"Just because a dog "knows" what we want him to do does not mean to say that he will necessarily do it. The ultimate goal in dog training is for the response to become internally motivated and the response is auto-reinforced."
- Dr. Ian Dunbar
Encourage Your Dog's Instincts
"A dog's instincts are what first motivated humans to join forces with another species thousands of years ago. And yet instincts are often the very thing we try to suppress in our modern dogs. Some dog owners have come to believe that "dog training" is a good way to get a dog to put his instincts behind him forever. Being in control of a dog's instincts is not the same thing as trying to eliminate them. Encouraging instinct is simply rewarding natural behavior or not extinguishing it through punishment. When we honor a dog's instincts and make them the cornerstone of our relationship, it can open up a whole new world for us."
- Cesar Milan
"The cue for a dog to perform a desired behavior normally comes directly from a person, in the form of a verbal request, a hand signal, or both. An "environmental cue" comes from something in the environment. For example, the ring of a doorbell is the cue for a dog to go lay on his bed. Of course, dogs are not born knowing that a doorbell is a signal to go to bed - in fact, most seem to believe it is a cue to run to the door, then jump and bark like a maniac! Dogs must be taught to understand what a specific environmental cue means and exactly how to respond."
- Nicole Wilde, Author & Canine Behavior Specialist
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI