Sensible Canine is the next chapter of Canine Nation. Where the earlier essays looked at various components of dog training and behaviour, Sensible Canine seeks to take a more comprehensive approach. All of the best dog training methods and instruction can amount to very little unless they are used in ways that help us achieve our goals with our dogs.
That’s what Sensible Canine is all about. Looking at our lives with our dogs and trying to make sense of the various trends, information, and applications in training our dogs. Not everything in dog training is about the methods or equipment we use to teach our dogs. There is much to consider about ourselves; our very human tendencies and how those help or hinder our communication with our dogs.
Teaching our dogs is a process. Sensible Canine looks at how we decide what to teach, when to teach it, and what the impact of our long and short term training choices may be on the lives of our dogs. Certainly life and living with our dogs is about the journey. How we choose to make that journey will determine how much joy, frustration, adventure, and satisfaction we can achieve.
I hope that the Sensible Canine essays can help you think about your life with your dogs in some novel and interesting ways. My own journey has taught me that being open to new ideas and listening to what my dogs may have to teach me can lead to a wonderfully fulfilling and fun relationship with my dogs.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and hope that you will share yours with me as you read through these essays. Feel free to comment on essays here or join us on our Facebook discussion group – the Canine Nation Forum.
Wishing you and your four-footed friends all the best.
Have fun with your dogs!