Ever watch a training class and notice how owners who obviously enjoy training have dogs that clearly enjoy their lessons? Meanwhile, people who ignore instructions and appear perpetually bored invariably own dogs that act the same.
Putting energy and a good attitude into training proves invaluable in gaining the same response from your dog.
“Training is a team effort” says Karen Widaman, senior trainer at It’s A Dog’s World K-9 Academy, Inc.
If you lead a busy life and squeeze your training in at the end of a long, tiring day, rearrange your schedule so you train earlier, if possible. Avoid the “I’m too tired to train” attitude by planning two short sessions. That way, you won’t feel like you face a marathon training session every day. Use positive, reward-based methods to make short lessons productive and fun for you and your dog.