My name is Inan Acer and I am not a dog trainer! I am a problem dog counselor. Mainly I advise dog owners how to educate their dogs by themselves. I help people who simply no longer know what to do and cannot understand their dog’s behavior even though they have attended several dog obedience schools and consulted various dog trainers, thinking they have tried everything.
Almost all dog obedience schools begin their training by teaching dog owners to use treats as a positive reinforcement of their dog’s desired behavior. In order to prevent your dog from behaving aggressively toward other dogs in the future, he will be required to participate in dog groups to (re)socialize him. If your dog still has not learned anything, you will inevitably be advised to use aids such as head collars, muzzles or the like to enable you to control him better. In a few cases, your dog will even be subjected to force to make him obedient. However, this common dog training method is doomed to fail from the start and will ultimately harm the dog more than it benefits the human-dog relationship. A dog’s reactions – whether it’s aggression, fear, or confusion – are in a way the sum of all experiences he has previously had with his handler. “So what must I do differently from now on and how do I teach my dog what he is not allowed to do?” This is precisely the point at which I come into play and help you resolve the problems you have with your dog!
The most common problems dog owners face every day include pulling on the leash and aggressive behavior toward fellow canines or other people. Instead of asking yourself how you can resolve these problems, you should give thought to why this is happening and what you need to do differently in the future. If you have never set boundaries for your dog, he cannot tell what is allowed and what he is not allowed to do. Unfortunately, dog obedience schools do not teach you how to boundary train your dog. Dog training that fails to set boundaries is the only thing to blame if your dog does not understand what the word “no” means. Yet, having to respect boundaries is just as normal and commonplace for your dog as it is for you and the people you interact with. Boundaries establish rules and thus help to achieve harmonious relationships between humans and their canine companions. In spite of rules and boundaries, however, we should never forget to have fun and enjoy the time we spend together with our beloved dog.
In order to make bad leash behavior, confusion, fear, and aggression in general a thing of the past once and for all, you must establish your position as the (human) leader of the pack. I am not talking about leadership as such, but rather about a parenting role where you essentially assume responsibility for your dog. Dogs have a great need for security. It is the handler’s ambiguity that often makes a dog do exactly the opposite of what we actually expect of him. Living in a family without any order and with no one to guide the family safely through life and provide for orientation simply does not give you a sense of security. So, from now on, try to see things from a new perspective and never again place your dog in situations that he cannot cope with. In particular, these kinds of conflict situations include contacts with unfamiliar dogs. By taking charge and leading the way when you walk your dog, you will be able to recognize potential conflicts in advance. In order to be aware of your dog’s intentions you also need to learn to correctly read his body language. Correctly understanding your dog’s body language and boundary training him at an early stage will enable you to decide whether an encounter with another dog should be avoided or is acceptable. If you stay in control and manage conflicts in a self-assured manner, your dog will happily look to you for orientation because he knows that you will make the right decisions for him. You will thus be resolving conflicts for your dog, so to speak. When you are in control of the situation it above all makes your dog feel safe and gives him the sense of security he needs. You can then let the leash hang loose and any aggressive feelings your dog may have will vanish into thin air.
I am well aware of the fact that I am swimming against the tide in using my approach to solve the problems people have with their dogs and that I do things differently than others. By thinking like a dog, I can get to the bottom of a problem and help you respond to your dog’s needs. Changing a dog’s behavior begins in the mind of the dog owner.
I serve the Fürth · Nuremberg · Erlangen metropolitan region.
I also offer my services in the Vilseck & Grafenwoehr region and advise U.S. clients in dealing with the everyday problems they have with their dogs. If you live in this area and are urgently looking for a problem dog counselor who speaks English, I look forward to hearing from you.
The joint training session will take place at your home and in your familiar surroundings. I will take time for your problems because it is important to me to help you put an end to the everyday problems you have with your dog and to teach you how to see things from your dog’s perspective. Once you understand your dog’s behavior, you can change your own behavior.