I take a holistic approach to dog training by taking a step back and looking at the entire picture. There are many different reasons why your dog is behaving the way they do.
Most behavioral issues occur because of a miscommunication between human and dog. Everyday, we unconsciously send our dogs messages that tell them that we are (or are not) their leader. When a dog is told to take a leadership role, they will begin to display unwanted behaviours. It is up to us humans to change our habits in order to change our dog’s behaviour.
I believe that there is a difference between dog training and “doggie manners”, but both are required for a happy and balanced dog. Urban dogs live in a human world, therefore, they need to understand how to socialize appropriately in this human environment. Raising a happy and well mannered dog involves teaching them what is, and is not appropriate behavior in our world.