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“You Talk Too Much”

Humans have a very special communication tool that makes us superior to most animals. We are more effective and efficient in interacting and socializing with each other thanks to this particular biological tool. The ability to verbally communicate with our species and other species. Talking is our PRIMARY form of communication. If we did not have the function to speak to each other, we would all be playing charades with each other, making it difficult to socialize and interact properly. Verbal communication skills is an incredible gift but when it comes to efficiently interacting with our dogs, its not being used effectively with the average dog owner. We need stopped talking soooooo much to our dogs, for starters.

Dogs, like the rest of animals on this earth, communicate through physical body language, physical touch, and other senses when interacting with other animals and their environment. They use body language and natural biological functions to convey a lot of what they are trying to say versus talking…

This difference in communication and the failed effort by most owners to learning the dogs language is why dogs do not understand particular verbal commands. No matter how many times the owner says the command the fact is DOGS DO NOT VERBALLY COMMUNICATE! Repeating in a demanding tone VOCALLY is not how your dog learns verbal commands. They learn by associating the verbal command with a physical action. First, Learn the dogs language if we expect them to understand our language. That way the owner can physically show the dog what is being verbally asked. And pair the two languages together.

Build a bridge of understanding by associating that verbal command with some sort of physical action for the dog (TRAINER TIP: Use leash to direct or treats to lure positions). Make sure you can create those physical actions or pictures, like charades. Make sure you can physically can make the dog sit before asking the verbal command. •

 

The key to success, VERBAL THEN PHYSICAL. Associate the verbal command then with the physical action. SAY the command once THEN SHOW the dog what is being asked. Happy Training!

The wanderlust of a dog is engraved in their heart and soul.

Many humans can relate to the need for adventure and have a eager willingness to explore the unknown. Imagine sitting at work day in and day out, staring out the window, while picturing yourself at the edge of the world. And never getting to make that moment a reality in your lifetime. Our dogs experience that emotion and thought process everyday. And sadly the world remains a novelty from their living room window and backyard. Sometimes at most only knowing the sidewalk around their block.

The wanderlust of a dog is engraved in their heart and soul. And this is a need we strongly believe that should be met for every dog. Yet sometimes our dogs never get to experience and fully interact with the outside world they way they are genetically designed to do. When was the last time you have trusted your dog enough to drop their leash and let them show you the way?

We strive that every Lake Erie Dog has that need for adventure met during our relationship with them and their owners. Pushing our clients to strive to an off-leash trainer dog and let the dogs explore the world, in everyday life, like the true pioneers that our dogs are. •

 

During day training, one of our main activities is to let the dog explore, on remote collar and long line, and just follow their lead. Letting a dog be a dog, making sure they get to explore as much of the world, as possible, in this very short, beautiful thing called life.

Be Coachable.

Be open to change when bringing a dog trainer into your home. Be open to being critiqued and coached on how to change the dynamic in the relationship. Be open that you’ll have to change daily habits and routines with your dog. Be open to learning the right ways to interact and communicate with your dog. Most importantly, be open to seeing your mistakes and failures too. I know this can be very difficult being told what to do but it’s why you hired a trainer. We all are on the same team.

Everyone always asks, “what’s the hardest dog to train?” Our answer is consistent..

“A dog with an owner not willing to comply with the training process.”

If the owner does not open up to change, the training is pointless and will be a waste of time and energy for everyone. The communication skills that the dog learns in the process will wither away very, very fast, due to the lack of effort and consistency.

The sad thing is these type of owners tend to have in-denial stories dedicated to why these changes can’t happen. Millions of excuses the training didn’t get done between lessons. Or telling the reasons why something didn’t change something in the household because it’d be too much for the dog. The best one is when the training triggers trauma from your dogs fantasy past life of neglect and abuse. Stop lying to yourself. The dog tells all. The owners hold the dogs back from their true potential. The owners need to do better, not the dogs.

It’s not just a financial investment, it’s an emotional investment that needs your involvement and attention as well.

 

Dive into the change, it’s uncomfortable but you’ll grow and so will your dog. Give your dog your all, be open to learn. Be open to change. And most of all be coachable.

