We see a lot of dogs at Acme, many of them pretty ornery. While they are here, we teach them using distractions in order to give them the tools to handle various situations (other dogs, people, being handled, new environments, etc). They learn to look to us for guidance through the use of commands. A command gives them something to think about rather than their previously typical knee jerk reaction of barking and growling. They learn that sit means sit quietly and place mat means to remain on their blanket quietly and heel means to be attentive to the handler. We use commands as tools to help them focus in situations which were previously tough for them.
Lack of confidence and self-control in dogs tends to develop into many of the unwanted behaviors. Through distraction training the dogs learn self-control and confidence. “Self-control” meaning they can control their actions on their own. Confidence is the result which leads to less of a need to bark or set off on someone or something.
We instill good patterns of behavior in these dogs. With practice and consistency at home, the owners should be able to help their dogs become a much better members of society.
Distraction training is very important but so is structure, guidance, and leadership. That’s how you gain respect from a dog. Once you establish yourself as a leader the dog will follow in step.
It’s not being mean to enforce commands rather it’s helping the dog learn what his boundaries are so he has the self-control when he faces situations where he feels he should growl.