IN DOG WE TRUST
Do you trust your dog? Will he listen 100% of the time?
If not, here are some tips.
Baby steps: You have to do training in baby steps. If you want your child to be a great baseball player, for example, you can’t just throw him out in left field and hope for the best. You have to start with basic throw & catch practice and build up to longer throws & catches and then finally try hitting him some balls. After a ton of practice, he still might drop a few under the pressure of an actual game, but he’s much more likely to catch some if he’s had time to gain the skills and confidence needed to perform.
It’s much the same with dogs. They can’t learn “down” or “stay” before learning “sit”. And, if they barely listen to you in the house, they definitely aren’t going to listen to you at the dog park.
Back to Basics: So, go back to basics and make sure your dog can sit in the house with no distractions. Once that’s perfect, then add a small distraction in the house, such as a friend or family member walking into the room. Then, you can try outdoors in an undistracted area, such as your backyard or a deserted park or tennis court. Finally, you can work with him at the dog park or other area where he has issues.
It takes time and patience, but it’s worth is to get the trust you need for your dog to be safe and for you to be relaxed that he’s going to listen.
Here’s a short article with examples of different levels of dog training you can attain – from grade school to PhD! Check it out and see where your dog fits in and get some ideas for some new challenges for you to try. poochcoach.com/levels-of-dog-obedience-training/