Doggyality: Cognitive Training For Dogs and Humans


Dog trainer Larry Fine’s landmark Doggyality method has won fans across the country, virtually rewriting the manual on keeping your dog happy, healthy, and well-behaved. Here for the first time is Fine’s unique and innovative technique, all in one engagingly written, easy to digest book. From puppy training and obedience, to behavior modification and socialization.

From Larry Fine, Author of Doggyality:

The Doggyality method places heavy emphasis on cognitive learning. This style establishes trusted and respected leadership for humans, and a happy, well balanced life for dogs.

The goal is for your dog to learn behavior, not just learn to perform it.

Instead of asking dogs to assimilate to our world, we should be meeting them halfway. That means learning more about what the world is like from their perspective. Once we do that, we can help them adjust in a manner that is consistent with their strengths and abilities. And since each dog is an individual, there is no perfect formula or one-size-fits-all method that will work for every dog.

What is Cognitive Training?

Cognitive techniques make lasting mental impressions, allowing an owner to have more control over the dog’s mind, rather than physical correction. The tools we use are impulse and space control, plus counter conditioning exercises. Since every dog is unique, the approach will differ from case to case. My techniques are largely non verbal and non contact.

Cognitive based training utilizes the thought process of both dog and human. When things become too routine oriented, the thought process disappears and the action becomes reflex. For example, many owners ask for paw immediately following a sit. After a while, dog performs sit, then automatically raises paw without command. Ideally, the dog should be thinking and wait for the paw command.

We work on issues at the core. You want your dog to stop barking. I want to know why your dog is barking and work on the issue from there. We can stop the barking, but if the underlying issue is not dealt with, another behavior will take its place. Humans must maintain a cognitive process as well to ensure the dog understands what we want. Effective communication is necessary. I will show you how body language, posture, and state of mind guide the dog into making better decisions.

The focus is more on state of mind than body position. We employ a choice based system. By allowing the dog to work through the learning process, they are more likely to repeat the positive behaviors and reduce the negative behaviors. Unwanted behaviors took time to develop, they will take time to overcome. My method, along with your dedication, positive energy, and confident state of mind will earn your dog’s respect. Consistency and patience will keep it.