Dog Behaviour Consulting
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Tracy L. Wood strongly believes that dogs improve our lives through their unconditional love and devoted companionship. She loves nothing more than to see people enjoying their lives with their dogs and for dogs to be living an amazing life with their humans. Tracy has a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding dog training and behaviour that she passionately and happily shares with new and existing clients. She is devoted to the field of study of canine science and is constantly updating her knowledge with the latest research to help you improve your relationship with your dog.
When the question is asked, “why train my dog?” a lot of quick answers come to mind. To give them household manners, to prevent behaviours that might cause the dog to be surrendered to a shelter, to teach them to walk nicely on a leash, to give them social skills, etc. The problem with a lot of these quick answers is that often people work on a specific problem, they may attend an obedience class or two, but then never look at that treat pouch again. Training should be a lifelong engagement between you and your dog. Not only is this interaction between you and Fido paramount to their mental health, it helps strengthen the bond between you. It improves your dog’s life, and your own! Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and start taking agility classes or training your dog for rally-o competitions (though dog sports are great fun for you and your dog), but it does mean that you should look for daily ways to exercise your dog’s brain.
Our “enrichment” walks are definitely one way to do this. If you are interested in learning more about having a professional and trained Dog Handler give your pooch pal a walk to exercise both their legs and their brains, consider looking into our walking services.
Most of our dog’s “bad behaviour” is the result of a lack of mental stimulation. Dogs were often bred for specific tasks. They did “work” for us and are very keen on looking to us to figure out what it is that we want from them so that they might be rewarded for a job well done. When we start to ask for nothing more from them other than to be generally quiet, well-mannered and to not “embarrass” us on our walks, this can lead a dog to seek out a stimulus that makes him happy (such as digging up your flower beds, barking at windows as people pass by, pacing in the house, being unruly with your house guests, and so on.)
Dog training should not be viewed as a tedious task that you must do, but rather, a chance to bond with your dog and have some fun. It is a real joy to watch a dog slowly learn a new behaviour or task and then execute it with precision once they have mastered it.
In all my years of working with dogs and their people, I have never once heard someone say that they regretted training their dog, or regretted the time they spent teaching their dog a new behaviour. The saying is true, “if you don’t train your dog, don’t blame your dog.”
So why train your dog?
So he/she can live an amazing life!