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Dog training isn’t a trick, it’s a way of life
By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger,
Your dog is always watching and learning. Make sure you are always enforcing and rewarding good behavior, while simultaneously discouraging unwanted behaviors. The behaviors you want will become a way of life for your dog and you will appreciate their reliability.
Set your dog up for success, not failure
- Don’t take your dog to Disney World if he cannot behave in the library. In other words, don’t put your dog into situations in which he is not ready for and make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew.
Even dogs have days off
- Watch for your dog’s overall health. If he is ill, has an injury, or is tired give him a break. Even dogs should get a “weekend”.
Stay calm and remain patient
- Your dog will respond best if you remain calm and patient. Training can be frustrating, so take your time. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, slow things down, and put your dog in a position in which he can learn. If needed breath slowly and count to 20. If that doesn’t work, end on a good note and come back when you are in a better state of mind.
Always remain confident and positive
- Your dog can sense your emotions. If you are discouraged and frustrated he will know, and as a result he will not respond as well as he could.
End your training sessions on a high note
- If your dog is doing great, end the session on a high note. Let your dog thing about all of the successes he just had.
*for more dog training tips, see 15 Facts Everyone Should Know About Dog Training Part 3
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