You can't outsource your relationship troubles

When it comes to training your dog you can’t outsource everything. It's tempting to just hand over the leash to a professional but its not always that straight forward and you may not see the results you want if you aren’t changing how you live and engage with your dog once he is home.

When it comes to effective sustainable dog training, the most important factor is the relationship YOU have with your dog. When you work with your dog, you're not just teaching them commands - you're building a relationship of trust and respect and creating a common language you build together. You're showing them that you're a reliable consistent leader who they can depend on. This is a huge piece that is often missed when owners reach out for help. If you disguise relationship work with teaching commands you’re missing the point and you and your dog will be left more confused.

Now, don't get me wrong - there's nothing wrong with getting some help from a professional trainer or doing a board and train. In fact, it can be incredibly valuable to send your dog to a trainer who can create a solid foundation and help teach you the skills to maintain it. But the key is to remember that you're the one who ultimately has the most influence over your dog's behavior. You're the one who spends the most time with them day in and day out, who knows their personality and quirks inside and out. And that's what makes your relationship with them so special and powerful. You can only outsource some of the work but not the nitty gritty day to day stuff once training is “over”. The skills you learn from your trainer should be a daily practice.

So, if you're thinking about outsourcing your dog training, just remember that the relationship you set with your dog is what will truly effect the most change. Take the time to build that relationship, to show your dog that you're committed to their growth and well-being. If you’re not sure if you need a board and train or weekly sessions reach out and ask questions! I would love to help flush out any questions you may have! There are so many amazing trainers out there and we all want what is best for you and your dog. If I can’t help or you need more than what I provide I will gladly recommend other trainers who will be a better fit :)