The concept of teaching our dogs to make choices or even encouraging our dogs make choices is uncommon for many dog owners.
Like many of my clients, my experience with dogs was with the philosophy that you had to teach the dog who was in control. With this strong human history of punishing dogs into submission, it's understandable while we are not quite used to letting or dogs make choices much less encouraging our dogs to make choices. Unfortunately it is the human dominance model that as prevented many dogs from learning how to cope with environmental changes to learning how to make choices that may or may not impact their life. Most of the fearful, aggressive, and overly excitable dogs struggle with confidence which includes the ability to make choices.
It's not the exact choices that we give our dogs that impact their behavior. Agency, or the perception of how much freedom you have to make choices, is the key to choices effecting confidence and thus impact behavior. In this webinar we will be taking a look at the whole dog including!
- How the dog's choices change the environment or the distractions in the environment.
- How the dog's choices impact their feeling of agency or perception of control over the environment.
- How the dog's choices impact their confidence to try to new things and their resiliency or ability to recover from triggers or other perceived threats in the environment.
- How the dog's choices can impact their health physically as much as emotionally.
- How the dog's choices can lead to the dog choosing to do the behaviors we love vs the behaviors that drive us crazy!