Timing & Attitude
Timing in communication is the most important aspect of animal training. Attitude is the second most important. Your body language, facial expression, voice and actions all communicate your attitude and intent. As humans, our communication is 93 percent body language and inflection. Only 7 percent of all communication is actual verbiage. Your body language is a flashing, neon billboard displaying your true emotional state. You cannot fake this and, if you try, your body language will display your uncertainty.
When interacting with and teaching our dogs, it is of the utmost importance that we become aware of our true intent towards our dogs and the lessons we wish to teach. If you are stressed, anxious or angry when communicating to your dog, you’re setting up a barrier between yourself and your student. These emotions set a tone that something is wrong and will only serve to put your dog on the defensive. He/she will then be worried about dangers that may occur. If your communication is challenging or threatening, your dog will either take the challenge, or retreat and try to protect himself/herself.
Remember, leaders empower success.
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“Linda is amazing, both as a trainer and a person. Her knowledge base is unrivaled, as is her ability to translate this knowledge into helpful, usable suggestions for her clients. Her training classes not only support her clients, but also their dogs. Her classes enrich and strengthen the vital trust relationship between dog and owner. This step is missed by many less-experienced trainers. Dogs walk away from her classes with a stronger sense of self control, and composure. Clients walk away from her classes with a better understanding of their beloved canine companions, and a more fulfilling, comfortable relationship with their dogs.”
– Amy Fellner, Certified Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Behavior Technician