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Basic Dog Training: Why You Need to Elevate Beyond

Jan 12, 2024

Why Would You Want Your Dog to be Basic?

Dogs are far more capable and intelligent than we often give them credit for. As a passionate advocate for canine training, I firmly believe in setting the bar higher than just the basic commands. Let's delve into why "basic" should not be your objective for your dog's training journey.

Why Not Just Basic?

You might wonder, "Why not stick to basic training? Isn't that enough?" The simple answer is: it's not, especially for intelligent breeds like shepherds. Basic training typically includes commands like sit, stay, come, and leave it. While these are essential, they barely scratch the surface of a dog's potential.

Setting the training bar at basic means anything below that is mediocre. If a dog struggles even with these fundamental commands, it falls into sub-basic, or mediocrity. That's a place nobody wants their dog to be.

Going Beyond Basic

Training should be more than just teaching commands; it's about cognitive development and providing mental stimulation. Dogs, especially puppies, need challenges to channel their energy and grow. Basic training doesn't always offer the cognitive stimulation that keeps a dog engaged and eager to learn.

As and example in my e-book, I discuss 12 heeling styles, divided into six focused styles and six contact modes. Why so many? The variety keeps training interesting and fun, both for the dog and the trainer. Not only does it transforms training from a mundane task into an enjoyable and fulfilling activity, it balances, reinforces and elevates the training objectives

More Than Commands: A Holistic Approach

Training a dog is not just about teaching commands but giving them purpose and opportunities to grow. Every dog, regardless of breed or natural intelligence, deserves the chance to reach their full potential and bee allowed to have a purpose. My holistic approach involves more than just exercises; it's about believing in what your dog can achieve and allowing them to achieve it.

The Joy of Learning Together

Training becomes a shared journey of discovery between you and your dog. By increasing the complexity and variety of training, you foster a deeper bond. Happy dogs make for happy owners, and this is evident in the joy and satisfaction that comes from working together towards common goals.

The Impact on Dog and Owner

Elevating training beyond the basics creates a ripple effect of positivity. Dogs become more engaged and fulfilled, and owners become more involved and excited for of their dogs' achievements. This mutual growth fosters a harmonious relationship a ‘bond’ where both dog and owner thrive.


In essence, basic training is just the beginning. It's essential to aim higher, to give our dogs the opportunities they deserve to develop and excel. By doing so, we not only enhance their lives but also enrich our own experiences as dog owners. Remember, a trained dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog makes for a happy owner. Embrace the journey beyond basic training and watch your dog achieve wonders.