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We need to change to progress

There is an old saying which goes “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result”.

Well I do not believe this to be true, in my eyes it is knowing that by doing the same thing repeatedly brings the same result is insanity. However, so many people are stuck in this ridiculous cycle.

This is not always their fault though it is ours as trainers and behaviourists, let me explain; I do not know one trainer including myself that has not told an owner if they continue to practice the techniques they give them, then they will start to see results. And this is true for 60% of owners, they do see results in a fairly short period.

But what about the other 40%, do we leave them and hope  at some point they will see results, or do we need to change to progress.

follow site The truth is one shoe does not fit all, but it is so easy to fall into that mindset. I have done it myself in the past where I have consistently got results. Suddenly, I see a decline in the results and instead of changing I have continued and refused to accept that this technique or system is not working. I not sure what it is, perhaps it is an ego-issue these days or it may be strong mindsets that do not allow us to see where we need to change.

Putting your hands up and telling owners that we need to change things, even though you had set out a good plan of action for them at the time has no negative reflection on your abilities as a trainer. In fact, it is a positive and can build a far stronger relationship between you and owners.

click here The word “change” seems to have a negative connotation. Many people fear it, but unfortunately most people seem to reject the idea. Realistically though, there’s no need to feel threatened by it.

source url Change can be a good thing and if we are to truly help that 40% we need to change to progress.

The word “change” seems to have a negative connotation. Many people fear it, but unfortunately most people seem to reject the idea. Realistically though, there’s no need to feel threatened by it.

Change can be a good thing and if we are to truly help that 40% we need to change to progress.

Author:

Paul Daly
HDipCCB One of the UK’s Leading Dog Behaviourists
I have made it my purpose in life to help you understand your dog and build a true relationship which is based on trust. I have worked with 1000’s of dogs and their owners with 70% of these cases being aggression to both dogs and people. Whilst the remaining 30% of cases were made up of pulling on the lead, over excitement, recall, prey drive behaviour, separation anxiety and training related issues.
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