If you know me then you know everything I do at Super Dooper Dog Training is about relationship. Bond. Love. Trust. Friendship. Guidance. Calm-Cool-Quiet-Confident Pack Leadership.
Last week, I was sitting by the fire on a snowy afternoon here in Park City and out of curiosity; I grabbed this old book that’s been on our bookshelf for years. It’s so old that it’s probably out of print by now, though I hope not. It’s called, The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training, by Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis, published in 1997.
Remember “Uncle Matty”? In the ‘90s, he had his own dog training TV series, filmed out in California where he was known as the Trainer to the Hollywood Stars. Sound familiar? I wasn’t even a dog trainer back then, I was still in the car business, but I loved watching his shows. Maybe, he was one of the sparks to becoming the dog trainer I am today.
Uncle Matty was a true Maverick. In this book, he devotes a whole chapter on the subject of Friendship. Listen gang, back in 1997, hardly anyone was using terms like friendship and trust and bonding…
Enjoy reading his opening lines in this chapter…
I believe bonding with your dog is the most important thing you can do, especially as a preparation for obedience training. If you bond with your dog, you will have the best relationship possible and training will be as much fun as it is successful.
Thank you Uncle Matty… well said. No wonder I kept this book!