The bond between dogs and humans is truly impressive and endearing. Even the most aloof and reserved of dog breeds eventually let their walls down when they feel safe and loved. This is exactly what the relationship-based dog training model relies on.
This technique is best executed by the dog’s owner as it takes advantage of the existing bond of trust between the pooch and their favorite human.
However, it can also be done by unfamiliar professional trainers. In these cases, the first few sessions are geared towards forming some sort of a bond.
Another hallmark of the relationship-based strategy is that it needs to be the perfect balance of fun and actual learning. It seeks to change very little, if anything at all, about the relationship dynamics between the trainer and the dog.
Therefore, if you are always sweet when you talk to your dog, this is not the time to suddenly turn into a drill sergeant. If you do it right, it should end up feeling more like play time with new skills than an actual training session.
Despite all this awesomeness to look forward to, the dog’s personality is definitely worth considering for this one. This is because it only works if the dog’s temperament traits include an eagerness to please and high levels of responsiveness. For some dogs, it will take more than just a buddy-buddy relationship with you to get them to tow the line.