Monday, November 2, 2009

Keeping Training Fun!

Yes it is possible to have fun while training your dog. Whether I'm teaching a group class or working with a famiy one-on-one, I always encourage people to have fun! Start by setting realistic training goals for you and your dog. Most people feel overwhelmed because they expect their puppy or untrained adult dog to be 'perfect' after a few weeks of training. The process of training a dog takes time, it's a marathon not a sprint. It's best to set achievable goals and gradually add more skills as your puppy/dog progresses. Keep your training sessions short and sweet, don't have long grueling training sessions, it's not good for you or your dog. Incorporate play and games like fetch or hide and seek into your training. Train in a variety of locations to keep things interesting and ask friends and thier dogs to join you. Some of the nicest people I know are people I've met at dog class so connect with other dog people and let your dogs play. We all want a well trained dog but try not to make it feel too much like a job, have fun!

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