Behavior health that dr. Friedman often talks about! How often do we consider it in working with our animals? Behavior is there to achieve an outcome on the environment. It has a function. Can you imagine living a world where your behavior has no effect? No purpose? Serves no function, no actual effect on the environment? This would be a nightmare! We use our behavior all the time, but we often take this privilege from our animals. “he has to do it”, “he has no choice”, “I have to make him do it”, “he knows how to do it”, we hear it too often. Learned helplessness is nothing else but the situation where the individual learns his behavior has no power. No matter what you do, it will not bring you the effect it had in some other situation. Your behavior doesn’t work.
That’s why we should introduce choice and control to our animal’s life as much as we can.
The choice is empowering for our dogs. Giving dogs choice is a core of my dog training philosophy.
Because of the world we live in, we are forced to limit the choice of our companion animals to a great extent. We choose what they eat, where they live, who they meet. It’s often dictated by the safety of the animal or other members of our community. This is simply how our world functions. But because of that, I am a great advocate of giving choice in training situations. Our responsibility as trainers is to make the process of learning an experience that our dog will choose to engage in. Providing choice means allowing the animal to be a partner. Give your dog a choice, and if you are afraid he will choose not to engage in learning with you, means it is time to look more carefully into what happens during training. This course focuses on teaching our dogs that they have a choice, that their behavior has power!
You will no longer be afraid, your dog may not choose you! It’s one of the foundation courses!
During this course we will focus on: