How To Make Dog Training More Fun
Dog training is something you should enjoy doing with your dog not something that you dread. Training with your dog can be exciting when the light bulb goes off and the dog grasps the new exercise. It is just as exciting for the dog as it is for the trainer.
Change Up The Order
One thing that you can do to add a little excitement to your training sessions is to change things around. Don’t get into the habit of always making your training sessions the same. Change the order that you do the exercises in so your dog does not get bored.
Try Different Locations
After the initial training it is a good idea to change up your training locations. Start inside, move to the backyard and then to the front yard. Once your dog is doing the exercises well in the front yard then start doing them while you go for a walk around the neighborhood.
Incorporate Into Everyday Life
When your dog has started doing the exercises well start using them in your everyday life. For example, start requiring your dog to do a down stay while you eat dinner or a sit stay while you wash the dishes. Get the dog used to the fact that these exercises aren’t used just during training, they are required all the time.
Keep in mind that training should not only be fun for you but it should also be fun for your dog. Make sure you give your dog plenty of praise when he does a good job.
Have Fun After Training
Do something that your dog enjoys after a training session. If your dog likes to retrieve a ball then throw it. If he enjoys a walk, then walk him. This gives your dog something to look forward to after each training session.
Remember that training your dog establishes you as the pack leader and helps develop a good pack leader/dog relationship. It’s great to have a well trained dog that you can take with you and be assured that your dog will not be a problem. So go out there and enjoy the training!