Originally Posted by Aurora_Bell
I would also like to know how many and what breeds you work with Maria?
I've owned 10 dogs in my life. Five of which were pit bulls. I currently own only one dog. A rescue which the pound said was a german shepherd/lab mix, but which physically is identical to a Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog.
I can honestly say with 100% assurance that Shaz has no mis-conseptiopn of dogs.
Good for Shaz.
Remember when you are watching Caesar or Brad, these are condensed shows. These dogs aren't cured in a half hour like the show portrays. These dogs can take weeks, months, even years to obtain the end result.
You and others keep bringing up Cesar as though I've only and always used Cesar's techniques. It is true today because I have proven the methods at home.
However, I first began using the Koehler Method of Natural Guard dog training. Anyone who has studied Koehler's methods will possibly see the resemblance with what I call the power walk. I was quite satisfied with the results using that method. But I also love Sea World. And I began to wonder how they trained even THEIR CATS to be so obedient.
I began to study positive reinforcement training. Including clicker training which I couldn't grasp at all. Failed totally with the clicker.
But positive reinforcement worked pretty well and although Koehler condemns the idea of training your dog to work for rewards, I combined positive reinforcement with Koehler methods. I felt as though the results were even better.
Then I heard about dog psychology about ten years ago. I read a book by a woman whose name escapes me, but the title of the book was something like, "Become your dog's pack leader". The title intrigued me. So I read as much as I could on the subject. I realized that much of what was being taught was already in the Koehler method and a small amount was already part of the positive reinforcement method. And even though I had no behavioral problems to correct, I began to apply those methods. They seemed to work. But I had no point of reference to compare. As far as I was aware, my dogs had no problems to resolve. But the dog psychology did no harm.
Along came Cesar.
Although I had heard of Cesar's existence many years ago. He was an enigma. I knew there was this child who seemingly could communicate with dogs and who had come to the US to take care of dogs for celebrities, but I had not heard of any of his methods until about three years ago.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The first time I saw Cesar's show I was astounded. Here I could see what I had only been reading about put into action. I learned what I was doing well and what I was doing wrong and I learned to read my dog's body language and attitudes.
I learned that I was giving my dog mixed signals by my behavior. And I considered myself a fairly knowledgeable dog person. In fact, in the years I've had this dog, I had only one issue which I couldn't resolve.
Anxiety and trembling at the sound of thunder.
Thanks to God, Cesar had a show with a dog exhibiting the exact same behaviour. And he said all we need to do is to quit reassuring the dog verbally and physically (stroking) when he is exhibiting this behavior.
That is exactly what we had been doing. Since we felt sorry for the dog, whenever he became anxious and fearful, we coocooed him and stroked him. But if anything, the behaviour seemed to be getting worse.
So, we talked about it and applied Cesar's method. When the next storm came around, the dog came to me trembling and whining, I got up and walked away. My wife and children did the same. So the dog simply laid down and trembled by himself. We don't know when it happened exactly, but soon the dog got up and walked to the living room where we were seated and curled up at our feet. No more trembling or whining.
And that behaviour has not been seen again.
So, Cesar has made a believer out of me.