Education

 

Some people think that when a dogs accepts his boss as his leader, he´ll always be an obedient dog. This is a misunderstanding. Listen to and acting on commands is a kind of very unnatural bahaviour for a dog. Have uou seen dogs that do command eachother? It says more about you and the way how you trained your dog when a dog does not obey a command. Did you use a training schedule which gives the dog the time to understand what you´re expecting from him? Are the consequeces of obeying more positive then disobeying? The relation between dog and handler is important too. The dog has to accept you as his leader. But that is not enough. You have to go step by step. When the dog understands what you want and he shows that he is able to do that, you can take a next step. And, rewarding desired behaviour is always the basis for education & training.


Education

Education means that the dog has to learn that he can not do everything he wants or likes to do. Every young animal has to learn that. In a pack there are rules and those rules are important for survival. Your family is the pack of your dog. This means that you must be the leader and that you have to set and maintain some rules. If you do not show leadership, the dog will take over, because that´s how it works in nature.
The dog has to learn that not all behaviour is acceptable. He has to learn to be alone, to drive in a car, to chew on bones instead of on your furniture, to do his things outside and not in your home or on the trainingpitch. Education means to find the correct ways for the dog´s behaviour in and around your family, with other dogs, children, in traffic, etc. Stumilate desired behaviour and correct undesired behaviour.


Training

Training always has to do with learning new behaviour and performing this behaviour on command. Heeling, sit, down, jump, out, here, etc. our important commands to us, but they say absolutely nothing to the dog. Training is the art of getting your dog so far that he will perform these useless circus acts.