Summer is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and life-time dog lover. She is currently a member of Durango Dog College, a community of like-minded positive dog trainers, and Pet Professional Guild. Her 2 dogs, Trinity and Rose, are both American Brittanys, who are high energy problem solving pups- (meaning they figure the funnest ways to get into everything!). Summer’s current certification, CPDT-KA, requires extensive education, hands-on experience and testing.
Ok, my kind, over-worked, under-appreciated and maligned Do No Harm trainers everywhere. Insert THIS in your photo program to whip out when someone says, "cookie pushers"! Mic drop. Thank you Mark Hasan Qureshi!
ARE THOSE SLEEVES TATTOOS? IS YOUR HEAD SHAVED???
IS THAT A PITBULL?? Oh no, it's a pink harness!!!
ARE YOU IN LOWES?
OMG -- IS THAT A COOKIE IN YOUR HAND?????? 😱😱😱 LOL 💟😎🦋
'It brings me back to the guy I saw today with the great dane. Did he need to push the dog's bottom to the gravel? I'm not entirely sure he did. The dog was already just standing there. I would have rewarded that on it's own. There is no reason we should be controlling and micromanaging our dog's behaviour, if they are already doing well at their job. All this does is disempower them.
So, sure teach your dog to sit, I honestly think that is a great idea as part of the learning process for your dog making good and safe choices! But remember, that the more you teach your dog to think, the less you need to think for them. Confident and self fulfilled dogs are the ones who are encouraged to think and problem solve. They are the ones who are motivated to cooperate with you. They are the ones who look to their owners with trust and respect. So whilst it is wonderful that people take their dogs for a walk and are concerned about their dog's safety, it is important for us all, me included, to ask questions and challenge this field of dog training and behaviour.
So, what does your dog do...do they sit at the curb... and more importantly, do you know why?'
- Laura Vissaritis