Guidance creates breakthroughs, negotiations create stress.
Remember, that which can be resisted will usually be resisted. When we create a non-negotiable moment we help dogs who are stuck break through mental obstacles. When we negotiate, or create moments of possible resistance we escalate stress and actually marshal more resistance.
This doesn’t mean that forcing your dog to “be successful” is the way. Far from it. But being mentally aware of the dynamics at play in regards to helping dogs breakthrough are essential to successful training and rehab work.
In the long run, too many options, debatable decisions, negotiable moments, and the ability to push back creates stressed out, unsure, bratty and uncomfortable dogs, who debate, negotiate, and push back.
It’s an uncomfortable place for them and an uncomfortable place for you.
– Sean O’Shea