“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci
“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” Bruce Lee
“Simplicity of approach is always best.” Charlie Chaplin
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Nature is pleased with simplicity.” Isaac Newton
If you’ve ever juggled a lunging dog on a leash in one hand and a clicker and a treat in the other hand all while being instructed to get the dog’s attention and mark the behavior with good timing if your dog performs… you’d definitely relish the complete and utter simplicity of The Garrett Stevens Method. You’d fall in love due to the opposite nature of that aforementioned complex yet common clicker training nightmare! Our natural method, that was learned direct from the dogs themselves, requires no clickers and no treats, it requires no weak and/or complicated external motivators. Instead it calls for simplicity.
Dog language and canine behavioral rehabilitation is quite simple. In fact, it is so simple most folks miss it. Some don’t have time for it because they’ve been conditioned to rush about and be busy in their daily lives. Others think they already know about dogs and dog training and so they come into a session unwilling to learn this simple art of movement, touch, space, and energy – unwilling to learn these 4 pillars of dog language. Finally, and thankfully, many people come to us ready to simply receive. They are at wit’s end with their dog and thinking of rehoming the animal but they are prepared to learn and soon they see real results.
My secret weapon in my work with the dogs is simplicity. My behavioral books are short and simple to read on purpose. My custom, handmade training collar (that will outperform anything on the market btw) is quite simple, and because it’s simple it’s incredibly effective in helping dogs walk calmly. The Garrett Stevens Method of dog training and behavior mod. works very simply and yet brings great results. Stevens Family Kennels is a rather Spartan-type setting but dogs love it and grow more mature when they’re with us.
My advice: Look to simplify your relationship with your dog. Get rid of the fluff and the extraneous stuff in your relationship and in your home life with your dog. Seek out dog dignity. Be direct. Be honest. Be real. Seek simplicity.
“If you cannot explain it simply you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein
(I think of this Einstein quote whenever I see another giant tome about dog behavior or training!)