How is it possible that some can train their dogs easily, with great results, while others spend excessive amounts of time, yet remain frustrated, with poor results and unreliable performances?
Alex Lato, internationally renowned dog trainer and behaviourist, has the answer. We need our dogs to be brave!
It is no easy matter for a dog to live in a world full of unexpected, unpredictable events and to remain happy, calm and balanced. It is even harder if we want that dog to complete in a challenging sport, and to excel in all situations.
The secret is to bring out the Braveheart in every dog. Bravery can be the deciding factor as whether our training is a success or a failure. Lato has worked closely with dogs of all types over many years, and believes that key components of bravery are motivation and confidence.
Alex Lato is no ordinary dog trainer! When asked why he chose this profession, he replies:
'I wasn't raised by wolves, and I wasn't born a dog whisperer, but my success comes from hard work, the constant desire to learn - and my passion for dogs.
Alex Lato studied at Warsaw University of Life Sciences and in 2008 gained a Masters degree in Animal Science. On practical level, his passion for dog training started form working with Border Collies in sheep herding, and then continued with companion and sport training in Warsaw before moving Finland and becoming IGP Helper/decoy. To this day he continues to be involved in IGP, in competitive obedience and more recently in mondioring.
A motivated dog values anything we use as a reward, which means he is always ready to work for us, and try something new.
A confident dog trusts his own abilities and know that, with the support of his handler, he can work through any challenges he may face.
Together this creates a blueprint which allows dogs to reach potential, fully equipped to meet the demands of modern life head on.
In this ground-breaking book, Lato explains his own, personal philosophy on dog training and the Bravery-Boost concept - a detailed programme to develop motivation and build confidence.
Written with great sensitivity, and advancing some truly novel strategies, Braveheart is essential reading for everyone who wants to expand their knowledge and expertise in dog training.