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The Dog Connection

Annie Brody

The Dog Connection – “Sit, Stay, Poop!” Is Not a Way to Build A Relationship

Dog training has evolved dramatically over the last several decades from reliance on physical punishment to discourage unwanted behaviors, to rewarding dogs with treats or attention, to shaping dog behavior based on their biology and cognitive process. Yet too often, dog guardians may rely on “training” and “commands” without taking their dog’s perspective into account. While you may end up with a dog that will reliably follow your commands, what you forfeit is the opportunity to enhance and deepen your relationship with you canine pal.
Certified Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviorist Joan Mayer of Inquisitive Canine takes a more enlightened view when working with her “dog parent” clients. Known for her simple, commonsense approach to dog training and behavior, Joan teaches people how to successfully coach and motivate their dogs to learn new behaviors in a way that is rewarding to both the person and their dog.