Reading the dog

Misreading a dog holds up the training process for many owners and trainers who then misjudge the approach to training. Attacking one issue with methods developed for another may not work for the dog. If this is the case, then the dog is subjected to needless stress with marginal results to show for it. It's easy because of popular buz words like dominant, or fearful, for someone to create a training game plan that's based on an inaccurate diagnosis because the meaning and impact that these words should carry becomes lost in translation. A tool that has been key in my success in rehabilitating dogs has been to look up the definitions of these simple terms so that i know exactly what it is i'm looking for, and what information i'm feeding to my clients. Sometimes just breaking a word down helps me wrap my head around it's intended meaning Example:(aggression, aggress-ion, to agress or be agressive) therefore the dog lunging toward another dog with intent to attack is aggressive. This doesn't mean the dog is beyond help, or that it's evil by nature, only that currently the dog does in fact display aggressive behaviors and should be handeled with this in mind. The dogs rely on our abilities as trainers to locate the root of the problem and attack it at the source.