One of the popular training approaches which follows off the popularity of Cesar Millan is using a pack of dogs to help bring other dogs into a state of balance. From first appearances this picture of dogs all intermingling seems to represent that meaningful change is moving forward and this is the problem.
Like the issue of response when operating outside the parameters of how a dog's decision making process is governed relationally this is where appearances can get us into serious trouble. The problem is that is looks fantastic and makes for a great marketing tool for many trainers who surround themselves with dogs. This is where marketing, appearances and reality do always align when you begin to see training for what it really represents and that is an intervention. While using other dogs within the script of creating relational change is part of the process the focus needs to be on the human as the central pivot point.
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.