It's easy to let your training backslide, busy schedules, work, activities, etc. It can be hard to keep yourself on track much less fit Fido into your busy schedule.
How do you know when your training is backsliding? It's pretty easy to figure out.
- you find yourself feeling frustrated with your dog
- your once responsive pooch is paying less and less attention to you
- your dog stops responding to cues they were quick to respond to in the past
- they become much more vocal
- their house manners have gone out the window, they are replaced with counter surfing, jumping on guests, digging, chewing, stealing
- your dog thinks his name is NO!
- you question why you ever got a dog
- you blame the dog or the training method for the breakdown in behavior
- dust off your clicker and put it to work
- practice the skills your dog learned in class, it will come flooding back
- reward/reinforce appropriate behaviors, positive attention is always better than negative attention
- find time for a daily walk
- remind yourself why you got a dog, to be a friend and companion