Our Dog Training Methodology - Memphis, TN | Taming the Wild

Your dog’s behavior, at the most fundamental level, is driven by its desire to better its current situation.

Because domestic dogs no longer must hunt to survive like their wolf ancestors, this betterment today usually comes in the form of obtaining something pleasant (treat, ball, petting, food, etc.) or by avoiding something unpleasant (negative reinforcement, a correction, etc.).

Understanding this is critical because proper dog training is centered around developing desirable behaviors while eliminating undesirable behaviors. Nature implemented this system, thousands of years ago, to control behavior within the wolf pack.  

At Taming the Wild, we achieve a very high rate of success because we adhere to this natural, two-dimensional approach while interacting with our clients and their dogs. Rather than simply using "all positive" training, we provide training that recognizes good and bad behaviors. 

The Problem with "All Positive" Training

"All Positive" training can teach a dog to come when called (desirable) when the dog wants “something pleasant” that you are offering, such as a treat, a ball, pet, etc.  However, it can’t teach a dog to come when called when the “something pleasant” you have to offer suddenly becomes less worthwhile to the dog than the squirrel, the cat, other dogs or humans, etc., resulting in the dog not coming when called (undesirable).

This is why the "All Positive" methodology fails. You simply cannot stop unwanted behaviors through the process of bargaining, or by ignoring them or by attempting to love them out of existence. Only the application of something unpleasant to undesired behaviors will make them stop.

Our training approach

At Taming the Wild, we believe you must teach your dog that obeying you is NOT optional. It will always better its situation by always coming when called. By doing so, the dog will obtain something pleasant and avoid something unpleasant. 

If a correction for an undesired behavior is necessary, we follow nature’s method and only apply what is necessary to immediately stop the undesired behavior and promote the desired behavior. Nothing more, and nothing less.

The result is the establishment of a response to the command – “come” – that is steadfast in its reliability and carried out with the soul of the wolf, who has been deemed the champion of compromise and teamwork.


At Taming the Wild, we have an open door policy. You are always welcome to visit our facility and talk with a member of our training staff or view a training session. No appointment is necessary during business hours.

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