Harmony in dog training as in life

Success in dog training depends on the relationship between the owner and the dog.

Many dog owners seek help from a professional dog trainer in order to ‘change an undesired behavior,’ typically because their own attempts to change this behavior have been met with resistance.

Resistance occurs when there is a lack of harmony in the relationship. Dogs naturally want to live in a state of harmony with their people and will choose to do so when given the opportunity. When there is tension between dog and owner, like a deliberate pushing and pulling of wills, disharmony occurs.

Harmony can be defined as a state of grace – an ease and suppleness in communication that comes from a place of considerate and thoughtful understanding.

Dogs can teach us many things – including the ability to breach barriers of language and culture and come to true understanding and harmony. We only need to take one first step: Intention.