Updated: May 18, 2021
Are you ready to find out two of the biggest dog training mistakes that are preventing you from getting real life dog training results?
Often I get calls from owners that say they don't understand why their dog training isn't working. They have taught their dog to sit, down, stay, come, rollover, and heel. They took the puppy classes, and in fact, they were one of the best listeners in class.
Fast forward six months later, and walks are terrible, forget going to the pet store. Fido is always pulling when he goes out with his owner, and never listens to directions outside of the house; it was like he never learned a single command. What happened? Why doesn't Fido listen? What do I wish someone told me when I first started training?
First, I wish someone explained that it is not so much about teaching my dogs commands like sit and down, but more about teaching them to want be with and work with me. Commands are easy to learn and often quickly forgotten in exciting situations. Teaching a dog the value of being close to you and teaching them that you are the most exciting thing in the world changes your training and relationship in invaluable ways!
While my dogs know many commands, sit, down, take a bow, and more, they are not the basis of our training sessions. We like to work on impulse control, play, the value in proximity to me, being able to orient to me, and listening through arousal. We do all these things by playing various games that make training sessions so much more enjoyable for all of us!