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Any trainer that claims that their method is better than another's should change careers. What they are really saying is that they don’t know how to implement the other methods, nor do they understand the other techniques.

These people are not professional trainers, they pretend to be.

Not all dogs are created the same, sometimes it is necessary to combine many different methods to get the desired results. The trainer should understand and apply all methods available towards any individual dog.
The professional trainer has to decide upon the evaluation of the dog, to which method would be best.
All training methods should be based according to the character & temperament of the dog, as well as any issues behaviors that need to be addressed prior to which method would be best suitable.

The truly professional trainer will, incorporate a number of techniques to enhance the training during the training classes. The trainer also has to conform to the comfort zone of the owners of the pet and make them feel comfortable with the methods they will be incorporating.

If a trainer or training school speaks negatively of another trainer/school they are, in fact, revealing their own insecurity regarding their abilities and are attempting to justify their methods. In other words, they’re trying to make the sale!
Across the globe there are trainers using a wide variety of technique.

Here are some of the methods & equipment used: (All have Pros & Cons)

- Cookie training (based on treats)
- Clicker training (based on treats)
- Tap training (touch / treat / voice / collar)
- Whistle training (based on treats and corrections)
- Silent Whistle training (based on treats and corrections)
- Collar training (based on treat and collar corrections)
- Halti Training (based on treats)
- Harness Training (based on treats)
- Promise collar Training (based on treats)
- Choker training (nylon, cord, chain, martingale, etc...)
- Pinch Collars (aka prong collar)
- Vibrating collar (attention drive)
- E-Collar (Electronic collars come in a variety of models, depending upon what you need it for)
- Throw chain
( **This evolved many moons ago from a method where a fake arm was thrown near the dog or at the dog to startle it and get its attention.**)
Now they use a chain which is first shaken to create noise, then thrown at the dog if it doesn’t listen. (Unfortunately this technique has been used out of contents and therefore created unwanted behaviors mostly fear based) If used in the proper way the technique is effective. (But not using a chain)

Apologies if any techniques have been omitted.  These are the most popular.

Each method has positive and negative results, it depends entirely upon the way it is used and applied.

Executive Dog Trainings methods; upon evaluation, we will choose the best method and tailor a course that will be suitable for your dog, based on its character and temperament.
A combination of several methods will be used in training.
We advocate balance in training.
We praise when the dog does well and we correct the dog when it doesn't.
Leadership means you are the Alpha (In charge).

Dogs, wolves, humans we all have the same principles.
We all have a family structure; in dogs it’s called a "pack"

 


Harry Kalajian
M.D.T.  With over 32 years experience
All Aspect of training, Behaviorist, Ethologist & Psychologist
Executive Dog Training Inc.
941-447-8234
www.executivedogtraining.com

 

 

 

 

 

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