Its the HOW do I?…not the What or Who that is important when considering buying a dog.
The first questions I see from people thinking about getting a dog is …What is the best bed? What is the best lead? What is the best bowl? What is the best shampoo? What should I buy for Christmas presents? What should their trim look like? What should I call them?
None of this is important…dogs are animals, its the relationship with their new family that is important to them.
Prospective owners who want a dog to join their family plan… Who is going to do the feeding? Who is going to do the walking? Who is going to do the training? Who is going to do the poop scooping?
They don’t ask themselves How should we do this….until they are faced with mounting problems.
Then they circle back to the beginning and ask …What can I buy to fix this?
Its HOW the humans behave with the dog that is important .
Learn as much as possible about why dogs behave like dogs. Then learn how to behave so that the dog understands. This is why I recommend reading The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell and then watching her DVD The Dog Listener which teaches the method. Then if you need extra help, contact me. I have been trained by Jan to coach owners through the process, making sure they get all the details correct. When adopted by the family it solves all issues with the dog.
Now I get all my new puppy owners to do a Canine Communication Course with me and I then provide behavioural back up for the life of the dog they have bought from me. This means they live successfully with their dog which is one of the many criteria of a responsible breeder.