Five Tips To Help You Get Better Results When Training Your Dog
Tip Number One. Let’s get started. First, don’t expect unrealistically fast results. Adjust your mindset and be prepared to be very consistent and give your dog your undivided attention. For the first year of training the slower you go the faster your results will be.
Focus on getting rough drafts of the thing you’re trying to teach your dog over the first few weeks, then focus on polishing those behaviors in a variety of different circumstances over the next several months.
Tip number two. You won’t have linear progress. Just because you have a good training session with your dog on a particular thing, doesn’t mean that they will now do that thing every time you ask them to forever.
Do you ever remember learning a new math equation in class understanding it and then getting home and forgetting how to do it completely? Your dog goes through the same thing. Just remember that your dog needs time for new concepts to sink in.
Let’s go on with tip number three. Never blame your dog. If you find yourself blaming your dog a lot, that means that you are making too many mistakes, not your dog. Stop and think about how you can break your training down into smaller steps and set your dog up for success.
Our tip number four. Dogs learn best after exercise particularly if you have a high energy dog. Understand that we need to get rid of that energy before it’s realistic to expect them to absorb new concepts.
There’s nothing wrong with your dog if they’re energetic, that’s how we made them be good workers and have the energy lasts all day so we have to counter that no more laid-back culture today by exercising them so that they can more easily comprehend new things.
Tip number 5. Be flexible, things will rarely go exactly as you plan. For example, maybe you and your friends are planning a camping trip and you’re excited to hang around the campfire with your friends and your dog, but in reality, when your dog sees the campsite they get totally freaked out by that campfire and they want nothing to do with it. You may need to adjust your expectations for this particular teaching moment and perhaps create some distance between your dog and the campfire.
Maybe work on something simpler for now. Doing this can really help to build your dog’s confidence over time. Always be flexible and be prepared to change your game plan when necessary.
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