• Michael D’Abruzzo

    December 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Dave, I think the answer is it “depends”…

    Age of dog, stage in training, what environment the dog will be in, individual temperament, and MOSTLY preference of the dog owner.

    Since I work as a professional I mainly will tailor individual training plans to the requests of the dog owner so different things will be important to each owner and what is a “problem” for one owner is not for another.

    If I am working on a jumping “problem” with a dog I do it in three phases just like obedience, so even if you see a dog jumping and not getting punished it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a not a plan for jumping in place.  For instance the jumping may just be ignored at a certain stages and four feet on the ground may be rewarded at select times.

    I have owned full grown German Shepherds that would jump up into my arms and I would carry them when I greeted them, but they also instinctively knew not to jump on children nor wanted to jump on adults they didn’t know.  Other dogs just seem to want to jump on everyone and live in highly social environments and needed it to be addressed (by request of owner).  Majority of my own dogs never need a single correction by the time they are adults since they have just learned through time people come down to them for affection and they are no longer in the habit of being bossy, in general, outside of greetings.

    So, like most training plans, it really does depend on lots of factors but mainly the choice of the owner if they feel the dog will get into trouble from it.

    Overall, I find with a good base of leadership most things naturally fall into place with little effort.