YOU The Trainer in Training and Your Dog
The pavement was bustling with window shoppers Holiday decorations competed with gifts in the gleaming glass windows. Children and adults alike were peering excitedly and enthusiastically at the eye catching and colorful displays. Although the crowds were jostling, everyone moved aside just a little to let the elegantly groomed Madeline pass by, sitting herself down by Mum’s side.
“How obedient” was the general refrain as the shoppers paused briefly.
“How wonderful to be able to take your dog anywhere”.
“I wish my hubby was as patient as that around the shops” said one woman wistfully.
All dog owners aspire to own a pooch that can literally go anywhere and be a part of the family.
Is there a secret to owning such a dog?
While most trainers agree that patience, time and consistency are key to successfully train your dog, there is one component that is often forgotten.
Learning and understanding how your dog communicates with other dogs and humans
If there is a big secret about dog training … in my opinion that’s the one.
The investment in time and money that your put in learning to understand the canine world better will show in your relationship with your dog and reflect on your training.
Think about it for a second. Dogs and humans are different species trying to co-habitate under one roof. No wonder there is often confusion on both side.
Did you known that
- when your dog wags his tail, it is not always a sign of happiness.
- When he yawns it does not mean that he is tired
- When he barks is head off, he is actually trying to tell you something
- Do you wonder why your dog does not come when you call him? May be it has to do with your body language.
While your puppy may not be a mind reader he is a body reader. From the moment he walks into your home you are being studied and watched. Dogs are non verbal communicators and speak with their body and facial expressions. They are masters at reading body language.
We human can get sloppy with our body language and we send mixed messages to our dog all the time.
This is where the confusion comes in.
Effective training start with communication and understanding. This is why you must take the time to learn and understand your dog. This step will keep training fun and enjoyable for both of you
Training your dog is a learning curve for both your pooch and yourself.
Dogs are very forgiven in many ways. While you learn more about your best friend and practice together, you will make mistakes, feel frustrated and overwhelmed.
- Be patient with your dog and yourself
- Stay consistent
- Keep your training session short
- Have fun together. Training is great but do not forget to play and spend some quality time together.
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