So in my daily life, and reading forums etc, something has popped out at me that I thought might be good to put out there.
Building communication with the dog.
This one simple thing seems to me to be at the root of many many issues people have with their dogs.
Some people are able to communicate with their animals on an almost instinctive level......others seem to have real issues with this.
In my mind, learning how to communicate with the particular dog in front of you is maybe the most important part of training, eliminating bad behaviors, and just overall owning a dog.
How can you expect the dog to learn what you do or dont want, if you cant communicate in a way that the dog understands?
On the subject of training ( disclaimer I'm no trainer! ) , when I'm training my dogs, at least for me, I look at the act of training as an exercise in building communication. Getting the behaviors I want is almost a byproduct of these exercises.
Some of my dogs have been harder to communicate with than others......if I'm not getting what I want out of the dog, then its my fault for not understanding how to communicate well enough with that particular dog, and I'll change up what I'm doing.
Of coarse thats a simplified version, some dogs are stronger, tougher, will challenge your authority etc, but if we have built good communication, and built a bond with the dog, and the dog has learned we are WORTHY of its respect and obedience, then most things should iron themselves out relatively painlessly.
Thoughts from everyone else?