The Thinking Dog System™ – where professional behavior therapy and obedience meets sound information and education. This proven approach for developing dogs and their owners relies on a balanced curriculum of lifestyle adjustments, communication techniques, the Brownhill Basics of obedience exercises and nutrition. These components, feature adjustments that allow them to be tailored to the individual dog, based on age, behavior, etc. Together, these building blocks all work together to form a complete learning system for life.
Life Style adjustment: Training is not “On then Off”. How you live with your dog on a daily basis teaches and sculpts behavior, which says that training needs to be a lifestyle for continuity of behavior. Making sure our daily lifestyles with our dogs are clearly communicating what we intend is critical to maintaining a properly balanced relationship. Our daily interactions and transactions need to send clear and consistent messages that foster humans as strong, confident, capable leaders. This allows the dog to believe in, trust and follow as a willing member of the team.
Communication: Our unique approach to communication allows for dogs to quickly and efficiently understand what we are asking of them when teaching. This is accomplished by bridging the communication gap between humans and dogs with a specific language, which actually allows for two-way communication to take place. This also minimizes the stresses of most conventional approaches and creates a positive attitude towards learning, especially for dogs that have already learned to dislike and or out maneuver training.
Life Skills Exercises and Handling Techniques: Our use of both traditional obedience exercises applied via the Brownhill Basics methodology,paired with practical life exercises and taught with a logical progression, helps us create a well-balanced and skilled dog. This is combined with unique and innovative leash handling techniques, which clearly communicates direction and positive attitude towards learning. As a result, dogs and handlers are not going through monotonous and mindless patterns of exercises and involuntary responses which neither understands.
Nutrition: When addressing dogs holistically, it requires us to understand that nutrition plays a vital roll in balancing our dog. Not only does it affect dogs’ physical wellness, as it supports and maintains the dogs’ growth, immune system and skin and coat but affects the dogs’ psychological wellness as well. Nutrition directly affects the dogs’ nervous system in how the dog handles varying levels of stress. Many things including poor physical health, physical exercise, unstable life style, and even training can cause this stress. It is important that when dealing with both puppies and adult dogs in terms of behavior and training, we address their nutritional needs as an equal component to success.
This system demands true positive reinforcement and attention to one another to maximize learning. Your dog will be your companion for 10-20 years; investing in you and your dog’s education will provide you both with immeasurable return.