I have been training dogs for nearly twenty years. Having originally taken on rescue dogs with emotional and psychological issues I really struggled to find someone who could help me work through their specific problems, ranging from sheer terror and lead reactivity to food aggression and bed guarding.
In order to help my dogs, I have researched and learned many differenttraining methods, as I am constantly looking for positive ways to make a difference to their lives. On my journey I discovered TellingtonTTouch. It took me three years to qualify as a Practitioner and all my animals have benefitted greatly from this wonderful way to mentally and physically engage with all companion animals, without any conflict or confrontation.
The beauty of the methods I have discovered, and now use, is that they all involve a non-confrontational approach and no acts of strength or violence are required in order "to show your dog who is boss!" The idea that a dog is constantly challenging for leadership rights over their family, is starting to be dismissed. However, I do believe that dogs need consistency, guidelines and rules, but it is how they are taught to respect these that is the key to building a successful and trusting relationship between them and their owners.