At DogRelations we specialize in teaching dogs and puppies to choose the behaviors you’d like your dog to display because it pays off for both of you. That way the process is always fun and interesting.
Basic skills such as “sit” “come” and “stay or settle” really are only useful when they can be integrated into your interactions throughout the day. In other words “sit” is not a trick that your dog performs but is an offered behavior. Teaching your dogs to take cues from the environment and your body language is far more useful than having to remind or nag your dog all the time.
DogCognition research has taught us that dogs learn very well socially, respond to pointing and eye movements. Strategic placement and timing of rewards allow the dog to find an understanding of what is being communicated to them on their own. By allowing the dog to figure out on their own what is being communicated not only builds self-confidence in the dog but truly motivates them to find what works the most in their favor.
Science has proven that rewarded (or reinforced) behaviors increase in frequency. With that in mind we can choose which behaviors we, the humans want to reinforce. Those behaviors might not be what your dog innately offers: jumping up, using their mouth to experiment and explore and other natural canine quirks we humans might consider a nuisance) but they can be redirected into behaviors we consider more acceptable by teaching and rewarding replacement behaviors that the dog will gladly offer.
Really, is there anything is more rewarding than having clear and loving communication with your puppy?
A former professional violinist from Vienna, Weiss got into dog training accidentally, through owning dogs, including an Irish wolfhound named Salome (after the Strauss opera), whose size, beauty, and manners had made her a bit of a neighborhood celebrity along the walking paths of the West Village.
Pet Professional Guild (Association of Force Free Pet Professionals)
APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
FULLY INSURED AND BONDED.
Certified in Canine First Aid by the American Red Cross.
Elisabeth Weiss, founder and director of DogRelations™ is a dog behavior counselor living in New York City.
Her goal is to address the needs of our canine companions and enable humans to make their interactions with dogs clear, easy and more satisfying for both dogs and humans.
Elisabeth’s belief is that every dog is a unique individual and that the training process needs to be tailored to each specific circumstance accordingly.
Elisabeth is committed to using common sense and affirmative training methods to educate dogs. New York’s Thoughtful, Individualized and Effective Dog Training and Counseling Services