Phone rings. “Two Bears Dog Training, how may I help you?”

“Hello, I have a (puppy, dog) that I need to stop from doing (fill in the blank).”

Most people have a list of things they want their dog to stop doing. However, by saying we want to stop a behavior, we already set ourselves up for conflict with the dog. Most unwanted behavior by human standards is just normal behavior by dog standards.

This is the process of dog training and why it’s important to understand your dog and how to communicate with them.

In order to work in harmony and maintain a close relationship with our dogs, we need instead to ask, “What do I want my dog to do?”, then we can structure the dog training and training environment in a way that eliminates conflict and strengthens our relationship. While many behaviors seem simple to us, they are actually extremely complicated for dogs.

Instead of saying you want your puppy to stop mouthing and biting, ask yourself, “How do I get my puppy to chew on his toys and play fetch and tug?”

Instead of saying you want your dog to stop destroying things in the house, ask yourself, “How do I get my dog to be house reliable?”

Instead of saying you want your puppy to stop jumping on people, ask yourself, “How do I get my puppy to calmly greet people?”

Instead of saying you want your dog to stop pulling on the leash, ask yourself, “How do I get my dog to walk calmly on a leash?”

Instead of saying you want your puppy to stop running away, ask yourself, “How do I get my puppy to happily come whenever I call him?”

At Two Bears Dog Training, our job is to teach you how to get your puppy or dog to do the things you want them to do rather than just stopping them from doing the things you don’t want them to.

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of our dog training philosophy. We will give you the necessary skills and tools to communicate with your canine companion in a way that eliminates conflict, builds your relationship and makes dog or puppy training fun for you both. We serve most all of Boulder County, including Boulder, Erie, Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville and Niwot, as well as neighboring areas such as Brighton, Broomfield, Dacono, Frederick and Firestone.

Contact us today to get started on a mindful approach to dog training!

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