A big part of positive training is setting your dog (and you) up for success. You want to make it easy for him to make the correct choice.
- Start off any new skill in a quiet place free from distractions (for you and the dog – turn off your mobile!).
- Don’t instigate a training session when you or your dog are stressed or grumpy.
- Have everything you need ready at the start of training.
- Know what you want to get out of the session.
- Cut out any talking except for what’s required for training.
- Be patient and clear with your dog.
- Don’t make sessions too long – 5-10 mins is fine.
- If your dog is not displaying the behaviour you intended, or is struggling in any way, go back a step or two
- Ensure your dog has access to fresh drinking water – dogs get thirsty when they’re learning