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Interesting discussion on "What is a good trainer?"

My Canine Academy group has in interesting thread going about "What is a good trainer?"

I loved this response comparing dogs to kids. Wouldn't you love to have her as your child's teacher!?

"....This is a fascinating discussion, because the same question Adminses in my work as a teacher of struggling students. Parents--and educators--try to fit kids into a "box" that we label "good kid" A "good kid" gets decent grades, has excellent motivation and study habits, follows the rules, has good social relationships, and participates successfully with others in sports, dance, etc... If for some reason the kid doesn't fit this box, parents (and teachers) either think they are failing in some way, or that there is something that needs to be "fixed" in their kid. There can be a lot of frustration and angst on all sides.
After many years, I've come to the conclusion that each child is a unique and wonderful individual. They won't necessarily fit in our "box". What we do is stretch and adjust the box, and give them some tools to fit in it in order to function successfully in society. But we acknowledge and celebrate their unique qualities--they are not disabled, just different!
I think its' the same with dogs--they have to learn some basic skills to live successfully with humans, but they don't necessarily have to fit in our "good dog" box. Maybe they don't like being around other dogs--ok accept that. Maybe they have too much of the "explorer" in them to be trusted off leash (my guy)--ok long lines!
I think acknowledging the unique qualities of the individual, accepting them, and working with them on their own terms is the mark of a good teacher... and a good trainer..."

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luvwinnie's picture

I love this! Hooch has taught us this definitely. After much

research and just LIVING with a dog who doesn't fit into that neat box, I now know, for example, that a dog with fear aggression doesn't mean BAD DOG...and that so much that many people would just give up on CAN be worked on. We shouldn't give up on people OR DOGS too easily.

MarsHillBulldogs's picture

Ain't that the truth?!?

yes, very true AND

congrats on your masters!

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Thanks for posting that.

Lynn King CPDT

Great Perspective

I agree with dogs and humans. I wish I had teachers like that. I'm not getting into it too much, but growing up I was told by educators I wouldn't make it past 7th grade to take notes and write without a typewriter and extra help (I was born with spina bifida) and all sorts of other stuff from not concentrating to other physical abilities. I am blessed to have parents who believe in can do, not can not, so I made it through my USC masters program with nothing but my notes in class with no problems. I have more trouble typing than writing, f'n numbnuts. I know you mean more behavior wise, but I love your post because that is the way to be in ALL facets of life.

My Tiger


it sure can apply to rescue as well..

people want to adopt that perfect little bulldog and most of the dogs we get are not good "box" dogs. However, they are each wonderful and lovable in their own way. We just need the magic pill to give the people coming to look at them to make them fall in love and take the leap.

We need to convince people that 7 is the new 5 in bulldog years! wink.gif

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I love it... great perspective

I'm stealing it and also hanging it on my wall happy.gif


Nelia, Zathrus, Alvin and Gigi
Seattle, WA

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I'll second that!! From an owner who's rescue is very anti-box!!

besides, boxes are for whimps!

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