That’s why leaving the dog with the dog trainer doesn’t work!
Often times I come across people saying, “I’m leaving the dog with the dog trainer for a few days so that he can fix his issues.” I see this both on the internet and in real life. Whenever I come across it, I have to remind myself to take a deep breath because it upsets me!
Honestly, how can someone think that a dog trainer is some sort of mechanic who can “fix” a dog? Remember, dogs are living, breathing beings with unique personalities, emotions, and needs. Dogs are not cars with broken parts that can easily be fixed by a mechanic; in this case, a dog trainer.
Unfortunately, leaving the dog with the dog trainer to solve problems is a common misconception not just among dog owners but also other people who work with dogs. Just like there are many other misconceptions about dogs, we all have a long way to go in truly knowing how dogs are; whether we are dog owners or professionals working with dogs.
I’m writing this blog post with the intention of correcting the mistaken identity. You can’t leave your dog with the dog trainer so he can be fixed: this simply doesn’t work.
If you have issues that need addressing or you want to consider enrolling your dog in basic training classes, you have to keep in mind that you will need to be there.
You have to be there to become the guide of your dog.
You have to be there because training helps in developing the relationship with your dog.
You have to be there to discover your dog’s unique characteristics.
You have to be there because he’s your dog.
Your presence during training will give you the opportunity to see for yourself what methods are used to teach and eventually you’ll learn how to adopt them in your own home.
Next time, run as fast as you can if a professional dog training proposes that he/she can fix your dog up the way a mechanic would. Do you have experience about that? Please share it in the comment section below!