Dogs often have very little control over their environment. We decide when to feed them, when to walk them and when to play with them. Research tells us that animals who have control over their environment are happier and healthier.
If we can give our dogs choices it can improve the quality of their lives.
Dr Susan Freidman (psychology professor) says “We don’t always need stimulus control we need the relationship, listen to the animal’s communication.” The effectiveness of our training will be directly proportional to the relationship we build with our dog. Giving choices can help build trust.