When reading training forums I often read about training issues described in several different terms - "stubborn", "parading", "hard head", "must submit", "conflict of wills", "funny business", "blown off", "testing limits" and "wants to be in control" coupled with emotional, frustration and a desire to fix things. Then I think back to a time when a pro friend of mine explained those issues in a blunt opinion....."It's not the dog."

I spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out what I must do differently to teach and condition the proper responses. I never seem to accomplish much by wanting and expecting things to magically fall right into place unless it is presented correctly.....for the dog in question.

"Show me what you want me to do and give me a good reason for doing so" seems simple...but it is not. Therefore, the trainer is required to alter the presentation. There is no easy answer to this. However, an approach based on issues revealing an out of balance dog my prove useful. Much of it requires changing the trainer. The following links describe an approach. Restoring balance is not a quick fix.

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