Dog Whisperer - Conventional Methods
‘Dog Whisperer’ is the moniker given exclusively to the world’s most famous dog rehabilitator Cesar Millan, mostly due to his acclaimed hit TV show that goes by the same name. However, what many people don’t know is that the dog whispering concept has been around for a long time. If you’re a dog lover or a dog owner who has been looking for an effective way to train your pet, you should consider the dog whispering approach.
Dog whispering is applicable to all forms of training- be it to mould dog behavior or for dog leash training, controlling dog aggression, puppy training, dog house training, and so on. Let’s now take a look at some of the characteristics of dog whispering.
When it comes to communication, humans are verbal, and dogs are non-verbal. Dogs rely on their senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch, and other factors like body language, eye contact, and tonal changes in voice to pick up on the ‘energy’ of a person or animal. Since canines perceive and take in their environments in a completely different manner than humans, dog owners need to understand and acknowledge that training can only be thoroughly effective if they understand what their dogs are trying to ‘say’ to them.
Dog whispering stresses on using body language and using a dog’s communication and instincts to one’s advantage. This can only be done by behaving like a leader of the pack instead of a human being. This is because dogs are pack animals and respond best to a calm-assertive demeanor as displayed by a traditional pack leader. The gist of dog whispering is to lead a dog rather than have it trying to lead you.
What dog whispering can do?
Dog whispering goes beyond the realm of training. When you train your pet using dog whispering techniques like effective, confident body language, you are not just teaching it a few commands or asking it to behave a certain way, but are communicating with it and leading it as it would have been led in the wild by its pack leader. Another important point with regard to dog whispering is using your leadership skills to encourage good dog behavior rather than react to negative behavior.
Dog whispering is an art unto itself, so if you are interested in it, you are advised to conduct detailed research on this approach to dog training. You may come across dog training DVDs, dog training videos, and even courses that offer in-depth information, tips, and strategies on dog whispering. By implementing it in your dog training program, you can minimize dog aggression, curb hyperactivity and excessive barking and digging, and even speed up crate training, potty training, and house training.
Remember- a pack leader is supposed to be patient, assertive, yet calm, consistent, and strong. Dogs, even puppies, sense if a person is low on confidence and try to take control if they think we are weak.
For your dog to grow into a well-behaved, sociable animal, you must make it a point to be its leader from the very first day you get it into your home.
Jessie from Next Level Canine’s note:
Dog whispering is more of a dog behavior/communication method than anything else. I feel that the “Talking Dog Method” is a perfect balance of dog whispering and basic training. It is most effective way of training your pet because there are many stems to dog whispering and every individual trainer/whisperer uses their own interpretation of it. So make sure that you chose a professional that uses a technique that you understand.
Jessie Suarez, the creator of " Talking Dog Complete DVD Training Series"