With all of the “free” dog training content out there, why am I reviewing Brain Training For Dogs?
Well, our young Golden Retriever (Ellie) has always been very good around the house right from the time we brought her home. It took just a matter of days before she learned to ask to go outside when she needed to do what a puppy needs to do. And she never chewed or damaged anything in the home – unless it was one of her toys and it needed a bit of doggy play attention.
But when it came to going for a walk, things were rather different. She loved meeting other people and dogs so much that she would lunge on the leash and go deaf to my commands to heel and sit. And don’t even ask about her recall!
The more I chatted with other dog owners and watched how their dogs behaved, the more I realised that I wasn’t the only one with doggy problems like that. And other dog owners were experiencing other problems too, like barking or whining continuously aggressive behaviour, jumping up and a whole host of others that took a lot of the joy out of dog ownership.
I would hear owners repeating commands over and over with the obvious hope that if they repeated a command often enough then the dog would finally obey. But all that happened was that the owner’s voice would get louder, angrier and higher-pitched while the dog just continued doing what interested or excited them more. And the results for the owner was frustration and embarrassment, plus the fear that their dog would end up lost or causing injury to itself or someone else.
And as for my own dog, well she could switch on selective hearing at any time. Walking her by herself, she would be fine. Any command or even slight noise of praise or disapproval that came from my lips would have her eyes instantly focussed on me.
But if we passed too close to another dog or person it could be another matter entirely. One moment she would be walking to heel perfectly and the next…
she would lunge to greet them.
Trying to keep her focussed on me by constantly dishing out treats just didn’t work. I could return from a walk with my fingers reeking of sliced up hot dog, but my shoulder would be aching from her sudden hard lunges.
To be honest, I was wondering whether I would be able to continue taking her for walks without getting some form of repetitive strain injury. And I wasn’t enjoying the dog walking experience at all.
Like the other owners, what I had dreamed of was a loving and obedient companion that I could trust to behave politely and safely when out and about. So, after watching lots of YouTube videos containing conflicting and generally unhelpful advice, I started a proper search for a solution and that’s when I came across Brain Training for Dogs.
Brain Training for Dogs says:
That with the right mental stimulation and training your dog’s brain will become more open and receptive to learning new information.
In other words, “More intelligent Dogs are better behaved and more obedient”
It all looked good and sounded good, but I needed to know whether it worked or not, how difficult the training was, how fast it worked, and whether there was anything that didn’t work. So I got hold of a copy for myself and you can read what I found below.
But before we get into the detail, a quick note of caution…I personally don’t think that all of the training here will work for all dogs. Dogs are individuals just like we humans are. And some will respond better and more quickly to certain methods than others. That having been said, let’s take a closer look.
Who’s The Creator?
The product creator is Adrienne Farricelli. She’s a professional CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certified dog trainer, and for the last 10 years or more she’s been helping people to eliminate bad behaviours in dogs and train well behaved, obedient, loving pets…by showing them how to bring out the ‘hidden intelligence’ inside their dog.
Adrienne is an advocate of gentle and force-free training techniques which rely on positive reinforcement instead of aversive training methods.
Most Dog training programs today fail to engage dogs on a mental level and fail to develop their intelligence. Adrienne believes that with enough mental stimulation – many problem behaviours simply melt away.
Most dog training programs fail because they never address the root cause of a dog’s problem behaviour. They just give you some cookie-cutter technique to stop biting, chewing or barking – which is short term in its effectiveness at best – again, because it does not address the root cause of the problem.
This training program does not use force and dominance techniques. Instead, it focusses on the latest science in dog behaviour research to create a strong bond between you and your dog and create positive emotions in your dog as opposed to fearful ones. They only reinforce the behaviours you want.
What’s In It?
Does It Work?
Ellie is young but is already partly trained, so I thought I might have some difficulties, especially as I didn’t want to start right at the beginning again. So I chose an exercise which I’d had difficulty teaching before – the Weave, where your dog moves through your legs as you walk forward.
Now I’d had some problems with this before (when I tried to teach Ellie by referring just to YouTube videos). She’s a Retriever, so although fetching things is instinctive for her, the “agility” type tricks are somewhat harder.
Brain Training For Dogs had several bits of information that I’d not noted or understood before, so after 20 minutes of perseverance we managed 3 weave steps in a row and both of us were well pleased.
Would all of the training work? I don’t know at this stage, but I will keep exploring and I’ll let you know how we progress.
What I Liked (And What Could Be Improved)
The Good Bits
What Could Be Better
Should you get it?
Without a doubt!
Look, I’ve said more than once that I don’t think all of the training will work for all dogs. I’m not a professional trainer, but this is what I’ve found with my own dog Ellie and numerous in-depth discussions with trainers and other dog owners. But with such a strong 60-day guarantee you really can’t lose.60 days should be more than enough to get started and see some positive results. And if you don’t then you can get your money back without any quibble.