Just like humans, dogs are social creatures and socialization is critical whether you have a new puppy or recently adopted a 6-year old dog. So we spoke to the talented Los Angeles-based dog trainer, Adam Silverman, all about socializing your closest confidants.
Adam has always been interested in pack dynamics and communication between dogs. His first job was working with hunting dogs on obedience training and behavioral issues. He then spent seven years training guide dogs for the blind. “I’ve had so much hands-on experience when I’m working with a client,” said Adam. “I really focus on participating in the training process and actually training the dog. A lot of trainers train the person to train the dog. That can work, but it depends on the client’s capabilities.”
Adam’s experience is fairly diverse and he’s best known as a balance trainer, which involves the use of both reward-based techniques and aversive consequences when needed. You can even catch him in the documentary Pick of the Litter, which is about five puppies on a two-year quest to become guide dogs for the blind.