Using patience can be the best method when teaching your dog to be responsive for the best outcome!
Lots of people think training their dog to be obedient or well behaved means constant drills, repetition, being stern, stubborn and authoritative. This is not necessarily the most productive, successful or enjoyable way to get results.
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Dogs like people, have different temperaments, learning abilities, levels of comprehension and don’t all get motivated the same way. Having said that, there are many different styles of training and theory on what is the best way to train your dog. One method isn’t necessarily better than another, (as long as it is safe, fair and abuse free) however, given the perimeters, most people just want results quickly.
At Awesome K9 in Ottawa Ontario, we thrive on your specific needs, comfort zones, your dogs temperament, learning abilities as well as personality and what motivates them best. In any case the biggest obstacle we see, is time and patience.
Taking the time to let the dog process what you want is key. Giving them clear and simple instruction is not about “barking” commands. It is about letting the dog make simple choices. (Like “yes” and “no”) We need to stay relaxed, while being firm, as well as calm and patient to give them a chance.
Making things black or white and being consistent is one way of explaining it. This approach can be applied to many methods of training and increase your success rate 10 fold. When the dog gets rewarded (be it treats, praise or play) this confirms for the dog that they have made the correct choice and they are successful. It also “motivates” them more effectively as well as stimulate them mentally. When you allow your dog to mentally work to make choices, you will find they will also be tired and more relaxed when your training session is over.
For more information on this process feel free to check out our website at awesomek9.com or contact us for more details on how to learn the process.