I am currently pursuing other adventures and not actively training
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
- Corey Ford
Methods and Beliefs
You may laugh at the above quote but the most difficult aspect of training a dog is training a person. Dogs either understand what you are asking or you need to find a new way of asking. People focus so much on verbal communication but dogs focus on body language. With subtle changes and awareness you will see an improvement in the dog without even speaking to them. Dogs pick up on subtle energy and thoughts. When you see another dog heading your way and you tense up and grip the leash tighter (all the while picturing the last time he lunged at a dog) you are giving him a very clear signal that there is something to be concerned about. You are reinforcing their reactive behaviour without even realizing it.
To properly train, you must think of yourself as part of a team. The team of human and dog must learn to communicate with each other. There must be trust and respect on both sides. Dogs have very effective communication tools such as their eyes, ears, tail, mouth and posture. Once you learn how to read and understand the signals you are well on your way to developing the best relationship possible.