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Positive reinforcement training for Jerry

Several of you have suggested I find a dog behavior specialist to help me with Jerry and I am now in agreement. Thank you for your responses to my cries for help! There are just too many issues and I am not making much progress.

So I got a couple recommendations for dog trainers in my area to teach me how to help Jerry's separation anxiety and other behavior issues. Jerry is my 5 year old love that i adopted a couple months ago and I love him to pieces but am going crazy trying to help him adjust to our home. I've adopted several older dogs and they managed to fit into our family without any intervention but Jerry is different.

The first trainer I called recommended I establish dominance and show leadership. The second one I called is in favor of positive reinforcement and clicker training. Both are willing to come to the house and work 1:1 with me and both are about the same price (uber expensive). I like the sound of positive though not sure about a clicker and am leaning toward the positive reinforcement although both of them would likely be beneficial.

Should I ask for references? What kind of questions should I ask? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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References are good, but PLEASE avoid any “trainer” who suggests “establishing dominance” or “show leadership”. Those are code words for compulsion based training. That is not, IMO, a good way to train any animal, but CERTAINLY not one who is already suffering from anxiety.
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My offer from Jan 24 Howling post still stands. Here is some info on training methods https://petprofessionalguild.com/Ope...-professionals
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davetgabby I sent you a PM or at lease I tried to send one. Please let me know if you got it. Thanks.
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Dave knows a lot of references, and I appreciate all he offers (even the article with the picture of the Frenchie biting a sweet human face) but I like "Training the Best Dog Ever" by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz and Larry Kay. Dawn trained the former president's family dog.

With children, punishment works quickly but there is a chance you will pay for that time saved by later visiting Junior at Brushy Mountain prison and talking to him through plexiglass. It is the same for dogs, I expect.

Inciting anger or stress is not a good thing.


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Dave knows a lot of references, and I appreciate all he offers (even the article with the picture of the Boston terrier biting a face) but I like "Training the Best Dog Ever" by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz and Larry Kay. Dawn trained the former president's family dog.

With children, punishment works quickly but there is a chance you will pay for that time saved by later visiting Junior at Brushy Mountain prison and talking to him through plexiglass. It is the same for dogs, I expect.
LOL ... yeah that pic is of Ian Dunbar's son Jamie getting kisses from their Frenchie. And yep it's the same for dogs.
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