Risa pictured alongside her portrait.

It’s often said dog training is an art as much as it’s a science. Coming from an artistic background, I can’t help but agree. The same things that allow someone to create a beautiful piece of artwork are very similar to the ones used when training a dog:

Understanding of the subject
Attention to detail

Innate talent can help a lot as well but, in the case of dog training, I think you can do without it. While you may find yourself capable of doing much more with your dog in regards to training if you have some sort of natural ability, you can certainly do just fine if you don’t!

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I also volunteer as a dog trainer with an organization that helps veterans train their own service dogs and I currently volunteer with a foster-based rescue. I also teach classes at the local obedience training club.
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