Dog Training New Year’s Resolutions

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I compiled a list of some suggested New Year’s resolutions relating to dog training.

dog training new year's resolutions1.          I will stop labeling my dog. Calling your dog dumb, stubborn, bad, or jealous will not help you to solve the behavior issue and may actually prevent you from getting to the root of the cause.

2.         I will pay attention to those behaviors my dog does that I want to see more of and makes those behavior choices more valuable by offering positive reinforcement immediately upon seeing them.

3.         I will give my dog plenty of appropriate outlets to exercise his body and mind in positive ways, and I will include myself in some of those choices. Not only is this a great relationship builder, it is a great way to incorporate positive teaching (and learning), enhance socialization skills, build stronger bodies, and improve quality of life, Oh yes, and when we give our pets appropriate (and valuable) choices to use the energy that is innate to them, they will be less likely to come up with their own choices for using their energy.

4.         I will incorporate training into my everyday life. Remember – on every minute of every day that we are alive we are learning by the consequences of our behavior. Be aware of that with your dog. Instead of feeding your dog when he comes to you and whines, wait until he is laying down and relaxed to give him that treat.  When you take out his leash, instead of clipping it on while he is excitedly jumping and wiggling, wait until he sits.

5.         Instead of blaming your dog when he does something that you do not like, stop and ask yourself,  “What was the consequence of value to my pet in making that choice and what could I have done differently to have not given him that opportunity?,” and “What behavior would I have liked for
him to do instead?” … then teach him that behavior.

7.         I will incorporate fun into every day.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and educational 2014!

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