After our friend Jeanie at Four Paws Acupuncture told us about the What Would Jeff Do?: Real World Dog Training For Life radio show she was interviewed on, we became fans of Jeff”s.
Jeff is a cool guy, and not just because he has a Tripawd! We hope to write about this pup real soon.
Jeff is the founder of Solid K9 Training in Rhode Island. He’s a highly regarded holistic dog trainer with a real-world, pack leader philosophy that works with all dogs.
Training is constant: every walk, every situation in and out of your house, every time you go in the car, the dog park, the woods.
I train with a firm but gentle manner. Your dog will be excited to work with me because I am the pack leader and they get to follow my lead. It is a HUGE load off of their shoulders when they do not have to be the pack leader any more, as most dogs don’t want to have that responsibility. When their owners show more leadership, they can better enjoy life.
Dog needs to feel that their owner can lead them. They need to have faith that you will be able to protect them and keep them safe, not the other way around. Your dogs will actually be more confident if you, as the human, show more leadership with your dog, and you will earn your dog’s trust and respect. Your dog needs to feel that you are up to that responsibility though; if they feel that you will not be a good pack leader then they will take over.
Jeff was nice enough to invite us onto his radio show. You can download the December Podcast here.
The whole hourlong episode is worth listening to, but if you want to skip to our spot, we are about halfway through the podcast, right after the first block of email questions.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the Northeast, Jeff does training seminars all the time. And if you can only learn his tips from afar, visit his website for more tips and a regular newsletter you can receive via email.