Training but still having behavioral problems? Teaching your dog rules and commands is one thing, but understanding your dog is another. As a dog trainer, I frequently find that when clients come to me with difficult dogs, they tend to think of their dogs like tiny humans, and while it seems intuitive to do so — after all, dogs are members of our family — it actually creates a disconnect in the human-dog relationship. In reality, dogs are dogs, not people, and it’s unfair to our dogs for us to expect them to think or behave otherwise.
For dogs with behavioral issues like aggression/reactivity, separation anxiety, biting, or even house-training issues, you need to get to the root of the problem, and to do so, you need to understand how dogs see the world. Since dogs don’t have the capability to see the world from our perspective, it’s up to you to see the world from theirs. In this episode of The Dog Savant Podcast, Brett discuses the importance of seeing dogs as dogs and tells you how to use that new perspective to help you train your dog and resolve behavioral problems.