What is Mindful Training?
Dogs have been by our side for thousands of years. They have guarded our livestock, been our eyes, ears, and legs when we have been in need, served in war and peacetime - and been our beloved companions. Sometimes, we have found the relationship to be frustrating, exasperating, and stressful for both dog and human. But it can be deep and rewarding - and that's what Mindful Training is all about. A gentle, thoughtful and enjoyable training method that helps you and your canine companion develop a deep and joyful working partnership.
Mindful Training is the result of a synthesis of different training concepts based on observation, positive motivation, an understanding of both human and canine psychology, and, most of all, an intent to create an aware and working relationship between dog and humans whatever situation presents itself. It was developed through working with shelter dogs in high-stress situations, family dogs where misunderstood communication was causing a "bad" dog, service dogs, therapy dogs, as well as the problem dogs simply dropped off on the developer's front porch.
Mindful Training can and does achieve rapid results. Those results are based on the human part of the team letting go of preconceived ideas about how dogs process and use information. It's not operant conditioning or clicker training, it's not pack theory, and it's not negative conditioning. It is about creating a finely-tuned individualized training program that includes how both parts of the team take in and use information. Most of all, it's not boring, tedious, or complex.