Setting your dog up for success
The most importance goal for you and your dog is setting your dog up for success.
Always take small steps in the learning process. If you rush the training and learning process, it will be wasted. Your dog will be lost in confusion, and will lose the ability to understand the cues properly.
- Have realistic goals when training your dog.
- Remember that training has to be fun.
- Bonding with your dog while training or playing helps with the proper learning process, and increases the trust between you and your dog.
- Showing leadership helps to build a healthy relationship with your dog.
- Set boundaries, such as for example: Who is going out the door first.
- Always take small steps in the training.
- If training fails and your dog gets confused, go back to where the training worked, so your dog still feels confident in the learning process.
- Start training with no distractions, and slowly begin to increase the level of distractions by going outside, and in your surrounding area (with caution), while the dog still is confident in the training process.
- Give the dog plenty of exercise such as walks and play time.
- Do obedience cues, such as “sit”, “down”, “stay” etc.
I’m a certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College. In my training I only use the positive reinforcement technique to connect and redirect the dog(s) attention.