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What is Holistic Dog Training?

When trying to choose a training method for your dog, you'll be flooded with options—but not many of them truly take the big picture into account. If you like the sound of understanding your dog's behaviours and addressing issues at the root, in the place where they occur, and without harsh tools, read on!

You may have heard the term ‘holistic’ before, but maybe not in the context of dog training

That's all right! Here’s what it means, and why it is beneficial for your dog.

You have to know what's causing your dog's unwanted behaviours in order to make lasting changes

A holistic approach to dog training is one that takes multiple factors into consideration while beginning basic obedience training, diagnosing a behavioural issue, or determining if a certain behaviour is problematic. These factors include the dog’s past history, their physical health, their environment, any previous training (intentional or otherwise,) and the dog’s emotional health.

It relies on interacting with a dog based on their natural instincts, and in the way they inherently know how to communicate.

By addressing all of these factors in this way, trainers can get to the root of the issue and treat it in a way that is less stressful for your dog, and more effective in the long term.

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