Ty the Dog Guy on the Daily
About This Show
Ty the Dog Guy on the Daily is a 5 day per week podcast with celebrity dog trainer Ty Brown. Ty takes your questions, teaches about dog training topics, and sometimes even goes on rants to teach you the ins and outs of dog behavior and raising puppies.
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Stuff, Stuff, Stuff: Filling Our Dogs’ Lives
Before I begin this post, I’d like to offer the disclaimer that I sincerely hope to not offend anyone. What I’m about to write is simply an observation I’ve made in my work.
Over the years I’ve found that the most experienced “dog people”—whose who train dogs, handle dogs, or simply spend a lot of time with their dogs—have the least amount of “stuff” for their dogs. They don’t have a lot of toys, accessories, and gizmos. I can think of a handful of exceptions, but for the most part people that understand dog behavior don’t buy a billion things for their dog.
That might seem counterintuitive at first, but it can be very important. While speaking with a group of dog trainers at work the other day, I noticed a common thread: phrases like “My dog has hardly toys” or “We barely have any of that!” In general, most of these trainers give their dogs only what they truly need.
Oftentimes, when owners don’t give their dogs the leadership or structure they need, they nevertheless sense that their dog needs more. They have a bond with the dog, and want to be able to give it what it needs. But because they don’t know how to give their dog the right training, they end up giving material things. Now, there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with material things such as toys. But when you buy a lot of them, that often means that you’re not providing some other things.
Now, I know that there’s someone reading this who does everything right for their dog and also buys them a bunch of trinkets. However, I’m hoping that some other people identify themselves in this description, and realize that they might be giving their dog material stuff because they aren’t actually providing the right leadership. A dog might have every toy you can buy, treats with his food, treats after his food, treats for when he poops outside, thirty different Halloween costumes, and twenty leashes—but no understanding of right and wrong! That’s not healthy.