Two Steps Forward....oN3 sTEp baCK
How much happier would you be if you could trust your dog and how much calmer and more peaceful would your dog be if he knew what to expect and could count on you... the circle continues on and on....
It's not just words... I live it with my dogs every day and with and whoever the Immersion Training program dog is too ........ We are a family, a unit, a "pack" (dare I say the word that is not in vogue anymore :) I have gone through major life an pack changes that affect the family pack it's always part of the bigger picture 10% of the behavior you dont like in your dog is created by the OTHER 90% of the way he lives... think about it. Curious right ? but so true. So that 90% is the stuff that has to change to be successful. And it has to be life stuff, it can't be walking around in a circle doing left or right turns, its being out on the street facing life as you live it at home with your dog.
When you start addressing and changing every day things you do, you will see the most significant changes. Away from your formal training time. People ask how much should I train my dog everyday. The standard answer is in a formal way maybe twice a day for about 10 minutes... BUT...... the real training is ALL THE TIME. It's in that moment you pause and wait for you dog to be calm before you go out the door, or in being aware that you are ignoring a pushy behavior while your dog brings a ball while you try to watch TV. That is REAL training, and that is where you find true success. If you are struggling- look there, that's where you will find it... Look in the every day- every moment things you do with your dog, pay attention to the things you constantly reinforce with him. And there will be your answer.
As you start to see HUGE progress with things, keep in mind the old adage- two steps forward one step back. As with any kind of learning- it's never a straight perfect path to success no matter how good you and your dog are doing. It part of fluxes in the learning cycle. I need to remind people (and myself!!) of that all the time. When you have that moment or day when nothing seems to go right, just step back and say omg this is just what she was talking about- it's the two steps forward one step back thing.!... Take a break, pause, reflect, and step away. Things WILL go back to normal where you were, you'll very quickly be back to where you were and can continue on from there.
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Thanks! Rose @Cold Creek Dog Training
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