You may have heard the term ‘holistic’ before, but have you heard of holistic dog training? Here’s the lowdown on what holistic dog training is and why it’s good for your dog.
Holistic approach to dog training
A holistic approach to dog training is one that takes several factors into consideration when diagnosing a behavioural problem or beginning training. Holistic training is ‘all natural,’ meaning it relies on interacting with a dog based on its natural instincts and the way they communicate.
In holistic training, trainers look at multiple factors to determine if a behaviour is problematic. These factors include the dog’s past history, its physical health, its environment, any previous training (intentional or otherwise), and the dog’s emotional health. By addressing all of these factors, trainers can get to the root of the problem and treat it in a way that is less stressful for your dog.
Why it’s important
Forcing a dog to drop or adopt a behaviour without understanding why the negative behaviour is occurring is counterproductive. If you can’t eliminate the cause of the problematic behaviour, any changes you make in your dog’s behaviour will only be temporary. You’ll have a confused, stressed dog that’s unhappy and unhealthy if you don’t address the ‘big picture.’
Happy, relaxed dogs behave better and learn better, too. If your dog is misbehaving, you may know that there’s a problem, but you may not know why the problematic behaviour is occurring. By looking at your dog’s natural instincts and comparing them to its environment and history, a holistic trainer can help you correct the unwanted behaviour in a way that’s natural for your pet.
Understanding your dog and his behaviours will not only help you get your pet to behave in a desired way, it will help you grow closer to your dog, too. You’ll both be happier, and your dog can relax because he will understand your expectations of him.
For more information on the holistic approach to dog training, visit Bark Busters and speak with one of the knowledgeable trainers. They’ll help you develop a training plan that you and your dog will both benefit from.
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