When PBS filmed Jerry for the NATURE episode, we were thrilled to know that one of the world’s leading dog trainers, Sarah Wilson, would also appear in the show. If you don’t know who Sarah is, you need to. She’s a Master Dog Trainer and an expert in the human-animal bond. She’s presented for animal organizations everywhere, and authored numerous dog training books, including My Smart Puppy and Dogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You.
In December, we were honored to introduce our own “Wild Boy” Wyatt to Sarah, after she presented at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, CA. Sarah kindly showed us some training strategies that she discusses in her My Smart Puppy training book.
In this casual sidewalk demo, Sarah is showing us her “Near is Dear” My Smart Puppy game. The goal is to teach Wyatt how to relax when around exciting or scary things (not an easy task). These types of games will help us help Wyatt change his behavior in these situations from highly emotional to calm acceptance. In the second half of the clip, you’ll see that when a dog walks past Wyatt, he barks, but he also looks to Sarah for direction because trusts her confident leadership.
You can see a formal demonstration of “Near is Dear,” here on Sarah’s YouTube channel.
Sarah says that if you want your puppy to change what she is doing, you must change what you are doing first. All dogs, even Tripawds, need strong leadership and lessons that will help them be the best dogs they can be. Sarah’s books, her My Smart Puppy Discussion Forums and website will help them get there.