All Dogs Are Smart is a blog and You Tube Channel showing how to train so-called “stubborn” or difficult, “less intelligent” and reactive dogs and do all kinds of activities, despite the belief that certain breeds are not as intelligent as other breeds and can’t be trained well or at all. We also discuss how to make it easier for yourself to actually DO the training, stay focused and positive when it seems like you are not making any progress.
On This Blog You Can…
- Follow along with us on our travels with the dogs – van, tent and camper camping!
- Learn how I manage my “difficult” dogs on trips
- Find out how to train a “stubborn” dog in competitive dog sports
- Keep your reactive dog safe and happy at home and in public
- Find out about training and dog health related activities that I use to keep my dogs as healthy as possible.
- Learn about eco-friendly dog stuff (good for nature and the home environment) that you can do at home and in your own DIYs
On this blog you will also find how I am able to stay at home with my dogs, save money with DIYs and how we are able to do many activities even though my dogs are considered “stubborn” or “less intelligent breeds”, and are reactive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m Anne Bachewich (pronounced Baa-CHA-Vich) and I’m a stay-at-home dog person.
In 2010, I decided to stop working away from home so I could spend all my time with my husband and dogs. Our dogs do pretty much everything with us.
I am a professional dog training instructor (since 2003), and in the past, a trainer of other people’s dogs (2006 – 2015) and a professional dog groomer (of other people’s dogs from May 2008 – August 2017). My favourite thing to do other than hang out with my dogs is take online dog training classes!
“Stubborn” or “less intelligent” dog breeds are perceived as being less intelligent (as per the Dog Intelligence List) because they are different.
Generally, these are the dogs of breeds that are #40 and higher on the “so-called” dog intelligence list. Our mission is to show that these dogs CAN learn and do activities well like any other dog breed, and how you can do it. Truly, all dogs are smart.
I want you to believe in your dog no matter what that breed, in your ability to train her well and to do anything you find enjoyable and fun.
The combination of training methods and the environment a dog is raised in has a great deal to do with how fast a dog learns. Often when people get a dog of a certain breed we hear, “you can’t train a “enter breed name” because they aren’t smart” or this breed does certain things that prevent it from being trained well – like excessive sniffing.
When I became involved with two different breeds of dogs, the Australian Shepherd and the Kuvasz, I knew there was a need to assist dog handlers in understanding their dogs when the world was telling them the breed is “stubborn” or not intelligent. Both of my breeds were listed at # 42 on the breed intelligence list which floored me (because it is ridiculous).
What I have learned over the years is that each dog breed has its own talents and abilities, but when presented with correction based training, certain breeds (and dogs) shut down. With video and in blog posts, you can see HOW dogs of certain breeds and mixes can be trained well and become “smarter” by training with a different method. Naturally, all dogs learn the same way, but some need their training slightly adjusted to bring out their potential. We developed a combination of techniques and a way to train “stubborn” breeds that works.
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Even though I have been a professional dog trainer and dog training instructor, the information that is found on this blog is not a substitute for a training plan put together by a professional that you hire to help you with your dog’s behaviour. All dogs and humans are different. Training for each dog should be approached from that point of view. The information on this blog is for my dogs specifically and is intended to show how things can be done and that they actually CAN be done by training with the Clicker and Force Free training.