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Remembering these principles will help you focus in on yourself every time you interact with your dog. If you become annoyed, frustrated, angry, nervous, impatient, or are too gentle or too firm, you are in no position to influence your dog.

Glass-button-Stop reacting to your dog’s behaviour and focus on what end result you want to achieve. Be firm without using any negative emotions or shouting.

Glass-button-Wait…and give yourself time to breathe… and relax… Remind yourself to be patient and quiet and stay focused on what you want to achieve while you position yourself in front of your dog.

Glass-button-Listen…to your inner silence and sense of confidence and calmness. Remember, your dog is sensing this through your body language and listening and appreciating the inner silence too!





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With negative emotions out of the picture, your dog will naturally begin to listen to you, trust you, respect you, and after much practice will follow your directions willingly and submissively. They learn that no matter how you may have handled things in the past, you now consistently follow through to a successful end result – patiently, firmly AND calmly.

Glass-button-Stop and focus on you is the first thing your dog must do. Your dog can sense from your body language alone that firmly and calmly you intend to either guide them accordingly, correct them, or redirect them away from a misbehaviour.

Glass-button-Wait …means your dog must show you respect by waiting for your approval or instructions. Teach them to give you eye contact as they focus only on you (but NOT if you know your dog will challenge you or if he finds this threatening, in which case you will need to build  trust  first).

Glass-button-Listen …is what your dog does when they tune into your silent, confident and calm energy and then they willingly give you calm submission in return. Now they are ready, still, and relaxed enough to accept your guidance.


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