Having a great relationship with your dog takes a lot of work, a ton of patience, and the humility to remember you are only half of the equation. If you are up to the challenge, you need only look down to find your willing partner.
Teach your Canine well
Whether it’s kindergarten for your pup or night-school for a rescue dog, the foundation for a happy, well-adjusted dog is constructed with time and guidance. The domestic dog brings with it an evolved ability to learn and comprehend. It is your job to provide them with the social situations, direction, and experiences to help them cope and thrive within the complexity of the human world.
Accentuate the positive!!
Building off activities your dog innately finds enjoyable is a wonderful tool to incorporate into your training arsenal and will help you reach a more advanced training level. It is important to recognize your dog’s natural talents and incorporate them into your training. Maybe you wanted a “fetcher” but ended up with a “sniffer”. Put the ball away and start putting that nose to work. Teach “find it” and be proud of your retriever that can find a piece of kibble hidden under your dirty laundry! Working against your dog’s nature is much like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. By understanding your dog and what drives them, you will have two of the most important keys to a happy and successfully trained canine.
Teach, play, accept and enjoy. Pour your heart into building a relationship of trust and understanding. Rest assured, at the end of the day you will find an outstretched muzzle across your lap and hear a drawn-out exhale whispering back, “It’s working.”