No commands, no physical cues and no training. That’s right, no training. Severus has never been “taught” how to loose leash walk, adjust to my pace, stop when I stop etc. He never had to be taught, for the same reasons he’s never had to be taught how to share, never marked anything in his life, never humped a dog in his life nor humps people. Even as an intact male. Why? There’s a mutual respect, trust and understanding between us. I lead, he follows. We’ve never used a prong, an e collar, a head collar etc. No force. You don’t need to hurt or scare a dog to be the leader. Being a leader only requires you to be confident, assertive and lead by example. Being a leader also means meeting your dog’s needs and providing structure. Structured walks, feeding time, free time, sleep time etc. Structure doesn’t mean constant training or punishment. It’s like how you’d teach a child to eat their dinner at the dinner table not the floor, or not to leave a playground you’re letting them play at. It’s an understanding of certain rules or boundaries. All dogs should have rules and “morals” that they learn and follow in all of their lives. This creates a balanced, focused, respectful and naturally well behaved dog. The goal with any dog should be to achieve one that is well behaved AND well trained. That is our goal.
*Disclaimer: This does not mean Severus is perfect by any means. He makes mistakes, he acts like a puppy and he tests boundaries from time to time. No dog is perfect. But if your shoot for the moon you at least land among the stars✨
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