Your Dog Is Your Mirror

Canine Culture

My huMom is looking for a new copy of a book she read by dog trainer Kevin Behan called, “Your Dog Is Your mirror”. She found it a fascinating read & I thought why not bark out about it.

The premise of the book is that a good dog doesn’t respond to its owner based on what the owner is thinking or even saying. Behan believes dogs respond to what the owner feels. In a way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Kevin’s theories challenges the reader to examine a dog’s behavior as an emotional reflection of its owner, potentially revealing unresolved issues.

Kevin grew up training dogs alongside his father, John Behan , who was an early professional dog trainer. Kevin has worked with thousands of dogs & through this experience he developed his theories about the connection between us dogs & you humans.

Have you sniffed out this book? If so I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Have a wooftastic weekend.

CEO Olivia

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Bad Trainers, the Warning Signs


Dog Trainer Teaching Dogs

You want to find a professional dog trainer. Fair enough, there are many out there. But can you tell the good from the bad? Like anything there is a good way & a bad way to train a dog. It’s very important to do your due diligence before choosing a school or trainer.

Although there are many dog training organizations, schools & associations, dog training is unregulated. Anyone can claim to be a dog trainer regardless of their experience. This lack of regulation leaves the door open for people who practice outdated or dangerous dog training methods.

Let’s look at some red flags that may warn you to move on & keep looking. It’s a sad truth but there are trainers out there that shouldn’t be allowed near a dog.

Do they talk about the “pack leader”?  For many, this may seem like a strange thing to consider a problem, but the fact is that the use of this phrase reveals a lack of understanding about dog behavior. Of course we should provide leadership to our dogs, but those who still use this phrase in dog training are almost always traditional, old-school trainers, who train through intimidation, dominance & punishment.

Do they suggest your dog is too dominant? it is commonly used by bad trainers as a catch-all of nearly every behavior problem imaginable. The truth is quite different & a misdiagnosis of ‘dominance’ as your dog’s problem almost inevitably leads to an incorrect approach that causes more harm than good.

Do they recommend or use shock, prong or choke collars? Keep looking, these devices are painful & cruel.

Other warning signs could be a lack of interest in your dog’s history. No references offered or if they supply references, they all seem too perfect. The most important thing you can do is ask lots of questions. Inquire about the methods used. Make sure they have insurance. See how knowledgeable the potential trainer is & if you aren’t satisfied, keep looking.

CEO Olivia