To understand dogs as the relational beings they really are is to know that dog training is really an intervention. It is understanding the relational bridge which needs to be built based on where the owner is standing within the pack relationship. The ability to see where the owner is standing comes from the ability to connect all the relational dots including behavior and connect the final dot to the dog's decision making process. It is knowing that the dog has already pegged the owner as weak based on how they are thinking and connecting relationally with their dog. Treats, clickers, retractable leashes all follow the path of this thinking therefore are very problematic when it comes to bringing the owner into right relationship with their dog. Relationally this is why response can become disconnected as it aligns with the learning script and fool many into thinking meaningful change is advancing when in reality it isn't. Insight into how a dog's decision making process responds and is influenced within the parameters of the relational script comes from surrendering how one thinks. The confidence in the ability to come out on the other side regardless of the situation follows this path. It is the most difficult and rewarding at the same time.
Dale McCluskey is a published author with 20 years experience in the dog training field including numerous awards, distinctions and achievements. Dale uses a one of a kind relational approach which offers hope for all dogs and owners.