Thank you Monique for this….
Watching the world’s best-dog trainers at work is a joy.
It is like watching an actor morph into the person that their dog needs at precisely the right moment. Their emotions change at the flip of a light switch, as needed. Their dogs respond perfectly to the changed emotions, believing every thing that they are told.
None of this is accomplished through words. It is facial expressions, sounds, and body movements. Sometimes our tried and tested praise words are so worn-out, that we utter them with boredom. If you use 'yes, or 'good dog' record yourself, and from your tone alone, decide if you are delivering the right message.
Once you can make your dog feel how you need him to feel, you have become a trainer.
With the exception of a handful of trainers in the world who have this skill mastered, the rest of us will be on a life quest to achieve this. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do!