We focus on owner education not quick fixes

Most dog owners seeking out training, want a problem fixed. Sadly, a large amount of dog trainers, look at that need as profitable niche. Using an abusive amount of punishment to get the solution. In the end, no one learns anything, the dog isn’t trained to do anything, the problem MAYBE fixed temporarily but the spirit of the animal is crushed. Just because we cannot commit time to our dog and help them understand the world and what the right choices look like first. Before implementing corrections for the wrong choices. At Lake Erie Dogs, we are #PositiveFirst

Before punishing a dog for bad behaviors, there are many ways to reach the solution, sometimes even more faster and less embracive ways. Fix the communication barriers. Building fundamental skills. Give the dog confidence to overcome obstacles. Educate the average owner to understand how their dog’s thought process operates. Making sure everyone is learning and progressing, setting realistic goals. Making sure that owners can do very little things in every day life that leads to long term success. Instilling new habits in every day life that connect the owner and dogs. These are the different things we do and chat about during our one-on-one lessons with our clients.

During the free in-home evaluation we assess and interview the clients as well as evaluating the dog, to make sure we are all the right fit for each other. Also to make sure that our clients are teachable and receptive to new ideals to apply in every day life with their dog. Owners must commit and put in the hard work in order to help the dog navigate proper decision making.

 

Our Off-Leash Unlimited Program is designed to take our clients through a vigorous process of learning the fundamentals through hands-on coaching. We don’t need to learn how to work with the dog, THE OWNER DOES. That’s why the program is unlimited, so we can not only go the dogs pace but THE HUMAN’S PACE. That’s what makes a Lake Erie Dog different from the rest, their owner understands the dog and the training on a much deeper level.

#WORK4FOOD

One of the basic biological needs all living beings have on a daily basis is the need to eat food, (Food=Energy). In the wild, predatory animals, like wolves, must hunt daily for their food. For wolves the hunt is extremely fulfilling and gives the animals purpose.  Even our ancestors  had to vigorously hunt for their food in order to survive. You can go as far as to say, that humans today still must “work” as a means to acquire food to have that basic met.

Yet, the average domestic dog in modern day society have bowls filled to the brim with kibble and owners are using dog treats for doing absolutely nothing special.  If anything treats are being used as a coaxing device for the dog to come or listen, not a reward for completing the work. Food (Basic Kibble) has no value to most dogs because it is very easily accessible when in reality its their energy source, how they survive.  How would your dog respond if one day you decided to hand feed them their energy for doing various commands, that would make you pretty special, right?

In 2020, we want to make a simple proposition; lets have our dogs #work4food.  Meaning, rather than handing them a routine bowl of kibble twice a day, portion out the dog’s meal and each piece of kibble is earned by doing good behaviors or following through with commands, WORK.  Think about it, thats why we give our dogs treats, for doing things we like. By doing this there is no need for fancy treats and we can make a very simple change which will enhance their life and make you the real MVP.

 

Food is currency to dogs, so stop putting briefcases of cash on the ground, and put them to work! We guarantee you’ll reap the benefits of doing this almost instantly.  

First you have to learn how to speak dog.

We hear it endlessly, “our dog does not listen to any of our commands.” Or that “the dog needs training.” One very entertaining thing to watch is when an owner repeatedly asks the dog to sit. While the dog stares at the owner blankly without a care in the worldYour dog does not speak English, it does not verbally communicate like us humans. They are animals, Don’t forget it!

Understanding that dogs are physical communicators and humans are verbal communicators is the key to this very common struggle that dog owners have. First we must begin to work with what the dog knows. We must begin to break down the communication barrier by using physical natural language and begin showing the dog what your trying to get at. Show them how to do it first before asking them to do it, it will go a long way. Lure the dog into positions with treats, using physical touch to help put them into positions, communicate with natural body language, use the leash to apply pressure into a command. There are countless ways to SHOW the dog how to do something.

Us humans talk too much, that’s the real problem. You can say and show a dog a million things without saying a single word but we do what is natural to us and so will they. Owners usually miss the millions of things they are doing as they repeat the command, the more frustrated they get, the more physical guidance they use. The more they are showing the dog. Dissect it

 

Take your time to watch what you physically do to get your dog to take action. Use that to your advantage then find a word to associate that action. At this point all you sound like to your dog is the Charlie Brown teacher, “wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.” Training tip: Say the command once. Then show the dog physically how to help define what is being asked. The dog will then begin to associate the sounds you are making with the physical picture that is being created 💯 You need to learn dog as much as the dog needs to learn human