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Effective Dog Training
Attitude really is everything and that is especially true in dog training :). On the surface attitude is the way you transmit your mood to others and that is vital for your training relationship with your dog. Your mood will affect their mood and nobody wants learn from a Negative Nancy. You need to be upbeat and joyful so that you AND your dog have fun!
The way you perceive training also affects your attitude. Nothing can destroy the possibility of effective training more quickly than the wrong outlook on the training process. If you approach training like a chore, it will feel like one to both you and your dog. But if you approach it like a game, you both will be eager to play whenever you have the time. Seriously, dog training should be fun!
So before you start any sort of training session (whether a formal class or just a quick session at home) remember to evaluate your thinking. Are you ready to find the silver lining and keep smiling no matter what your dog may throw at you? :)
|Rookie has a goofy smile, but he sure loves|
Attitude is the mind's paintbrush. It can color any situation. ~Bob Leslie
If you find yourself in need of an attitude adjustment, here are a few practical suggestions:
- Believe in your dog and yourself. If you believe you can, you most definitely will. So tackle that next trick or behavior with confidence!
- Clarify your goals. A mission provides direction and perspective, and helps you achieve better focus.
- Allow yourself adequate time to prepare for the training session. Avoid rushing to start a session - take a deep breath, gather your thoughts, focus on the goal, and then get started. :)
- Make a list of all the reasons why you love your dog and are grateful they are in your life. Refer back to this list when you start to get frustrated or have a bad training session. Gratitude is a stepping stone to maintaining a positive attitude!
- Ditch the structured training session you had planned and just play with your dog. Find a way to incorporate some training into your play session so that you both keep a smile on your face. Laughter and lightheartedness are the best medicine for pretty much everything :).