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A science-driven, paradigm-altering approach to raising puppies.

At Habibi Bears we advocate the holistic approach to raising our puppies and here's why!  Holistic dog training is a unique and compassionate approach to canine behavior and well-being that focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a dog's life. Unlike traditional dog training methods that often prioritize obedience and commands, holistic dog training seeks to create a balanced and harmonious relationship between dogs and their owners. This webpage will provide you with an in-depth understanding of what holistic dog training entails and why it's gaining popularity among dog owners.

What is Holistic Training?

Holistic dog training is a philosophy that acknowledges that dogs are not just obedient pets but complex beings with physical, emotional, and psychological needs
This approach recognizes that a dog's behavior is influenced by various factors, including their health, diet, exercise, and social environment.  
Holistic dog training distinguishes itself from "Positive-Training" by transcending what may seem positive to humans, recognizing that certain methods, though well-intentioned, can actually be disrespectful and distressing for dogs. This approach emerged as a complete departure from aversive training techniques, seeking the antithesis of what is considered aversive. However, such opposition to established methods can lead to confusion and challenges, ultimately impacting the well-being of the dogs involved. The essence of the Holistic approach lies in its emphasis on balancing the entirety of the human-dog relationship, taking into account both the needs and perspectives of the dog and the human.

Unlike balanced training or traditional positive reinforcement programs, holistic dog training embodies a trauma-informed, relationship-centered philosophy rooted in the principle of "Do No Harm". It is a comprehensive approach to harmonizing the dynamic between humans and dogs, respecting the intricate interplay of emotions, behaviors, and experiences that shape their mutual understanding and connection.

Here are the key components of holistic dog training:

  1. Physical Health
    A holistic dog training program begins with a focus on a dog's physical health. This includes providing a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and access to proper veterinary care. A healthy dog is more likely to exhibit good behavior and respond positively to training.
  2. Mental Stimulation
    Mental stimulation is essential for a dog's overall well-being. Holistic training encourages activities like puzzle toys, obedience training, and interactive games to keep a dog's mind sharp and engaged. A mentally stimulated dog is less likely to develop behavioral issues.
  3. Emotional Well-being
    Understanding a dog's emotions and addressing their emotional needs is a central aspect of holistic dog training. This involves creating a loving and supportive environment, ensuring they feel safe and secure, and providing positive reinforcement during training. A happy dog is more likely to be well-behaved.
  4. Positive Reinforcement
    Holistic dog training promotes the use of positive reinforcement techniques, such as praise, treats, and affection, to reward desirable behavior. This approach encourages dogs to make good choices rather than using punishment or dominance-based methods.
  5. Communication and Bonding
    Building a strong bond and clear communication between the owner and the dog is vital in holistic training. This often involves understanding canine body language and responding to their signals. Trust and respect form the foundation of the human-canine relationship.
  6. Environment and Socialization
    A holistic approach considers the dog's living environment and the importance of socialization. Proper exposure to different people, animals, and environments helps dogs develop into well-adjusted and confident companions.

Why Choose Holistic Training

Long-term Results: Rather than focusing solely on obedience commands, holistic training addresses the root causes of behavioral issues, leading to more lasting changes in a dog's behavior.
Better Understanding: Holistic dog training encourages owners to deepen their understanding of their pets, leading to stronger bonds and more fulfilling relationships.
Well-being: By focusing on a dog's overall well-being, holistic training helps prevent health issues and promotes a happier and healthier life for your furry friend.
Positive and Humane: Holistic training methods emphasize positive reinforcement and kindness, avoiding the use of punitive measures that can harm the dog's emotional well-being

Join our favorite Holistic Trainer and mentor, Roman Gottfried as he explains Puppy Parenting the Holistic way

For more info or to connect to Roman for your continued training, reach out to him and let him know we sent you!
About Roman: I’m a certified dog trainer and trauma-informed holistic behavior consultant. I guide dog guardians, fosters, and dog professionals to solve even the most complex challenges. I use a mind-body-spirit approach, as well as holistic-, trauma-informed, secure attachment-based, and Do-No-Harm approach to get results. I am a firm believer in educating dog professionals, handlers, caregivers, and the public about positive training and the damaging effects that the use of aversion and outdated dominance theory can have on dogs, especially dogs with trauma.

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