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Successful Dog Training Tips

Part III of Laying the Foundation for Dog Training

By Guest Blogger Jonathan Klein of I Said Sit! School For Dogs and The Dog Behavior Expert

Dog Trainer Jonathan Klein of I Said Sit! Dog Training School

If we want to positively influence our dogs, we must make an honest assessment of the cause of their behaviors prior to training. At this stage, you will have controlled your dog’s access in the house and monitored his food intake. The next step is to start understanding how your dog learns.

Dogs are not born with bad habits; they learn and develop them over time and your dog will become an expert at anything he is allowed to practice. What’s more, good habits are as hard to change as bad habits so the sooner we start the new and stop the old, the easier our training becomes. That’s why the more we control the environment and are diligent in our training, the faster we will see results. The more random our training, the more hit or miss the outcome will be and the more frustration both the owner and the dog will feel.

As you work with your trainer, or one-on-one with your dog, you will develop and modify your training plan to make sure you’re not advancing too quickly. The goal is to promote success so we want to maintain a level where your dog can learn and progress without setbacks and failure. We must know what stage we are at in our training plan and make the adjustments that are necessary.

We must also pay close attention to our dog’s emotional state during the training. If he’s too distracted to concentrate then we need to find an easier training place. If your dog is closed off or shut down, then we need to allow him to relax and make life seem a little more pleasant. If he is stressed or angry, we need to change that so your dog is in a happy place.

Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows the joy they bring to our lives, but almost any dog owner would agree that there are times when our dogs can be frustrating. By establishing a foundation for training, you will form a closer bond with your dog.

Editor’s Note
This is Part III of a series of posts from Jonathan Klein. You can read the first post on laying the foundations for dog training by clicking here. To read the second post on Having Your Dog Adapt to You, click here.

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