Of course, the answer to that is… Nope! However there are some pretty great people out there, and there are some really amazing dogs too. So what’s the trick?
This is my best advice.
Before you get hung up about going to puppy school and learning how to do high-fives, roly-polies and the commando crawl, ask yourself this…
Is this what my dream dog does? Is my dream dog basically a performing monkey whom I wheel out when visitors come around so they can say “Wow that’s cool, how clever is he…How did you train him to do that…” and so on and so forth.
The kicker is that in many of these cases the next thing that the dog owner has to do is warn the visitors “Now…don’t go near his food bowl when he’s eating, and careful when you pat him not to go near his head, and keep the children away from his toys..!”
It’s crazy isn’t it?
We spend so much time and effort focusing on how to do commands such as sit and stay but never even think about some of the really important stuff. And when we do it’s often too late.
Want to know why this is so?
Because most dog trainers are stuck doing what everyone else is doing…
And that’s training the sit, the down and the stay! That’s right. Its like sheep, everyone following each other and nobody asking WHY?
Think about it… has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanized) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a bit slow? Or because they had a poor stay? Of course not… nobody really cares about that stuff.
Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school! WHY?!
But… Aggression? Oh Boy.
More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling, and challenging than any other reason. Aggressive to children, owners, strangers – its all bad news.
There is nothing more dangerous than an out of control dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you let them off. Never mind the danger to themselves around cars and other dogs.
Yet so few dog trainers show you how to prevent all of this, because very few actually understand it themselves!
Most people’s real idea of a perfect dog, in no particular order, will include all of the following 5 important behaviors:
1. Calm around all other animals including dogs
2. Friendly to all people including children
3. Relaxed and obedient around the home
4. Amazing at coming when called at the park
5. A real angel when walking on the leash in public
Hhmmm… I can hear you thinking….You’ve got a point!
Let me guess your next question…
So how do we achieve it?
Inside his website is the most amazing collection of videos showing you exactly how to achieve this kind of ‘perfect’ dog. In fact Doggy Dan shows you through the video diary of 8 week old puppy Moses, guiding you through every stage of achieving all the things I’ve just mentioned.
Doggy Dan has filmed his puppy growing up for an entire year and presented a series of lessons each week that need to learned at that particular stage of the puppy’s life. So you get to watch and train your puppy at exactly the right time, making sure problems don’t manifest later on.
And once your dog is fully grown the site caters for every type of dog problem that you may face later on. In-depth sections on health, food, behaviour and training are covered as well.
Doggy Dan’s site is truly amazing with over 250 videos inside. Showing you exactly how to achieve those 5 important behaviors I mentioned earlier… and much, much more!