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Chihuahuas wear their emotions on their sleeves and, by doing so, they're excellent at communicating their emotional state. They are extremely beneficial to other young puppies because of their clarity at setting boundaries, moving on and not holding a grudge. They are brilliant learners, love to train, cuddle, and make excellent trick dogs. So when we have a breed in front of us that makes it super easy to understand them, why do we act like it's a problem? These are human issues, NOT breed issues.
Once upon a time, an American Psychologist by the name of Edward Thorndike was credited with the development of The Law of Effect. The law of effect applies to every species on our planet and is occurring with all beings both through natural and artificial processes.
The state of dog training, with all the advancements in the field still has an element missing that is creating welfare implications and unattainable expectations for our dogs and ourselves. How did we get here? Let's explore.
Why are private dog training sessions so expensive? You might be surprised to learn that it's all really expensive for us trainers too! I think this question comes up because on the surface, only the hour of time spent with the client is considered, and it's hard to grasp the behind the scenes expense of it, so in an exercise in transparency, I thought it might be helpful to dissect it a bit. After, I'll provide tips on how to keep costs as minimal as possible.
The hallmark of any good professional is knowing his/her limitations. I sometimes get asked about medical issues with dogs. "Is this bump weird?" "Does it look like this dog is limping?" "What should I do?" I can confirm, yes, xyx looks weird, but I immediately refer to a vet. I do this because I am not a vet, and I'm not trained in medicine, my schooling is in behavior. While we're talking about behavior, some behaviors need pharmacological support.
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