Some people may believe that by training their dog they are forcing it to do things it doesn't want to do; while others think training their dog is all about making the dog fear them because that's the only way the dog will listen. In reality proper dog training helps you find a balanced happy relationship with your dog. One where you can both feel safe and relaxed in each others presence.
In the first scenarios listed above the dog often becomes spoiled, pottying in the house, chewing favorite items, often becoming aggressive toward others in or outside of the home, etc. This dog will continue to act this way into old age without any intervention.
In scenario two the dog is constantly being yelled at possibly even struck when it misbehaves. This may cause a seemingly "good" dog as it does listen to its owner, but mostly because it wants to avoid pain. This dog will never have a positive loving relationship with their owner, only one based in fear.
When positive training is introduced early all negative scenarios can be avoided from the start. A well trained dog behaves because it loves you and is motivated to please you, and gets rewarded with love, attention and often goodies. With positive dog training methods you can have a dog that listens to you, and one that cares for you. This makes for a great relationship between Owner/Pet Parent and Dog!
My name is Kim, I've grown up in this beautiful place we call Marquette, MI. I have always been a lover of animals and my love for them has only grown stronger with age. I love all animals from mice to cows, to pigs and frogs. Of course as dogs are the ones living most closely among us they have become my passion. I worked for a kennel for 2+ years, and I loved caring for the dogs all day. Being a kennel worker significantly benefited me while I was studying dogs however the time came to follow my calling. In April 2010 I graduated with my diploma in Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor from Penn Foster Career School, and have since begun building my experience in the field. I am currently owned (along side my husband Rick -who is also in the dog business as a groomer, and plays an active part in TacoMo as well) by 2 dogs named Rico Suave a 50lb adorable mix (His DNA came back as one parent being 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/4 Pomeranian, & 1/4 Dachshund, the other parent while not confirmed is potentially an English Shepherd which honestly makes the most sense) and Smorzy a 50% Australian Shepherd/50%Shetland Sheepdog. They are a crazy duo and are not perfect by any means but I love having the tools to control their behavior whenever I need to. I love my dogs so much that TacoMo was named after them (Rico's nickname is Taco & Smorzy's is MoMo)! You'll learn by meeting me or reading my posts that while I can be a quiet person, I can also babble on forever!