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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Set Your Dog Up For Success With Positive Training

dog training What does it mean to set your dog up for success?
Positive training is all the rage, and it should be! Who wants their dog to listen to them out of fear or anything related to that? Not me. I would much rather my dogs respect me than fear me. If your a dog owner, you know all about training sessions, and keeping things positive, but what about ensuring your dog has success during training?




Setting Your Dog Up For Success:
Dogs are sensitive animals. They have feelings, they have huge hearts, and they love their people.When your in a training session with your 4 legged friend, it is important to keep their feelings in mind. By setting your dog up for success, you are preventing failure, which in turn will not only lead to a better training session, but you will accomplish a lot more than you would by being frustrated, and having a stressed out pup! 

Quick Tip: When training, set realistic goals for you and your dog. Create short and sweet sessions rather than long frustrating ones. And whatever you do, do not try to do any complicated trick training until you have the basics down. If you set unrealistic goals for your dog, it will only result in failure, which won't work for anyone, and will make any future training with your pup very difficult. Your dog will quickly learn that training sessions are no fun and he will not be very willing to work with you if he keeps failing at something you set up for him.

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So remember, the key to training your dog is realistic goals. Work your way up from there, and you are on your way to a well trained pup. Happy training, and hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Because the huskies are curious to know:
Do you find your training sessions end up in frustration?

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24 comments:

  1. Great post! I don't usually feel frustrated during training sessions. Sometimes out in the world though!

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    1. Thanks! I try to always keep in mind that when training, if either me or the dog are beginning to feel frustrated, it's time for a break!

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  2. Good post guys. You must have a sound relationship with your dog to achieve results.

    sumskersandearlskers13.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely! And a talented pup like yourself would know huh Earl?

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  3. Believe it or not this also works with cats......we are very trainable (when we WANT to be) but positive reinforcement and encouragement (and understanding) work wonders with us !

    Hugs, Sammy

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  4. Yes it works with all living creatures :)

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  5. Our hunt test training is a bit different. We do not set the dogs up for easy success. As their training advances we set them up so they can make choices (they know which is correct and which is wrong). But we do always try to stop for the day if they have done something really well so that we end on a good note. Even if they have had a difficult training day, we make sure to quit once they have had success even if it is small. I think that is the hardest concept for novice trainers to understand. Many think the dog must run a set-up perfect and rerun and rerun until they do. That does not always benefit the dog as much as getting a part of it right and then quitting to try another day. :)

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    1. I can understand how training would be different for you and the brown dogs for sure. I have no experience training the dogs to hunt or run blinds or any of that stuff, but I can see how they would need to make their own choices in what they do. I like what you said about ending the day on a good note. I definitely agree with that. By ending the day on a good note I think helps our dogs look forward to the next training session and gets them eager to learn more.

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  6. Great advice. I agree that everything should sprout from positive feelings.

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  7. Very good advise. The doggie trainer I went to also subscribed to this theory.

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    1. It really has so many great benefits!

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  8. Nice training tip! With several dogs at our house it is important for us human's to remember the different experiences and skill levels of each dog. Realistic expectations are very important. Love the tweet box!

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    1. Thanks! And yes I agree, it is so important to have realistic goals and expectations when training.

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  9. Great tips! I always have to remind myself not to move too fast! I want my pugs to look forward to training so I do try to keep it fun, and end with some fun play time.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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    1. Exactly, and keeping it fun is definitely key when training.

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