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Are you humans the cause of your dog’s behavior problem?

Written by Rachel Phelps

I have the privilege and honor of meeting an amazing trainer named Alecia Evans who is also the inventor of the Walk-in Sync dog system. Well today I asked Alecia to talk (write) to you my pals to show that you all are why we are bad dogs hehehehe.  But seriously she is a  big advocate for positive training methods ONLY.  She says one of the reasons there are bad dogs is because you all don’t show us your  leadership skills.  So since she knows you humans need help she is leading a free call on  August 7th titled “6 Secrets Your Dog Wants To Teach You To Unleash Your Greatest Potential”.  I made mom sit in on a simular call a few weeks ago and I have to say she learned alot. So sign up TODAY.  It is free so why wait?

Are you humans the cause of your dog’s behavior problem?

Does your dog exhibit any of the following behaviors:

  • Jumping up on people
  • Putting his teeth on you
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Barking incessantly
  • Refusing to share toys

These behaviors are the result of people – you – accidentally rewarding the undesirable behavior and encouraging it to continue.

Many dog trainers try to force these behaviors to change by using dominance and creating fear in the dog.  Although these methods might have short term benefits, they cause strain to the dog-human relationship that can result in unpredictable behavior from the dog.

What your dog needs from you is for you to establish your leadership position:
“Leadership is established when a pet owner can consistently set clear limits for behavior and effectively communicate the rules by immediately rewarding the correct behaviors and preventing access to or removing the rewards for undesirable behaviors before these undesirable behaviors are reinforced.” American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

To assist you in this process, look for a trainer who is versed in the principles of humane learning theory and will work with you to create positive reinforcement practices with your dog.  In particular, look for trainers who:

  • Avoid the use of sharp jerks on the leash to train the dog to walk on a leash
  • Employ training techniques that make sense to the dog, from the dog’s perspective
  • Teach you to use a gentle yet confident voice with your dog
  • Refuse to use tools or techniques that create a fear based response in your dog
  • Support you to be a calm and confident leader no matter what breed of dog you have

For more information on how to become the leader your dog wants you to be, please join the upcoming free call, August 7, 6 Secrets Your Dog Wants To Teach You To Unleash Your Greatest Potential.  Sign up here.

About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website


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