I wanted to stop and write a quick article today about something I heard this morning. It was before I’d had my second cup of morning coffee and after the obligatory “post toast” crumb inspection given me by my dogs. I’d like to talk about the perfect dog.
With the TV on for background noise this morning, I listened to a tiny bit of an infomercial telling me how I could have the perfect dog. I listened just long enough to learn that by using this “system”, I would see the change in my dog in just minutes and that by following their system I could train my dog to be the perfect dog.
“F@*! you!” was the resounding response that my dogs and I gave the TV as I switched the channel to something just a tiny bit less offensive like the morning debate about the debt ceiling.
Now to be fair, I have not seen nor used the system that this guy is peddling, but frankly I don’t need to. Anyone trying to tell me that behavioral changes like aggression or fear can be changed in minutes isn’t dealing with reality as far as I am concerned. They are snake oil salesman.
I see systems like this advertised all the time. By giving them money for their system or book, they will reveal to me the “SECRET” to a perfect dog. Well, guess what assholes? I have four perfect dogs.
They bark too much, they beg too much, they don’t listen all the time, and they muck up the house all the time especially after Jackie or I have cleaned it. And to us, they ARE perfect! We know that if our dogs are doing something that we don’t want them to do; the secret is that we haven’t taught them not to do it!
We don’t need some bloody kit with choke chains or prong collars or leash corrections or alpha roll instructions or space claiming methods to create the perfect dog. We need to get off our asses and put in the time, patience, and thought needed to bring about real change using positive rewards based training.
Learning about positive rewards based training doesn’t mean that you will get the perfect dog that these TV and Internet ads promise, especially in the amount of time they promise it in. However, it IS the best way to train your dog and bond with them in a way that will seem perfect to them.