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Saturday, March 20, 2010

When Training, Always Keep it Slow

We Americans always like things fast. We love fast food. We always want to be in the fast lane. We read the Cliff Notes and not the Book.... It doesn't work that way with our best friends...

One of the biggest reasons that we have problems training our dogs is that we are impatient and want the training to be fast. Dogs learn through repetition and consistency. Neither of these two words connote "fast".

The best way to train is to take "baby steps". If our dog is having a hard time sitting, let's first make sure that he can stand next to us and look at us. If he can't do that, he won't be able to sit. If our dog is misbehaving while in a room full of people, let's first make sure that he might be in the room with just ourselves.

The secret to this process is to break down our training exercise into many "little goals". Each goal is obtainable and is required before we move on to the next "little goal". You will now be able to succeed because you have forced yourself to take "baby steps".

This will allow you to be consistent and succeed. Your dog will feel better because he will have the ability to obey you, you will gain much needed confidence. The relationship between you and your dog will be a happy, learning, and loving experience.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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