The issue of response and influence is so critical that people really need to get informed when it comes to training. So many trainers are totally unaware of this issue that they are making assumptions regarding response which are not always true. Just because a dog responds and scores an A + for doing the sit, down, stay and come does not always mean that relational change has actually happened. Take that dog out on the street with a leash and bring it under "reasonable" influence via leadership and assess how it responds. If the classroom does not align with the street than relational change has not happened. No excuses, end of story. If the classroom and the street do not line up you are likely standing in front of a food trainer who doesn't know Jack.
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.