Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 Things No One Ever Told You About Training Your Dog
·         by Suzanne Kalafian
“But My Dog Still……”

These are four words I hear very often and something not spoken about often enough.
We all have expectations when we start a class with our puppies or rescue dogs, so we look for classes that will teach us all the behaviors we would like our dogs to know. In reading the class descriptions we see that the class is 6 weeks long and we feel a sense of relief that our dog will no longer be jumping on people or pulling on leash and will come when called (just to name a few things) in 6 weeks time.
Here is what they don’t tell you:
A six-week class will not produce 100% consistent behaviors.  Training classes are just a beginning; they are a foundation of learning.  These classes will give you the skills to teach your dog new things.
These classes don’t always tell you how to reduce treats and still have consistent behaviors or how to handle distractions of normal life. And sometimes you have to read between the lines and alter what you do a little bit to find what works best for you and your dog.
You never see a time frame on how long it will take to train your dog. This is because there are too many variables to give definite time frames, but I hope to shed some light on in my next 2 posts.
That’s not to say you won’t see improvements. Watching for progress and recognizing it is an important part of training your dog. And it’s likely that during the course of a training class your dog will learn several behaviors and how to do them well.

But it’s unlikely that you’ll see 100% consistency, with your dog being able to perform those behaviors every time you ask, in every location, regardless of distractions. HOW consistently your dog is able to perform them will vary based on a number of factors that I’ll address in my next post.

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