The Cognitive Dog Training System
At the heart of the CDT system is ‘Cognition’ … the process of acquiring profound understanding and knowledge about our dogs, about ourselves and how we interact and respond to one another.
We cannot truly understand our dogs or effectively teach them unless we perceive the ‘whole’ picture of who they are and what they are experiencing in each situation.
From basic training to awesome performance and competition in your favorite sport…CDT is a proven system that works…for all breeds, all activities, all levels from beginner to advanced.
We cannot truly understand our dogs or effectively teach them unless we perceive the ‘whole’ picture of who they are and what they are experiencing in each situation. Your dog’s physical, mental and emotional state affects their ability to learn and to behave as expected.
The more you understand this holistic nature of dogs, the better the lessons will go and the better your results will be. A “balanced” dog is a happy dog…and a happy dog is easy to live with and to train!
You and your dog are communicating with one another all the time, with intention or not. When you train your dog, your dog is providing valuable feedback that can help you shape the lesson, allowing your dog to become an active participant in the learning process. This dynamic interaction helps training go smoothly and quickly, and real learning happens.
You’ll be amazed at how much fun training and competing can be when your dog is engaged in the process.
When partners work together towards a common goal, brilliant teamwork is possible. By eagerly collaborating with your dog to ‘solve the problem‘ of a new skill or behavior, the learning process is shortened and more fun. Your part of the partnership is to be an attentive, responsive teacher. Your dog’s part is to be an attentive, responsive learner. One follows the other, and it starts with YOU.
Good communication is the “successful exchange of information, ideas and feelings”. When you speak clearly in your dog’s natural language and listen carefully to your dog’s feedback, powerful understanding between you and your dog is possible. Communicating with body movements, posture, facial expression and audible expression makes training simple and fun…and makes you a trainer your dog really understands.
Dogs thrive when being guided by clear, consistent leadership that provides a framework to live by. They want to know what pleases us, because when we are pleased, they are strongly reinforced. Being a positive leader means providing enthusiastic, afﬁrmative and instructive guidance each step of the way.
It means leading by example with genuine, sincere and supportive communication. Be a positive leader and your dog will follow you anywhere!
Believe it or not, some people still speak of dog training in terms that imply a power struggle: we “housebreak” them … we make a dog “obedient”… dogs try to “dominate” us … they need to “obey” our “commands”… we “correct” them if they are wrong. That’s old, proven to be wrong, ineffective information.
I say: we can and we should approach training our dogs in a way that doesn’t require such an approach or intent…in a way that feels great to us, and to our dogs.
This opens up a whole new world of training our dogs through partnership. Teaching them through understanding and collaboration. Understanding them through keen awareness and knowledge. Learning to lead them in the dance of our shared life.
We can work together with our dogs, setting them up for success and guiding them with positive leadership.
We can work together with our dogs, helping them to be successful…and importantly, we can create a new ‘dog training’ language and become advocates and ambassadors for a better, more effective and more loving way to train our dogs. That, my friends, is my mission…and I hope you’ll join the movement to make our world a better place for dogs and the people who love them!
Can you imagine…
And just imagine…
…that amazing feeling that you experience as you come off a great run…the partnership, the skill, the handling…it was an awe-inspiring experience that you felt and everyone noticed…your friends, your peers and your coach all run up to congratulate you on one of the most amazing runs they’ve seen.
Yes, these are the things we all dream about. Incredible partnership with a dog we adore.
How to Get There
Getting there requires commitment, consistency and it requires passion. But most importantly it requires skill. You need to develop YOUR skills as your dog’s trainer, handler, partner and best supporter in the world.
Without these skills, you are faced with struggles that just never seem to get resolved. You have reached out for help, but it just doesn’t stick. Or just doesn’t feel right. Or simply just doesn’t work for you and your dog.
You’re left with a dog who pulls, lunges and barks when you try to go for a walk. A dog who won’t come if there is something more interesting and you don’t have a cookie in your hand.
You walk away from your runs, head down, ﬁghting back the tears, because you KNOW your dog is better than that.
YOU’RE better than that. Your friends come and give you a hug…they feel your pain. You try not to let your dog feel your disappointment, but it’s so hard…so frustrating.
I have been there, my friend. Many times. I feel your pain. And, I can give you some hope. It IS possible for you to overcome these struggles just like I did. I went from an uninitiated, totally new beginner to a competent and successful competitor, not just once, in one arena, but many times…with horses and with dogs and in several different sports with both.
Tools YOU Can Use
What I’ve discovered from my experiences of 35+ years of working with and learning from animals, is that there are certain skills, and certain information, and a speciﬁc system that works every single time. Not just for me and my dogs, but my students and their dogs have used the same training system and have reached the level of success they have dreamed of… and more.
I’ve put together a simple toolkit that I use every day to help people learn skills that make success possible for them and their dogs.
Here’s the thing…these tools will keep you sane. Without these tools, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of an emotional roller coaster of uncertainty, damaged relationships, poor performances, DQ’s, NQ’s, and worst case scenario – homeless dogs because people have given up, lost all hope.
The TOOLKIT is what makes the “5 Elements to Mastery” possible for everyone. For you, for me, for all your dog lovin friends.
Consistently using these simple tools will bring fun and success to everything you do with your dog. That’s what it’s all about, right?
Here’s a quick look at the Toolkit.
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