O is for:
obedience – when offered voluntarily obedience can be a beautiful experience. I am not training for instantaneous, unquestioning, or blind obedience. I train to build communication and understanding about my expectations.
objective – think logically about your and your dog’s training goals.
observant – in order for you to notice what your dog is doing you must be observant. Pay attention and really focus on the details. The finer you can pinpoint and communicate with your dog the easier training becomes.
obstinate – some dogs, or whole breeds of dogs, are labeled ‘obstinate’ but in other conditions that behavior would be called ‘determined’.
odor – one of the most important senses your dog has. Proactivly using odor in training is difficult but more passively using the drive to explore the environment can be used as a powerful reinforcemnent.
open body language – your dog studies your body language. Training with closed or angry postures is much harder than it has to be.
operant – we use the term ‘operant conditioning’ so describe the scientifally backed method of utilizing the four quadrants describing positive/negative/reinforcement/punishment in a purposeful and intentional way to elicit desired behaviors. Operant is to be a thinking animal.
organize – when your own behavior is organized and predictable your dog is less liekly to be stressed or fearful.