A new year. A new start. A new time to regroup and better your life… and we hope working with your dog has climbed to the top of your list!
To get you started, we have some tips and tricks to help you build your relationship with your dog, create more trust and understanding between the two of you, and guide you to further developing your dog’s skills in becoming a well-mannered companion.
1. CREATE A PLAN – The Full House training program includes a core set of exercises, including Think to Play, Boundary Corrections and Behavioral Down.
Daily: Switch off between Think to Play and Boundary Corrections to continually create mental composure and a chill attitude around a variety of triggers and environmental excitement. Then, work on specific Top Priority skills as described below.
Top Priorities: Work on one to two practical skills that are frustrating you the most, such as leash pulling, door dashing, jumping on guests, or crate comfort. All of these skills and tons more are taught to our clients in each of our training programs.
Weekly: Depending on the intensity of your dog’s emotions, practice Behavioral Down a minimum of once a week, two to three times if you really need to tame some behaviors. Behavioral Down is a powerful relaxation tool that builds the skill of releasing from emotions and teaches a dog to chill.
2. KEEP YOUR TRAINING SESSIONS SHORT – Quality over quantity! Set a progress goal for each session based on the success and setbacks from your prior session. Start with 10-15 minute sessions and work toward longer sessions as you and your dog are ready.
3. DEDICATE TIME IN YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE – Wake up 15 minutes early or shut off the TV earlier at night. Bottom line… it takes time to develop an amazing companion you and your family will enjoy.
4. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS – Journal your progress, remind yourself of grade school levels, and track rewards that motivated your dog.
5. ALWAYS REMEMBER GRADE SCHOOL LEVEL – This is the icing on the cake for your dog’s successful progress! Remember the 3-Ds to Grade School Level: Distractions, Duration, and Distance from triggers. If your dog is struggling to succeed, change the factors to a level where your dog achieves more success.
Watch for our video shorts on Facebook and Instagram that include portions of training sessions with our dogs and the dogs we train for ideas and training guidance!
If you are stumped and need help creating a training plan for this new year, reach out at email@example.com
Happy New Year!