TRAINING THE HARD TO TRAIN DOG
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TAKE A CLASS: It’s as much about training the owner as it is the dog. Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge on how to appropriately train with the support of a professional trainer. LEADERSHIP: Dog’s do amazing things for their companions. If you have little time or patients for the dog, s/he will be reluctant to listen to you. Build a strong bond with them and set the right tone in the household. This means, ensuring all members of the household are involved in training and are consistent with the commands and rules. HAVE FUN: Dog training has evolved over the years and has become more effective and fun. If your dog still loses interest quickly, find what motivates them. This could be higher value treats, a favorite toy, or a game of tug as a reward for a job well done. By keeping training bursts short, positive, and highly rewarding you should see your dog’s attention span and willingness increase. BRAIN GAMES: A tired dog is a well-behaved dog! Have them earn their meal either thru a series of commands or a puzzle/toy dispenser. Keeping high drive or dogs that never tire mentally stimulated will help avoid boredom and naughty behavior. SET UP FOR SUCCESS: Eliminate as many distractions by beginning with a quiet, familiar environment. Proceed once your dog’s level of impulse control and listening skills have improved. Always use high value treats when teaching your dog something new and train when your dog is hungry.
As a trainer, I often hear from frustrated owners claiming their dog is ‘stubborn,’ ‘independent’ or ‘too smart for their own good.’ If training your puppy or new to you dog is proving to be more challenging than expected, do not be discouraged. Here are some tips to hold onto your sanity and get on the right track in raising a well-mannered and happy dog.
Happy Training everyone! Rachelle is the owner and founder of Dogs Crossing.
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