Learners learn what teachers teach – Which isn’t necessarily what teachers think they are teaching…
It is so important to remember the majority of dog training success comes down to the skill of the human.
We all want our dog to be the best they can be. But one of the biggest road blocks to dog training success is having unrealistic expectations of your dog. Be it of their general manners or their progress in a specific behaviour. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having big goals. Shoot for the stars! Just try to remember that you only get out what you put in.
So, if you are having a lot of trouble with a particular behaviour, do a bit of study to see how you can improve your skills and become a more effective teacher for your dog.
In my training ethics, relationship always comes first.
Robotic obedience is not necessarily what I strive for unless of course it is my client’s personal goal. Help your dog be the best dog that they can be by setting realistic expectations and regularly training in achievable circumstances.
If your dog is struggling to get something right ask yourself: What is present in the environment that could be distracting them? How can I make this easier for them? Does my dog really know this behaviour as well as I think they do?
And then ask yourself…
Is there anything that I really, honestly do consistently 100% of the time?
While it is important to teach our dogs good manners it is also important to accept them for who they are.
They deserve that just as much as we do.