The shifting sands of what defines control and change for the dog owner goes deeper than what is seen from the surface or appearance of things. What is seen via the physical by way of response must be put into proper relational context to assess if meaningful change is actually happening. Often dog owners and even trainers assume that relational change must be happening if the dog is responding and going through the motions of various routines. This simply isn't always the case. Those who approach training as a learning based exercise run a high risk of being deceived. The issue of what I define as physical response and relational disconnect is a very real problem. Physical response does not always represent a like minded state the way it is being defined by many. Within the learning based model a fail rate of greater than 50 percent is the norm. Those who fail never get a sense of failure until they leave the controlled training environment and return home with their dog to discover that nothing has changed.
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.