Foundations of Dog Training
Dog training and behaviour modification are two separate strands of a professionals work with dogs. Whilst dog training is mostly focused on what behaviours a dog is showing and how we can modify those to get our dogs to walk nicely on a lead for example; behaviour modification is mostly about identifying, managing and altering the underlying emotions to problematic behaviours that can influence a dogs welfare. In both dog training and behaviour modification the four C’s are important to have as core foundations within the dog: Confidence, Calm, Connection and Choices.
This course will go through each ‘C’ and discuss why it is important, as well as how we can boost each core foundation within our dogs. It will be valuable discussions for professionals who work with dogs under any capacity, as well as owners who want to learn more about setting their dog up in life skills that will last.
Whether your dog (or a dog you are working with) is a puppy, adolescent, middle aged, senior, rescue, bought from a breeder, adopted from a friend… laying some solid foundations in the dog’s life is crucial. Dogs share our lives with us and these foundations can help them feel at ease and comfortable in our human-centred world. Contrary to what can be suggested, building foundations in a dog is not about obedience. The rush needn’t be to train a dog to ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘heel’. Instead we want to build foundations within them that exist even when they are not being told what to do.
Micromanaging a dog through cue’s is stressful for all parties. Whether a dog can ‘sit’ on cue or not is irrelevant compared to whether a dog can relax in a distracting environment, be left confidently alone, or make choices about their own behaviour that means they can manage their own proximity around stimuli thereby keeping them and everyone around them feeling safe. Neither does it matter the breed of dog, the four C’s of dog training that we will be working through in this course is applicable to all. From Chihuahua’s to Bucovina Shepherds, these 4 C’s in dog training can be applied to all.
Taken altogether, the 4 C’s – confidence, calm, connection and choices – can start a puppy, dog or rescue dog off on solid foundations from which other training and behaviour modification can grow from if desired/needed. These factors can be considered as life skills that will be of use throughout the entire dog’s life.
Through this course you will develop an idea of how to build these foundations in the dogs around you to ensure their emotional and behavioural health is protected, and their cohabitation with humans and other species is rewarding and safe.