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I’m a firm believer in using Positive Reinforcement Training methods.  However, way back when (as they say), I originally learned to train in what is now considered to be the old fashioned way, or traditional method, where the dog learned to “obey” or else it faced some sort of punishment – usually a jerk on a choke chain or pinch collar.  Basically, you “asked” the dog to do something, such as heel, and when it tried to explore or do anything other than walk right at  your side, you would give a quick jerk of the choke chain or pinch collar to let them know they’d made a “wrong choice”.  It didn’t matter that the dog had zero idea what “heel” meant in the first place.  The idea was that the dog would eventually figure out how to not get it’s neck jerked or pinched by doing what you wanted.

Thankfully, people have since learned that there are much better ways to train dogs.  Dogs naturally want to please us and will, provided we use a little bit of our intelligence and figure out the best way to teach them what it is we’re wanting them to learn in the first place.  A dog that is motivated to learn will enjoy the process so much more and therefore be much more reliable.  Plus, it’s just a lot more fun for even us humans when everyone, including the dog,  is having a good time.  🙂

I, and my dogs, are so very grateful to be using the updated Positive Reinforcement Training methods these days and no longer using tired old methods that don’t work as well and certainly do not lend to anyone’s enjoyment.

I hope you enjoy the time you spend here with me and all my furries!  Please be patient as I work to get this blog to where I want it to be.  I’m still not totally sure about the theme, never mind everything else there is to work on with one!  But hang out…. it could be fun 🙂

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About D. Smith

First, I'm a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grew up in the faith, but didn't truly recognize the treasure that He is until later in life. Also, I'm happily married with four children, six dogs, and one cat. Why, yes.. I did say six dogs. I know that blows many people's minds. Let me blow it a little more by letting you in on the fact that four of the six are Great Danes! Yes, I did say Great Danes. Yes, they are big, and yes they do live in the house, and yes they can eat a lot :) And most of all.... yes we are a little nutty, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Great Danes are AWESOME! The other two dogs are an Australian Shepherd and a Border Collie mix - just in case you were wondering.... :) Now that I know what it really means to follow Him who first loved me, I cherish and rejoice in who He is. I long to show others this truth so that they may also come to full understanding of what His love really means for their life. In addition to being a Christ follower, I'm also a dog trainer. Dogs just have a way of getting right up close to your heart and sharing your life in ways that not all people can. Perhaps God created dogs to show us humans how to love unconditionally in addition to being our helpers. I decided last year to go back to school in order to get my Christian counseling degree. Later, once I've graduated, I also plan to use my skill as a dog trainer to help people train their own Service Dogs for issues such as mental illness, autism, pain related illnesses, and other similar issues, along with offering counseling services for them as well. I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord will move in my life from this point forward! With God, all things are possible!

2 responses »

  1. Dnea, your killing me! LOL. I see a Dane coming into my life in the near future. :)) (hopefully)

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