiful reward for both you and your dog. Building a communication system with the dog is actually what we focus on in our training program. It is the single most important thing that will guarantee or hinder your success with your dog.
How would you go about building a communication system with your dog? Well for starters, most of us know that our dogs do not speak our languages, so how in the world do we communicate with them? There is one very effective way to communicate with our dogs however, and that is through structure. Massive amounts of structure.
What do I mean by structure? I mean, rules, boundaries, limitations, accountability, discipline, consequences and punishment. These are all great ways to communicate with our dogs. These help your dog to understand exactly what you want from them. Done correctly, these do not allow for any gray areas between your communication. These allow your dog to know exactly what is expected of them, what they're accountable for, what gives them rewards, and most importantly, what is intolerable to you. When you have all of these forces working together every single day, in time you will have a beautiful relationship with your dog.
Remember, dog training is a journey. It is a lifestyle. Work with your dog everyday and the results will amaze you.