To create change in an industry you can’t simply ride along in a Bull Market following with the trends. You have to disrupt current trends with alternative solutions! Its time to pop the dog training bubble and be honest about what is going on. Dog Training is not just a job, Dog Training is not just a skill, Dog Training is a lifestyle. Dog Training is more than just a 6.5 Billion Dollar Industry. We believe that dog training has been on the decline for a long time with no serious acknowledgment of the severity of the problems within the dog training industry.
I have been 100% ANTI shock, choke, prong & E Collar from the very beginning. I want to put an end to painful tools and techniques. Why is it still ok to use primitive techniques similar to electro shock therapy? Dog Training, similar to therapy should be delicate and treated with the most ethical solutions. The best results don’t come from taking medications and using electro shock therapy as a general way to solve every problem. To assume that training a dog with a painful method or technique is to blindly diagnose the problem and apply the only technique you know how to use. IN my personal experience I have found that although there may be many similarities amount all dog behaviors, each dog is a different case. It is important to evaluate each dog and understand why is acts the way it does before training it, especially with a painful tool like a shock, choke, prong or E collar. All Painful Dog Training tools at this point should be banned. They are primitive and unethical and cause more harm than they do good.
It’s time to update the dog training industries standards. My Non Painful Alternative Method is revolutionizing the dog training industry helping dog owners everywhere! I believe in a world where we don’t go to the store and have an option to buy any dog training tools like shock, choke, prong or E collars. This is a future that will have less dogs in the shelters, dogs with bad behaviors.
We as dog trainers have to think bigger than just helping a few thousand dogs per year. Out of the 1.5 million dogs rescued every year over half of them get returned. This is partially a result of the side effects of painful training methods that can get quick results. This is also partially because we don’t offer public service announcements to help dog owners be prepared. I believe that to solve a problem we have to first acknowledge that there is one.
I started training dogs by rescuing dogs from the kill list and rehabilitating them in order to find them forever homes. I went from the very bottom of the barrel helping the end result from this epidemic we are facing. As a problem solver the more involved I go in the dog industry the more problems I saw. So I kept taking positive steps to make small changes in the industry.
As a younger dog trainer and entrepreneur I was overwhelmed with the complexities of the dog training industry and the problems within its foundation. After completing over 10,000 free lessons in order to inform dog owners of the simple concepts all dog owners must understand I found that this was still not a significant impact.
Finally taking a step back from the dog industry to look at it with a new perspective I found similarities between the epidemic between incarceration per capita in the USA as well as the way the Republican Party publicly views the Global Warming situation we are so obviously facing.
In order to really make change in a leaderless industry you must become the leader that is needed. In order to set an example for what dog trainers should strive to be like in the dog training industry you have to stand up for what you believe.
When faced with a problem so big that everyone turns a blind eye, there is a huge opportunity to do something extraordinary. Sometimes all it takes is one person who believes so firmly in making change it creates enough force to light the match starting a movement to revolutionize an industry.
My name is Dylan Blau and I am the Owner of Arizona Dog Training and founder of We Are Dog Training. I believe there is a huge problem with the dog training industry as it stands today. Over the past 100 years there have only been a few ways to train a dog and get results. We are all familiar with the common treat, clicker & positive reinforcement styles of training. In the past 20 years as technology has evolved we have seen new tools and techniques advance the way we train dogs. The typical shock collar has evolved into an E Collar where you can control the pain from 1-200. Sit means Sit is the largest e collar dog training franchise in the USA and they have do an incredible job. We have seen methods of more dominance & submission styles of training similar to Cesar Millan The Dog Whisperer, where he will make his hand into a mouth and force your dog into a submission. We have seen many trends over the years when it comes to dog training however they are not natural. Similar to training an elephant at the zoo by poking it with sharp rods; just because it gets results doesn’t mean it is ethical or natural. In the psychology world they have evolved from using electro shock therapy to giving xanax and other life numbing solutions that are less painful.
Whether or not dog trainers like to admit it, we are just like magicians. The Pledge, Turn & Prestige should be part of our dialogue as we pledge to get results that to them are impossible or unachievable to the ordinary viewer (dog owner). The problem with the dog training industry is in the next step of the magic show. Most dog trainers like to keep their secrets to themselves as it’s their tangible form of self worth. We assume that if we show our secrets to the general public anyone could steal our ideas and become competition. We assume that by keeping our skills a secret that we are more valuable. However a true talent cannot be compromised. Just because you show someone how to do a magic trick, that doesn’t make them a magician, showmanship, practicing one single trick over 10,000 times are just a few other other attributes to a magician. So why do so many magicians and dog trainers keep their secrets? I personally love magic and the magicians who showed how to do the tricks got more views than a common trick. Giving your fans or clients an in-depth view of your process makes the learning process more effective and memorable. Its not enough to force a dog to sit.
When I first started training dogs I was rescuing them from the kill list at the local animal shelters in Arizona. I was able to hone my craft and rehabilitate hundreds of dogs, finding them forever homes. Spending most of my time helping dogs that have been returned to the shelters more than once I began to notice a trend. Out of the 1.5 million or so dogs that get rescued each year over half of them get returned to the shelters or left on the streets, this was the problem that needed to be solved.
Realizing that this was a a huge problem I had to find a way to simplify it. Its in our nature to follow the path of least resistance and this leads us to find easy solutions to problems. We tend to not think about the long term results or consequences of the choices we make to achieve a short term goal.
I compare dominate and submissive styles of training to bullying in schools. When someone is bullied and put in a forced situation to be submissive this can leave long lasting effects. Yes we see a short term effect where students are categorized into diverse groups schools. This pattern of bullying physically or mentally to individuals who are all part of a group has created a permanent diversity among students. When an individual does not feel safe, similar to an employee who doesn’t have job security, we see a lack of focus, production and less than standard results. When we see students in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable their general productivity, creative outlook & general results are exponentially better. There is no ceiling for what they can learn or create.
There are many differences between dogs and humans. This is something that has not been discussed or updated in many years. By not informing the public on general concepts that apply to all dogs and all dog owners we fail as an industry. It is time for the dog training industry to have a rude awakening. All of the one trick ponies who only know one way to train a dog, All of the idiots who still use shock, choke or prong collar and anyone not trained by a professional who is using an e collar pretending to be a dog trainer. Just because there is no one to reinforce the way dog trainers train dog and hold them accountable doesn’t mean we can not make change. The dog training industry is poorly managed and their is no focus. I am a problem solver and I have continued to solve problems with in the industry however I have reached my limit. The problem with the dog training industry is not the shelters, or the trainers, its the Dog Training Industry as a whole. Everyone who is committed their life to helping the dogs in shelters have not accomplished the goal. We all love dogs and have a passion for them yet without proper organization and execution we will continue to function in this blind insanity. No longer are we blind. I hope…I know that there are more dog trainers and lovers out there who want significant change and they understand the perspective I am taking. If we all can admit there is a problem we can move forward and make change. If we acknowledge that we have a problem we can start to experiment with solutions. The problem with dogs in shelters & the amount of people we have incarcerated are both extreme situations that need attention. When a problem is as large as these two issues we tend to feel overwhelm and cannot see a clear solution.