How can the behavior consultant help? In matters of behavior, dog owners should seek out only those consultants qualified through appropriate education and training. Animal behavior problems can be complicated along with recognizing the unique characteristics of each individual animal and family. The skilled behavior consultant will embrace not only scientific knowledge but will have sufficient education in dog behavior consulting as exemplified by cynopraxic modalities. The cynopraxic trainer-consultant will not only acknowledge the necessity of play, esthetic appreciation, emotional empathy, compassion and ethical restraint but will characterize qualities that mediate connectedness, facilitate the bonding process, support behavioral healing, composure, sincerity of purpose, presence and a certain amount of playfulness (Lindsay, 2001). In conclusion, “the ability to train dogs is an art that depends on a trainer’s ability to play and a dog’s ability to play in turn…where there is no play, there is no relationship or meaning.” Play facilitates “portals of affection and trust” and “humane dog training is playing with a purpose” and as “Heine Hediger (1955/1968) said, ‘Good training is disciplined play’ Lindsay (2001).
January 23, 2011 Joyce Kesling, CDBC, Professional Dog Trainer I had to share this with many of you, I know many will more than appreciate what he says. I feel exactly the same way, but he says it so elegantly. I have referred to these types of individuals as "predators" taking advantage of others, who either lack understanding or as he suggests the needs of the individual, not the pet. The client who wants instant, off-leash control of a potentially dangerous dog doesn’t only want to have his cake and eat it, too. He is violating the laws of most communities and adding fuel to the forces who want to outlaw dog ownership in many cities. His viewpoint is not only dangerous to himself and others, (including the dog), but is awash in irresponsibility.
Responsible Dog and Cat offers dog training and behavior solutions, using pet friendly training methods. All services further the human-dog bond. Joyce Kesling, CDBC is a certified dog behavior consultant and professional dog trainer. All services further the human-dog bond. Joyce Kesling, CDBC is a certified dog behavior consultant and professional dog trainer. To view my resume and how behavior and training problems are assessed visit http://www.responsibledog.net. Behavior problems include jumping, barking, chewing, digging, housetraining, socialization and play behavior. More complex behavior aggression, anxieties, fears, phobias, sibling rivalry requires a behavioral assessment, history, and observation. Read how dog training is assessed from complex problem solving clicking here.
"Play facilitates “portals of affection and trust” and “humane dog training is playing with a purpose”
Why was I so successful? I was consistent providing clear rules and consequences for her behavior. I concentrated on rewarding what she was doing right while ignoring or managing undesirable behavior until my strategies and/or replacement behavior paid off. If something wasn’t working, I changed/adapted according to the situation/context.