Dogs, especially puppies, require a lot of attention during training. Teaching your new pup can be a daunting task when all he wants to do is play. My friend Tamar Geller, an incredible life coach to both dogs and humans, developed “The Loved Dog” method of training that involves utilizing a dog’s natural playfulness as a tool.Tamar studied wolves in their natural habitat (how cool is that!) and observed that the wolves taught their young primarily through games so she decided to apply similar stress-free behavior to train dogs. Rather than the traditional approach of using fear and aggression to force a dog to obey commands, Tamar uses games and your pup’s natural playfulness, making training easygoing for both you and your pet.
A great resource to learn Tamar’s method at home is using her best-selling book, “The Loved Dog: The Playful Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior.” Or if you can make it to her Los Angeles based facility, your pup can have one-on-one Loved Dog training and playtime, while you are at work or away on a trip.
By building a relationship based on games, your dog will be mentally and physically stimulated, and you will be the proud owner of an extremely well mannered, happy dog. ■