Why being a role model for your reactive dog is better than being their trainer

Sassy and soulful Kathy Kawalec wants you to have the best relationship possible with your dog and she is here to help! Kathy appreciates her followers by answering their questions, providing goodies, and giving personal on-air thanks!

She wants all dog trainers, dog enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about having a great relationship with their dog to build a deep, meaningful partnership because she believes that dogs connect us to what matters most to us.

In This Episode, Kathy answers the questions: What is the best way to rehab a reactive dog? What is the difference between conventional positive dog training and the partnership approach?

Kathy explains that the look and dismiss method is not a bad method and does work to support a reactive dog, as do similar positive training methods; however she prefers the Role Model or Partnership Method because it hinges on the trust between the human and the dog.

If we put ourselves in a position that helps our reactive dog to feel safe, the dogs understand that they can trust us and will look to us to demonstrate how to best respond to this situation. Our dogs will then learn from us while gaining a sense of empowerment that leads to greater calm and better decision making in the future.

In This Episode

  • Why is the partnership approach best?
  • Role Modeling – we are allowing a reactive situation to develop or sustain if we are joining with the dog and supporting the focus on the trigger and thus empowering it.
  • With partnership, we are showing the dog that the trigger has no importance to me or you (dog) and it isn’t worth more than a casual awareness.

Quotes

“We’re seeing a lot of reactivity in dogs in recent years”

“What we focus on us what we grow”

“I believe that our dogs connect us to the heart and soul of what really matters in life!”

“I believe the partnership approach is the enlightened approach.”

“When we put ourselves in a position that helps our reactive dogs to feel safe, the dogs understand that they can trust us and will look to us to demonstrate how to best respond to this situation.”

“Our dogs will learn from us while gaining a sense of empowerment that leads to greater calm and better decision making in the future.”

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