Just a quick reminder…if are having dog training problems with motivation and your pet is not ‘getting’ what it is that you want him/her to learn, there are SO many possible reasons. It could be the environment is too distracting or your reinforcers are not valued enough or your timing is off or you are not providing clarity in what behaviors you are reinforcing or your pet is feeling too much pressure or any number of other things. If you are not having success, best to stop, take a deep breath, and think about the lesson and how you can make changes to help you and your student succeed.
Motivation. According to the dictionary, it is the state or condition of having a strong reason to act or accomplish something.
Think about that for a minute and how that has impacted your ability to learn and achieve goals. Let’s try something. Write down an accomplishment of which you are proud. Then write down the compelling factors that inspired and encouraged you to reach within yourself to succeed.
I am always on the look out for opportunities to learn from experts in training through positive reinforcement. And I’ve got to say, the two days that I spent in Columbus at PosiDog taking a course from internationally renowned trainer Dave Kroyer were absolutely invaluable.